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  1. Seems like a good competitive event. I’ll be...

    Seems like a good competitive event.

    I’ll be interested to see if it runs with eight teams next year. If more countries enter then TPE and RSA may have to drop down to a Div IIIQ again.

    Geoff
  2. An encouraging win for MEX which keeps them in...

    An encouraging win for MEX which keeps them in contention for promotion back into Division II. Likely that the MEX v BUL game will be crucial when the Senior Division IIB contest is held and both are...
  3. Thanks for your regular helpful updates. Looks...

    Thanks for your regular helpful updates. Looks like a very competitive event with mainly well contested games. The Mexico hockey programme seems to be in decline at the moment, failing to make the...
  4. The initial target for the teams is to finish in...

    The initial target for the teams is to finish in the top two in your group of four. You can they play off for the top places. ISL surprisingly missed out last year and finished 5th overall. An...
  5. Pleased to see the British team bounced back...

    Pleased to see the British team bounced back today after yesterday’s loss to Japan. The weakness of the UK’s U20 program has been a problem for several years. It looks like they’ll still be in Div II...
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    If Russia beat Germany in OT or PS then hosts...

    If Russia beat Germany in OT or PS then hosts Czech end up in the relegation series against Kazakhstan if they lose to Canada ! Most likely Russia wins in regulation and it is Germany in the...
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    Amazingly only Sweden of the ten teams has...

    Amazingly only Sweden of the ten teams has started with 2 wins and one of those was in overtime. Just remember though that 8 of the ten will qualify for the knockout stages, so nothing matters much...
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    Ah thanks.

    Ah thanks.
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    I think the teams this time are from Kuwait,...

    I think the teams this time are from Kuwait, UAE/Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon.
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    2020 Arab Clubs Cup - Kuwait February 2020

    NToIH are reporting this upcoming event , apparently with six teams including Egypt and Lebanon.

    Sorry could not get a link to work.

    I know they are not national teams competing but hopefully...
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    Thanks for summarising these events for us. Given...

    Thanks for summarising these events for us. Given the wide disparity in World Championship level these national teams play at , some big defeats were inevitable. Some good performances from the Div...
  12. Thanks for posting the results of this event. One...

    Thanks for posting the results of this event. One ‘fun fact’ is that after losing their first game 4-11 , South Africa had four narrow wins so ended with a minus two goal difference ! Don’t see that...
  13. Thread: SE Asia Games

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    No surprises on the last day ; Thailand 1st up...

    No surprises on the last day ;

    Thailand 1st up from 2nd in 2017
    Singapore 2nd up from 4th
    Philippines 3rd down from 1st
    Malaysia 4th down from 3rd
    Indonesia 5th no change

    Disappointingly it...
  14. Thread: SE Asia Games

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    Championship over for PHI after losing to SGP....

    Championship over for PHI after losing to SGP. Should end up THA - gold, SGP -silver, PHI - bronze.

    Geoff
  15. Thread: SE Asia Games

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    Easy wins for SGP v MAS and THA v PHI which...

    Easy wins for SGP v MAS and THA v PHI which settles the SF line-ups.

    INA finish fifth with four straight losses.

    THA should beat MAS in the first SF but SGP has a chance to upset PHI in the...
  16. Thread: SE Asia Games

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    Had hoped some of the games would be closer !...

    Had hoped some of the games would be closer ! Thailand thumping Malaysia today. Looks like the Malaysia v Indonesia game will decide the fourth semifinalist.

    Geoff
  17. Thread: SE Asia Games

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    Coverage at IIHF.com ...

    Coverage at IIHF.com

    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/sea

    Geoff
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    Yes, thanks, I agree things look promising. We’ll...

    Yes, thanks, I agree things look promising. We’ll see what happens.

    Geoff
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    My latest summary of national team activity for...

    My latest summary of national team activity for the 81 IIHF members.

    59 competing in IIHF events during this season, 2019/20.

    5 competed in non-IIHF competition this season.
    Jamaica, Colombia,...
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    Congratulations to Kyrgyzstan and Chinese Taipei...

    Congratulations to Kyrgyzstan and Chinese Taipei who both won all three games and qualified for the next stage.

    https://www.iihf.com/en/home

    Geoff
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    Luxembourg and Kyrgyzstan who both won yesterday,...

    Luxembourg and Kyrgyzstan who both won yesterday, meet today in game which should decide who wins overall

    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2020/ogqp1n

    Geoff
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    After 2 rounds in Sanya it looks like Chinese...

    After 2 rounds in Sanya it looks like Chinese Taipei will be the qualifiers, having beaten Thailand 5-3 yesterday they just need a point from Hong Kong on Sunday. Hong Kong lost 2-7 to Thailand...
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    2020 U20 Challenge Cup of Asia

    This season’s event with 9 teams contesting 2 divisions is to be held from 10th to 16th February in Bangkok, Thailand.

    https://www.iihf.com/en/static/5456/asia

    Geoff
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    2022 Olympic qualification

    First qualifying round for the Men’s event starts next month :

    https://www.iihf.com/en/static/5478/olympic

    Geoff
  25. Thread: SE Asia Games

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    Good to see Ice Hockey featuring again this year....

    Good to see Ice Hockey featuring again this year. Same five teams ;


    https://www.nationalteamsoficehockey.com/ice-hockey-returns-to-sea-games/
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    2020 Development Cup - Fussen

    Awaiting more news ......
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    Yes, I understand all IIHF members who don’t play...

    Yes, I understand all IIHF members who don’t play in the World Champs have been sent an invite. Likely in September 2020 but too early to say exactly when and who will play.

    Geoff
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    Thanks, that’s good news, hope you’ll have an...

    Thanks, that’s good news, hope you’ll have an Algeria team competing. Where and when ?

    Geoff
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    I thought this forum had closed down ! As it...

    I thought this forum had closed down !

    As it hasn’t I thought I would post on my favourite thread.

    There has been the usual mix of good and bad news regarding the developing hockey nations...
  30. Thread: 2018 LATAM Cup

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    Don’t think we need a new thread but this year’s...

    Don’t think we need a new thread but this year’s event can be followed here ;

    https://www.amerigolhockey.com/events/latam-cup-20191

    Several of the squads will depend heavily on US and Canada...
  31. I was and still am very disappointed that Greece,...

    I was and still am very disappointed that Greece, Ireland and Mongolia were excluded from the WC. The logic , I understand, was that the IIHF wanted National Associations to develop domestic...
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    NToIH are now showing the full schedule for this...

    NToIH are now showing the full schedule for this event

    https://www.nationalteamsoficehockey.com/latam-cup-2019/

    Geoff
  33. Thread: 2018 LATAM Cup

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    Sign up for a game here ! ...

    Sign up for a game here !

    https://www.amerigolhockey.com/
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    Amerigol LATAM Cup

    They are hoping to have eight ‘countries’ participate this year

    https://www.amerigolhockey.com/find-a-team

    Chile returning after a one year gap ( previously playing in the PanAm event in Mexico...
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    I find it hard to get too excited about this ...

    I find it hard to get too excited about this

    https://www.nationalteamsoficehockey.com/jamaica-creates-intl-ice-hockey-congress-buzz/

    At least they are talking about introducing the game into...
  36. I hope the CCoA survives. It has been a huge...

    I hope the CCoA survives. It has been a huge success in developing new national teams and I’d hate to see Mongolia left with no one to play.

    Geoff
  37. Ireland and Greece need a full size rink and a...

    Ireland and Greece need a full size rink and a domestic league. Not going to happen for a long time.

    Geoff
  38. First reaction is that going for two groups of...

    First reaction is that going for two groups of four is an odd choice. Means Kyrgyzstan get relegated for having an ineligible player. They now host Div IV against three much weaker teams.

    Geoff
  39. Interesting that none of last year’s top 4 made...

    Interesting that none of last year’s top 4 made it to the semis this year. Never a predictable tournament.

    Geoff
  40. Wow, well done GBR. Another year in the top...

    Wow, well done GBR. Another year in the top flight next year. Maybe they’ll get a chance against Norway next year !

    Geoff
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    Thanks Alberto, looks like a good competitive...

    Thanks Alberto, looks like a good competitive event. Mexico rallied at the end after looking favourites for relegation. Nobody seriously challenged Israel for top spot. DPR Korea to play in Div III...
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    Wins for BUL , LUX and TUR in round 3. Looks like...

    Wins for BUL , LUX and TUR in round 3. Looks like the win is now between BUL and LUX. RSA need an unlikely win against TUR to stand a chance of avoiding relegation.

    Geoff
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    IIHF World Championships 2019 Division III

    After 2 rounds hosts BUL are clear favourites with TPE as surprise challengers. RSA made a woeful start and look set to drop to Div IIIQ. TUR and LUX who were amongst the favourites have suffered key...
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    Turns out the Belgium win over Australia was...

    Turns out the Belgium win over Australia was critical. Congrats to Serbia who just headed the pack. Will be tough to stay up next year.

    Geoff
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    Australia still in pole position but a win for...

    Australia still in pole position but a win for Croatia would give them, or more likely Serbia, a chance to top the group.

    Great event with so many close games.
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    A big comeback by Serbia from 2-5 down against...

    A big comeback by Serbia from 2-5 down against China, keeps them in contention. Still four teams in contention.

    Geoff
  47. Thread: 2018 LATAM Cup

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    Sounds good, hope they can all get a squad...

    Sounds good, hope they can all get a squad together. Presumably the Venezuela team would all be US-based.

    Geoff
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    Just when I thought Serbia were strong favourites...

    Just when I thought Serbia were strong favourites they lose to Australia. That’s why we follow sport.

    Geoff
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    Hard to see any of the teams staying undefeated,...

    Hard to see any of the teams staying undefeated, unless Serbia can, so any of the six could still win.

    Geoff
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    Three close games on day1 which were arguably all...

    Three close games on day1 which were arguably all surprises. Leaves the outcome wide open.

    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2019/wmiia/schedule

    ESP 5 CHN 3
    BEL 4 AUS 3 ot
    SRB 3 CRO 1
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