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    This actually got a lot of media here in Georgia....

    This actually got a lot of media here in Georgia. The players had a big reception at the airport, visited the Ministry of Sports, and have been on TV and all over news sites. They also are not afraid...
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    Yeah I saw that soon after. At least its a step...

    Yeah I saw that soon after. At least its a step up from ethnic Russians I guess.
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    Well I will retract, in part, my concerns for the...

    Well I will retract, in part, my concerns for the Georgians using Russian players. In their 11-1 win over Hong Kong today ethnic Georgians had 9 goals, and while I didn't get to see the game, the...
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    Georgia beat Turkey in the first game of the...

    Georgia beat Turkey in the first game of the tournament. As I noted elsewhere, Georgia is using a lot of Russians (they scored three of the six Georgian goals). Now an argument can be had that they...
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    North Korea regroups from their loss against...

    North Korea regroups from their loss against Spain with what has to be considered an upset win over Mexico. That may shake things up in the final standings now.
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    They have their preliminary roster up now, and it...

    They have their preliminary roster up now, and it seemingly has even more ethnic Russian players than ever. While that doesn't necessarily mean anything, I really hope those guys are locals and not...
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    Found the Turkmenistan roster on my history,...

    Found the Turkmenistan roster on my history, figured I'd share it here:

    http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/649/IHM6490TKM_32E_2_0_TKM.pdf
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    I took a look at the entry list while it was up,...

    I took a look at the entry list while it was up, and while there were a few Russian names, the vast majority of the players had very Turkmen names. Now that obviously doesn't prove anything, but it...
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    Looking at the schedule for Division III...

    Looking at the schedule for Division III Qualification, and see that Turkmenistan dropped out. Now it's just a two-team tournament between Taipei and South Africa, playing three games. A shame the...
  10. Turkmenistan has the support of their dictatorial...

    Turkmenistan has the support of their dictatorial president, who said a few years ago he wants them to develop hockey. With it being of the calibre of North Korea, just with money from natural gas,...
  11. Nice to see both Turkmenistan and Kuwait are...

    Nice to see both Turkmenistan and Kuwait are playing in the World Championships next year, in a Division III Qualification tournament with the United Arab Emirates. Turkmenistan is also sending a...
  12. Great thanks for noticing that detail. I figured...

    Great thanks for noticing that detail. I figured someone here would know what was on those sweaters.
  13. Photos of Netherlands and Yugoslavia in 1961

    Just noticed that Wikipedia, courtesy of the Dutch archives, has some photos from the 1961 World Championship Pool C match between Yugoslavia and the Netherlands, available at the following link....
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    Impressive win for Luxembourg, really great to...

    Impressive win for Luxembourg, really great to see them earn the promotion. First time they've ever won a gold medal at the World Championships, so they must be happy for that. Will be interesting to...
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    Yeah, I misread the standings. Rough tournament...

    Yeah, I misread the standings. Rough tournament for them, hope enough teams show up like mentioned to have a qualifier next year so this doesn't happen again.
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    UAE looking like they may get shut out the entire...

    UAE looking like they may get shut out the entire tournament. Got to think that'll make them reconsider trying to do so much again. Can't be fun for the players either to not even get on the...
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    19-0 is the final score. Interesting that Georgia...

    19-0 is the final score. Interesting that Georgia only scored 2 goals in the second, compared to 9 and then 8 in the first and third; have to wonder if they maybe paced themselves a bit then, as I...
  18. Poland played Slovakia twice the past few days....

    Poland played Slovakia twice the past few days. The Slovaks won the first match 6-1, while the Poles came out with a 5-1 win in the second.
  19. Romania shut out by Iceland, which gives...

    Romania shut out by Iceland, which gives Australia a decent chance now to keep on track to earn a second consecutive promotion. While Spain looks terrible this year, kind of surprised by them.
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    It is worth noting that unlike Kochkin, Svanidze...

    It is worth noting that unlike Kochkin, Svanidze is very much an ethnic Georgian name, though his career history doesn't really suggest he would be eligible anyways.

    Really hope the Georgians...
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    A shame Kyrgyzstan isn't going, they are really...

    A shame Kyrgyzstan isn't going, they are really showing signs of being a decent team at this level. But the country isn't exactly prosperous, but a shame they only now found out they can't go (or...
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    Turkmenistan is having a real strong performance...

    Turkmenistan is having a real strong performance here, and IIHF player eligibility aside, their government has the money (via natural gas exports, though declining recently) to fund trips to the...
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    Good to see from the names here that at least...

    Good to see from the names here that at least some of the players on Turkmenistan are ethnic Turkmen, and not just ethnic Russians. Would like to see a second Central Asian team join Kazakhstan in...
  24. Would have been real neat to see Austria at the...

    Would have been real neat to see Austria at the top level next year, but they can't lose games against teams like Kazakhstan, and needed to do better versus France. However now they get the chance to...
  25. Is there any reason why Mathias Emilio Pettersen...

    Is there any reason why Mathias Emilio Pettersen was left off the Norwegian roster? Granted he's known more for being in Youtube highlights since he was 8, and is still only 16, but is he not good...
  26. That's really unfortunate for Georgia. Have to...

    That's really unfortunate for Georgia. Have to wonder what player(s) were ineligible, though I'm sure those new Russians on the team this year are likely candidates.
  27. Fun as all the scenarios can be, I feel it's...

    Fun as all the scenarios can be, I feel it's going to end up simply with Austria and Slovenia advancing. As much as I'd like to see Poland do it, they just have too many unlikely events to count on,...
  28. Looks like Korea's win over Poland should keep...

    Looks like Korea's win over Poland should keep them in Division IA for next year, while suddenly Poland is fighting to not be relegated. Certainly not the start the host nation, and one who is in the...
  29. Interesting that New Zealand has lost all four...

    Interesting that New Zealand has lost all four matches they've ever played against North Korea. Would think that as a solid Division II club that participates yearly (not to mention the benefits of...
  30. Would be nice to see if the ethnic Georgians get...

    Would be nice to see if the ethnic Georgians get a chance to improve at all, or if they will just add more Russians for next year after seeing the results. You look at the scoring and nearly every...
  31. I see. Thanks for the clarification. So some...

    I see. Thanks for the clarification. So some interesting things to come of the games on Wednesday then, though I'm still expecting the Turks to gain promotion.
  32. Doesn't Georgia's loss against Turkey count as...

    Doesn't Georgia's loss against Turkey count as the first tie-breaker though?
  33. Definitely. Were it not for that weak goal...

    Definitely. Were it not for that weak goal against in their game against Turkey, Georgia would have had a chance at promotion this year. As it stands they should be considered a threat next year,...
  34. Really impressed by Georgia this year. At the...

    Really impressed by Georgia this year. At the rate they are going they may compete for a Division IIB spot in a couple years.

    Though noticed that most of their best players are ethnic Russians,...
  35. That has to hurt for Georgia. Three minutes left...

    That has to hurt for Georgia. Three minutes left in the game and tied with Turkey 4-4, only to let in a real weak goal: Turkish player from behind Georgian net passes to someone being covered, only...
  36. Georgia holding their own against Turkey midway...

    Georgia holding their own against Turkey midway through the second, and even led 1-0 after the first. That goal by Dumbadze to make it 1-0 was also really nice, and I got to say I like that they have...
  37. First, congrats to Bosnia for their first win,...

    First, congrats to Bosnia for their first win, always nice to see competition at this level.

    Secondly, shouldn't this thread (and the others for the respective 2016 tournaments) be stickied and...
  38. Indeed, it seems to be working for me right now....

    Indeed, it seems to be working for me right now. Though haven't checked the sound, as I'm unable to play it right now.
  39. I've also had issues with the stream, in that I...

    I've also had issues with the stream, in that I can't get it to work at all. A shame, as I was really interested in taking a look at the quality of play here.
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    So they were already in France, and likely...

    So they were already in France, and likely arrived after said state of emergency was declared, and only decided less than a week before the tournament started to withdraw? That's poor form on the...
  41. Sticky: Well done Serbia, came back from an early deficit...

    Well done Serbia, came back from an early deficit and held on until the end. Also good show by Spain, they definitely made Serbia work for it. Good for Serbia to be able to play in the next round,...
  42. Glad to see that all teams returned, though too...

    Glad to see that all teams returned, though too bad they couldn't find one more to possibly create a Division III Qualification tournament.

    And glad to see Turkmenistan join the IIHF. President...
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    Regarding Armenia, it would be nice to think that...

    Regarding Armenia, it would be nice to think that with Georgia now participating Armenia would consider forming a proper team, as the two could then at least have each other within driving distance...
  44. Well done on the part of Hungary. It will be nice...

    Well done on the part of Hungary. It will be nice to see a different team in the top division next year. And while its a shame the Poles didn't manage to gain promotion on what was probably their...
  45. Really surprised at how well Poland has done...

    Really surprised at how well Poland has done against Kazakhstan. Been the closest game for the Kazakhs this tournament, and this from the team that was just promoted. Starting to think Poland really...
  46. Got to like the Hungarian fans. They haven't...

    Got to like the Hungarian fans. They haven't stopped chanting and singing the entire game, really makes it that much better to watch.
  47. Such a rough end for Great Britain, but credit to...

    Such a rough end for Great Britain, but credit to Lithuania. They were clearly the lesser team today, but managed to hold on and earned the win. They even gave Britain a chance with that 5 minute...
  48. Great thanks.

    Great thanks.
  49. Is there any streams for the games available?...

    Is there any streams for the games available? Would like to watch some of these matches, but IIHF doesn't have a link up.
  50. Not a good start for Israel, as they've allowed 3...

    Not a good start for Israel, as they've allowed 3 goals in the first 4 minutes against Bulgaria.
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