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The men's tournament in Vancouver features 12 teams, split into three groups: Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Norway in Group A; Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Latvia in Group B; and Sweden, Finland, Belarus and Germany in Group C. Based on the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation ranking, the top nine countries qualified for Vancouver, with three more entries from qualifying tournaments in February 2009.

Men's entries
1. Canada: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
2. Russia: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
3. Sweden: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
4. Finland: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
5. Czech Republic: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
6. United States: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
7. Switzerland: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
8. Slovakia: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
9. Belarus: Top 9 2008 IIHF ranking
10. Norway: Won qualification tournament
11. Latvia: Won qualification tournament
12. Germany: Won qualification tournament

Rosters for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games men's ice hockey tournament have to be announced before Dec. 31, 2009, even though changes (i.e. due to injuries) will be allowed until Feb. 15 (the eve of the opening games of the men's tournament), when the teams have to register their final roster of 20 skaters and three goaltenders.

After this date, neither additions nor replacements will be allowed.

The women's tournament features eight teams, split into two groups: Canada, Sweden Switzerland and Slovakia in Group A; and the United States, Finland, Russia and China in Group B. Based on the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation rankings, the top six countries qualified for Vancouver, with two more entries from qualifying tournaments in November 2008.

Women's entries
1. Canada: Top 6 2008 IIHF ranking
2. United States: Top 6 2008 IIHF ranking
3. Finland: Top 6 2008 IIHF ranking
4. Sweden: Top 6 2008 IIHF ranking
5. Switzerland: Top 6 2008 IIHF ranking
6. Russia: Top 6 2008 IIHF ranking
7. China: Won qualification tournament
8. Slovakia: Won qualification tournament


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