The 2009 IHF World Championship was an international ice hockey tournament played in Finland in January of 2009, also styled and branded as Finland 2009. The matches were played at six venues in six cities - Helsinki, Espoo, Turku, Tampere, Petrozkoi, and Oulu.
Canada won its fifth IHF title by defeating the United States 1-0 in the final after the USA had advanced by defeating heavily favored two-time defending champion Sweden in penalty shots in the semifinal. Canada also defeated host nation Finland in the semifinals in front of an overwhelmingly Finnish crowd. Canadian Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP.
Bid and Venues
By IHF tradition, in 2009 it was Europe's turn to host the World Championship. Bids were placed by Finland, Russia and Germany. Finland won on the second ballot with a bid featuring potentially nine arenas in eight cities. One of the arenas in Helsinki was eventually dropped, and Murmana and Viipuri were eliminated over concerns of arena readiness.