Three qualifying tournaments were played to establish the last five entrants to the World Championship. Two groups of four played in Europe, first and second place from each advanced, while the others were relegated to Group B. The winner of the "Far East" tournament advanced to the World Championship, while the losers played in Group C.
Played 5–8 November 1998 in Klagenfurt.
The United States and Austria advanced to the World Championship.
Played 5–8 November 1998 in Ljubljana.
The Ukraine and France advanced to the World Championship.
Played 4–6 September 1998 in Tokyo.
Japan advanced to the World Championship.
In each group, the top two nations advanced to the next round. Third place teams played a final round against each other to determine who escaped having to qualify for next year's tournament. Fourth place teams did not play further, they were automatically entered in qualifiers for next year's tournament.
Italy was relegated to the qualifiers for the 2000 IIHF World Championship.
France was relegated to the qualifiers for the 2000 IIHF World Championship.
Japan was relegated to the qualifiers for the 2000 IIHF World Championship.
The Ukraine was relegated to the qualifiers for the 2000 IIHF World Championship.
Each playoff match up consisted of a two-game series. If tied, the two teams would play an overtime-style mini game (10 minutes in duration for the semi-finals and 20 minutes in the final) to determine the winner, and then a shoot-out if no scoring occurred. The only mini-game to go to a shoot-out was the Czech versus Canada tiebreaker, with a 4 to 3 Czech victory. Note that the mini-games show up as a game played in the players statistics. The exception was for the Bronze medal game which was just one game.
Latvia and Norway were relegated to the qualifiers for the 2000 IIHF World Championship.
The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:
Places eleven through sixteen had to play in qualifying tournaments for entry into the 2000 tournament.
List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.
Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.