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    IIHF Annual Congress 2013

    The Annual Congress starts on the 16th May.

    A number of decisions will get taken, as follows ;

    WC events for 2013-14

    With the 'Raising the Bar' policy it will be interesting to see how many teams enter the IHWC next season. Likely to be quite a few less that this season's record of 48. My guess is it will be around 42 or 43 so there would be no DivIII just a qualifying event for the 2014-15 DivIIB. If there are 4 or more teams there will be a DivIII.

    New Members

    There are usually 1 or 2 new members applying to join the IIHF.
    Potential applicants who've shown some signs of hockey development, include -
    Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Ecuador and Uruguay.
    Chile and/or Namibia could upgrade from Inline only Affiliate Membership.

    Regional Events

    With the likelihood of reduced numbers of national teams in the WC, regional events ( like the CCoA ) will become more important for spreading the game. Won't all happen in 2013-14 but I'd hope to see something like this start to emerge. ( Currently there isn't even a CCoA planned for next season )

    Asia ( East and South ) Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Macau and India

    Asia ( North, West and Central ) UAE, Kuwait, Mongolia, DPR Korea and Kyrgyzstan

    Europe Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, FYR Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Latin America Mexico ( U20 ? ), Argentina and Brazil

    Plenty of opportunity for new teams to be added to any of these.

    Fingers crossed that it won't all be bad news.

    Geoff

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    Algeria have not applied for membership this year.

    Morocco will be discussing more regional activities in Africa.

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    Thanks for the information. Hopefully Algeria will join the IIHF soon. Would be good to see Morocco playing internationally again.

    Geoff

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    Algeria have not applied for membership this year.

    Morocco will be discussing more regional activities in Africa.

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    Our government has been holding us back, they wont sign off the paperwork.

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    Why not?

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    They arent really interested in bringing new sports to algeria and continue to pump millions of dollars into football who get by far the majority of government money.

    To the sports ministry, new sport = more budget needed = less money to line fat cats pockets

    We now have a big international footballer joining the board to add weight to the cause.

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    Does anyone know any bidding for WC next year in DIV 1B,2A and 2B ?

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    Something was written in our newspapers that Belgrade would ask for the organization D2A, I do not know what is happening with the D3 division? You know something exclusive?
    Serbian hockey
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    No,I don't know any.
    I cross my finger that Serbia and Romania will host WC.That is good opportunatly for cheap hockey traveling.
    I hope also to play next year Division 3 also hope to Sofia hosting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulgarian_Hockey_Fan View Post
    Does anyone know any bidding for WC next year in DIV 1B,2A and 2B ?
    For Division 2A applicants are Serbia, Iceland and Estonia, for 2B Turkey, Mexico and Spain
    Bulgaria is applicant for Div.II along with Luxembourg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davide View Post
    For Division 2A applicants are Serbia, Iceland and Estonia, for 2B Turkey, Mexico and Spain
    Bulgaria is applicant for Div.II along with Luxembourg
    Many thanks fr the info!!!!
    Luxembourg will be interesting destination . .
    I hope Turkey bid with Izmit,not Erzerum becouse Erzerum is so far . . . . .

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    Unfortunately for your hopes it's Erzurum...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulgarian_Hockey_Fan View Post
    Many thanks fr the info!!!!
    Luxembourg will be interesting destination . .
    I hope Turkey bid with Izmit,not Erzerum becouse Erzerum is so far . . . . .

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    Any info for Div IB?Maybe GB try to host?
    Which is applicant city for Spain?Maybe Jaca?

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    Only applicant for IB so far is Lithuania

    Applicant cities for Spain are Jaca and Puigcerda, Federation still undecided which one to support

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulgarian_Hockey_Fan View Post
    Any info for Div IB?Maybe GB try to host?
    Which is applicant city for Spain?Maybe Jaca?

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    Any news on U18 and U20 hosts ?

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    U-20

    IA: Rīga (LAT), Sanok (POL)
    IB: Dumfries (GBR)
    IIA: Miskolc (HUN), Tallinn (EST)
    IIB: Jaca or Puigcerdŕ (ESP), Belgrade or Novi Sad (SRB), Reykjavík (ISL)
    III: İzmit (TUR), Mexico City (MEX)

    U-18

    IA: Nice (FRA)
    IB: Székesfehérvár (HUN)
    IIA: Dumfries (GBR)
    IIB: Belgrade or Novi Sad (SRB), Narva (EST), Reykjavík (ISL)
    IIIA: Mexico City (MEX), Taipei City (TPE), Sofia (BUL)
    IIIB: İzmit (TUR)

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    Does anyone know any bidding for World championship next year in DIV 1A?
    :c215:Let's go Halla & Korean Ice hockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassmate View Post
    Does anyone know any bidding for World championship next year in DIV 1A?
    Seoul is currently bidding, Ukraine was saying they were going to bid.

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    Any news for host cities ? ? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulgarian_Hockey_Fan View Post
    Any news for host cities ? ? ?
    For who, Ukraine bid? Its Donetsk.

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    Any news on Division III? Which countries will play?

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    http://www.iihf.com/fileadmin/user_u...14.05.2013.pdf

    Hier is the link with applicant cities

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    IHWC IIHF Congress

    They will vote tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulgarian_Hockey_Fan View Post
    http://www.iihf.com/fileadmin/user_u...14.05.2013.pdf

    Hier is the link with applicant cities

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    A Division III Qualification event with Chinese Taipei applying to host. Could be much better news than I feared.

    Geoff
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    http://www.iihf.com/fileadmin/user_u...14.05.2013.pdf

    Hier is the link with applicant cities

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulgarian_Hockey_Fan View Post
    According to that Calendar of Events it seems that Women's World Championships will be held for Div IIA and IIB, but not the top divisions. Any information on that, how they plan to manage promotion/relegation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison View Post
    According to that Calendar of Events it seems that Women's World Championships will be held for Div IIA and IIB, but not the top divisions. Any information on that, how they plan to manage promotion/relegation?
    Maybe Olympics? Is there any team participating in Olympics which wouldn't participate in WC?
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    IHWC Division 1 B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison View Post
    According to that Calendar of Events it seems that Women's World Championships will be held for Div IIA and IIB, but not the top divisions. Any information on that, how they plan to manage promotion/relegation?

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    "The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) decided today, at the Annual Congress held in Sweden, to ban the Men’s Hellenic National Team (and all future national team of all categories) from the world championships until an Olympic sized ice rink opens in Greece."

    This means no more Hockey in Greece...
    Ice hockey in GREECE is back !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennison View Post
    According to that Calendar of Events it seems that Women's World Championships will be held for Div IIA and IIB, but not the top divisions. Any information on that, how they plan to manage promotion/relegation?
    There is going to be everything but Elite Division next year and not a single mention on what they plan to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by itry View Post
    Maybe Olympics? Is there any team participating in Olympics which wouldn't participate in WC?
    That would work for this year because Germany won their Olympic Qualifier and defended themselves in Elite Division while Japan pulled off the surprise in Olympic Qualifier and winning Division IA but that would mean, you might be changing this rules from year to year depending on if the current Elite country can win its spot and defend themselves in Elite while some Division IA country will win both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokos_31 View Post
    "The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) decided today, at the Annual Congress held in Sweden, to ban the Men’s Hellenic National Team (and all future national team of all categories) from the world championships until an Olympic sized ice rink opens in Greece."

    This means no more Hockey in Greece...
    I know its going by the rules but i think this is a terrible decision.

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    Hong Kong is among the team that will compete in Div. III in Luxembourg, welcome!!!

    IIHF switches the status of UEA from associate member to full member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    That would work for this year because Germany won their Olympic Qualifier and defended themselves in Elite Division while Japan pulled off the surprise in Olympic Qualifier and winning Division IA but that would mean, you might be changing this rules from year to year depending on if the current Elite country can win its spot and defend themselves in Elite while some Division IA country will win both.
    It would only mean changing rules every four years if it is necessary. Probably saves a lot of money not having to have 2 tournaments in the same year. Though one could argue that it is not a good precedent and some teams might be "encouraged" to win their qualifiers if they should be playing WC at the same year.
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    They've never had a women's IHWC in an Olympic year. It's just that normally, it's all of the divisions. Makes me wonder if this is being done as part of a re-structuring of women's groups with an increase in the number of teams in the Elite division for 2014-15. Ten teams compete in the Elite division of the u20s and u18s, so they may be looking to promote two teams in each group to make the women's set-up consistent with the other groups (obviously, except Elite men).

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    no new memberships?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davide View Post
    Hong Kong is among the team that will compete in Div. III in Luxembourg, welcome!!!
    Welcome also to Hong Kong's U18 and women's, Mexico's women's and Poland's women's U18.

    What happen with Chinese Taipei? Would have four asian teams been too much in Div. III?

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    Ireland, Mongolia and Georgia are also missing :-(

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    Just up...
    http://www.iihf.com/competition/352/...ash=7973ecfc6f

    STOCKHOLM – The 2013 IIHF Annual Congress assigned 28 tournaments of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program. The tournaments will take place in 22 different countries.

    The biggest tournament with the venue not previously known is the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A where the two teams promoted to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, will be determined.

    Korea will host the tournament which also includes Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Japan and Ukraine in Seoul under the slogan “Beyond the New Horizons”.

    “It is a great honour and pleasure for us. We want to host the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A since we are preparing for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said Kim Sangwoo, Vice President of the Korea Ice Hockey Association.

    “We want to make ice hockey a highlight of the Winter Games in PyeongChang. For this need experience in hosting ice hockey events at that level early on and we’re welcoming everybody in Korea next year.”

    The proposed venue is the Mokdong Ice Rink. The arena offers an ice sheet of 61 x 30 metres and a second ice sheet, eight dressing rooms and a capacity for 6,000 fans.

    Also the tier below, the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B, will go to a big venue. Lithuania plans to host the event at the Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, the second-biggest city of the country. It’s the largest indoor arena in the Baltic countries built in 2011 for the European Basketball Championship and it’s constructed for ice making.

    “Lithuania is very hungry for international competitions. It’s a newly built arena with 13,500 seats for ice hockey,” said Lithuanian delegate Petras Nauseda.

    Some international events will also coincide with anniversaries like the 100-year anniversary of British ice hockey and Serbia’s 75-year anniversary.

    For future events in Mexico a new ice rink Icedrom is currently under construction in the south of Mexico City. Opening at the end of June, it will offer 4,000 seats and seven dressing rooms.

    Several national ice hockey associations expressed their interest for hosting the U18 World Championship between 2017 and 2019 with Slovakia (Kosice & Poprad), Russia (Chelyabinsk & Magnitogorsk) and Canada. The previous editions will be in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland, in 2014, in Switzerland in 2015 and in the United States in 2016.

    In other news the membership status of the United Arab Emirates has been changed from associate member to full member.

    MARTIN MERK

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (Men’s Category)

    Top Division, in Minsk, Belarus, 9-25 May 2014
    Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA. (The seeding and the two groups will be known after the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.)

    Division I Group A, in Seoul, Korea, end of April 2014 (dates TBD)
    Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Ukraine

    Division I Group B, in Kaunas, Lithuania, 20-26 April 2014
    Great Britain, Poland, Netherlands, Romania, Lithuania, Croatia

    Division II Group A, in Belgrade or Novi Sad, Serbia, 9-15 April 2014
    Estonia, Belgium, Iceland, Australia, Serbia, Israel

    Division II Group B, in Jaca, Spain, 5-11 April 2014
    Spain, New Zealand, Mexico, China, Turkey, South Africa

    Division III, in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 6-12 April 2014
    Bulgaria, DPR Korea, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championships

    World Junior Championship, in Malmö, Sweden, 26 December 2013 to 5 January 2014
    Group A: USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
    Group B: Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Finland, Norway.

    Division I Group A, in Sanok, Poland, 15-21 December 2013
    Latvia, Belarus, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Poland

    Division I Group B, in Dumfries, Great Britain, 9-15 December 2013
    France, Kazakhstan, Italy, Ukraine, Great Britain, Japan

    Division II Group A, in Debrecen, Hungary, 15-21 December 2013
    Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia

    Division II Group B, in Jaca, Spain, 11-17 January 2014
    Spain, Korea, Serbia, Australia, Iceland, China

    Division III, in Izmir, Turkey, 12-18 January 2014
    Belgium, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championships

    Top Division, in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland, 17-27 April 2014
    Group A: Canada, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia
    Group B: USA, Finland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark

    Division I Group A, in Nice, France, 13-19 April 2014
    Latvia, Norway, Italy, Belarus, France, Kazakhstan

    Division I Group B, in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, 13-20 April 2014
    Slovenia, Japan, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary

    Division II Group A, in Dumfries, Great Britain, 24-30 March 2014
    Korea, Croatia, Romania, Great Britain, Lithuania, Netherlands

    Division II Group B, in Tallinn, Estonia, 13-19 April 2014
    Estonia, Spain, Serbia, Belgium, Iceland, China

    Division III Group A, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 24-30 March 2014
    Australia, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, Bulgaria, Israel, Mexico

    Division III Group B, in Izmit, Turkey, 9-15 February 2014
    South Africa, Turkey, Hong Kong

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships

    Note: There is no stand-alone 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in the top division in Olympic years.

    Division I Group A, in Prerov, Czech Republic, 6-12 April 2014
    Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia, Austria, Norway, France

    Division I Group B, in Ventspils, Latvia, 14-22 April 2014
    Latvia, Netherlands, DPR Korea, China, Kazakhstan, Hungary

    Division II Group A, in Asiago, Italy, 6-12 April 2014
    Great Britain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Korea

    Division II Group B, in Reykjavik, Iceland, 24-30 April 2014
    Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, Belgium, Turkey

    Division II Group B Qualification, in Mexico City, Mexico, 8-11 April 2014
    South Africa, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Mexico

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championships

    Top Division, venue and dates TBD in Sep./Oct. 2013
    Group A: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan
    Group B: USA, Sweden, Hungary, Russia

    Division I, in Füssen, Germany, 29 March to 4 April 2014
    Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway, Slovakia, Great Britain

    Division I Qualification, in Poland (city TBA), 17-23 March 2014
    Austria, Italy, China, Kazakhstan, Poland

    2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, 7-23 February 2014

    Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament
    Group A: Russia, Slovakia, USA, Slovenia
    Group B: Finland, Canada, Norway, Austria
    Group C: Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia

    Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament
    Group A: Canada, USA, Finland, Switzerland
    Group B: Sweden, Russia, Germany, Japan

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    False hopes then, no DIIIQ and no Chinese Taipei. Does anyone know which countries had their entries rejected ?

    Geoff
    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffH View Post
    A Division III Qualification event with Chinese Taipei applying to host. Could be much better news than I feared.

    Geoff

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    IHWC IIHF Congress

    See link below.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...ash=d047e7c676

    That is the reason that Greece,Ireland are no more participated at the IIHF.

    The iihf hasnot received apply form new members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzice View Post
    Just up...
    http://www.iihf.com/competition/352/...ash=7973ecfc6f

    STOCKHOLM – The 2013 IIHF Annual Congress assigned 28 tournaments of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program. The tournaments will take place in 22 different countries.

    The biggest tournament with the venue not previously known is the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A where the two teams promoted to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, will be determined.

    Korea will host the tournament which also includes Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Japan and Ukraine in Seoul under the slogan “Beyond the New Horizons”.

    “It is a great honour and pleasure for us. We want to host the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A since we are preparing for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said Kim Sangwoo, Vice President of the Korea Ice Hockey Association.

    “We want to make ice hockey a highlight of the Winter Games in PyeongChang. For this need experience in hosting ice hockey events at that level early on and we’re welcoming everybody in Korea next year.”

    The proposed venue is the Mokdong Ice Rink. The arena offers an ice sheet of 61 x 30 metres and a second ice sheet, eight dressing rooms and a capacity for 6,000 fans.

    Also the tier below, the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group B, will go to a big venue. Lithuania plans to host the event at the Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, the second-biggest city of the country. It’s the largest indoor arena in the Baltic countries built in 2011 for the European Basketball Championship and it’s constructed for ice making.

    “Lithuania is very hungry for international competitions. It’s a newly built arena with 13,500 seats for ice hockey,” said Lithuanian delegate Petras Nauseda.

    Some international events will also coincide with anniversaries like the 100-year anniversary of British ice hockey and Serbia’s 75-year anniversary.

    For future events in Mexico a new ice rink Icedrom is currently under construction in the south of Mexico City. Opening at the end of June, it will offer 4,000 seats and seven dressing rooms.

    Several national ice hockey associations expressed their interest for hosting the U18 World Championship between 2017 and 2019 with Slovakia (Kosice & Poprad), Russia (Chelyabinsk & Magnitogorsk) and Canada. The previous editions will be in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland, in 2014, in Switzerland in 2015 and in the United States in 2016.

    In other news the membership status of the United Arab Emirates has been changed from associate member to full member.

    MARTIN MERK

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (Men’s Category)

    Top Division, in Minsk, Belarus, 9-25 May 2014
    Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA. (The seeding and the two groups will be known after the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.)

    Division I Group A, in Seoul, Korea, end of April 2014 (dates TBD)
    Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Ukraine

    Division I Group B, in Kaunas, Lithuania, 20-26 April 2014
    Great Britain, Poland, Netherlands, Romania, Lithuania, Croatia

    Division II Group A, in Belgrade or Novi Sad, Serbia, 9-15 April 2014
    Estonia, Belgium, Iceland, Australia, Serbia, Israel

    Division II Group B, in Jaca, Spain, 5-11 April 2014
    Spain, New Zealand, Mexico, China, Turkey, South Africa

    Division III, in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 6-12 April 2014
    Bulgaria, DPR Korea, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championships

    World Junior Championship, in Malmö, Sweden, 26 December 2013 to 5 January 2014
    Group A: USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
    Group B: Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Finland, Norway.

    Division I Group A, in Sanok, Poland, 15-21 December 2013
    Latvia, Belarus, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Poland

    Division I Group B, in Dumfries, Great Britain, 9-15 December 2013
    France, Kazakhstan, Italy, Ukraine, Great Britain, Japan

    Division II Group A, in Debrecen, Hungary, 15-21 December 2013
    Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia

    Division II Group B, in Jaca, Spain, 11-17 January 2014
    Spain, Korea, Serbia, Australia, Iceland, China

    Division III, in Izmir, Turkey, 12-18 January 2014
    Belgium, Bulgaria, New Zealand, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championships

    Top Division, in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland, 17-27 April 2014
    Group A: Canada, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia
    Group B: USA, Finland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark

    Division I Group A, in Nice, France, 13-19 April 2014
    Latvia, Norway, Italy, Belarus, France, Kazakhstan

    Division I Group B, in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, 13-20 April 2014
    Slovenia, Japan, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary

    Division II Group A, in Dumfries, Great Britain, 24-30 March 2014
    Korea, Croatia, Romania, Great Britain, Lithuania, Netherlands

    Division II Group B, in Tallinn, Estonia, 13-19 April 2014
    Estonia, Spain, Serbia, Belgium, Iceland, China

    Division III Group A, in Sofia, Bulgaria, 24-30 March 2014
    Australia, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, Bulgaria, Israel, Mexico

    Division III Group B, in Izmit, Turkey, 9-15 February 2014
    South Africa, Turkey, Hong Kong

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships

    Note: There is no stand-alone 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in the top division in Olympic years.

    Division I Group A, in Prerov, Czech Republic, 6-12 April 2014
    Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia, Austria, Norway, France

    Division I Group B, in Ventspils, Latvia, 14-22 April 2014
    Latvia, Netherlands, DPR Korea, China, Kazakhstan, Hungary

    Division II Group A, in Asiago, Italy, 6-12 April 2014
    Great Britain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Korea

    Division II Group B, in Reykjavik, Iceland, 24-30 April 2014
    Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Iceland, Belgium, Turkey

    Division II Group B Qualification, in Mexico City, Mexico, 8-11 April 2014
    South Africa, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Mexico

    2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championships

    Top Division, venue and dates TBD in Sep./Oct. 2013
    Group A: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan
    Group B: USA, Sweden, Hungary, Russia

    Division I, in Füssen, Germany, 29 March to 4 April 2014
    Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway, Slovakia, Great Britain

    Division I Qualification, in Poland (city TBA), 17-23 March 2014
    Austria, Italy, China, Kazakhstan, Poland

    2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, 7-23 February 2014

    Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament
    Group A: Russia, Slovakia, USA, Slovenia
    Group B: Finland, Canada, Norway, Austria
    Group C: Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Latvia

    Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament
    Group A: Canada, USA, Finland, Switzerland
    Group B: Sweden, Russia, Germany, Japan

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    So, Ireland and Greece don't have international-size indoor ice rinks and the only way the IIHF thought of "helping" them is to ban them from the Worlds? What is this going to accomplish? Small-hockey countries, like Ireland and Greece, can only "pressure" the government or attract private investors using their National Team. Participating in World Championship is the only "weapon" available to the small countries. So again i ask, what exactly is the IIHF going to achieve by banning these countries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy21 View Post
    So again i ask, what exactly is the IIHF going to achieve by banning these countries?
    To persuade them to finally start doing something concerning the rink problem, not play in WC every year although there is no improvement. With banning them to compete they have a great reason to resolve the problems.

    Unfortunately, it can also finish with definite decline of hockey in these countries. However, there are regional competitions that IIHF tends to organize in the future, one in South Eastern Europe would be the one organized by BIHU, U16 tournament was already played last season. That's current reality of Greek, Bosnian and Macedonian hockey while other countries from the region can join them too although they can compete in WC.
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    In this case, it really is a matter of infrastructure: both physical (a rink) and logistical (a league).

    In Ireland's case, neither exists, and hasn't in about 3 years. So it's hard to argue that Ireland's continued participation will help improve that situation. The only rink is an independently-owned one, that is curently looking for a new location to re-open. Once that happens we might see improvement in Ireland's situation, but the base for it will not even have anything to do with the federation (in fact, the IIHA's own project failed mere months after opening).

    I can't speak for Greece, but that's a different thing because there is a national competition in place, and there should be room to argue that even though it's not full-size, having the rink and required league is enough to grow the game at a reasonable pace. Mongolia appears to be in the same boat here.

    My guess is that the IIHF's reasoning on a regulation-size rink is this: since the World Championships are played on regulation size ice, they want players to play on said ice all year long. If you're used to playing on half-size ice, suddenly making a jump to full-contact competitive hockey on a rink twice the size would increase chance of injury due to being so unused to being in that situation. I'm not sure I agree 100% with that reasoning if that's the case, but there might be some logical explanation.
    In any case, I'd be interested in hearing an explanation for rink vs league requirements for participation.

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    Its a difficult one. Ice Hockey is an expensive sport to play and run. Unlike football, basketball etc where once you've build a facility the ongoing costs are relatively small in relation to maintaining an ice rink. Ice making equipment isnt cheap, even a Zamboni is a large expense.

    Its not far off forcing every country to have an 80,000 seater super stadium before they can compete in the football world cup.

    Regional tournaments are the interim answer, as if a country has a will and the players want to play (and afford to), then they should be allowed to represent their countries at an international level.

    Internationally Hockey has a good world spread for an expensive sport, its important to maintain that momentum for the IIHF.

    I still think the ICC's cricket world league is a great idea/format and has done wonders for the growth of cricket around the world in a relatively short space of time (for a sport that really was in 9 countries at one point). Perhaps hockey can borrow some ideas from that.

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    I see this as picking on small, developing hockey countries because the new minimum standards are still not enforced consistently across the board.

    Many countries don't have leagues that meet the minimum standards in terms of the number of games or teams, or on how statistics are (or are not) compiled and kept, or regarding certain youth categories in a variety of ways. Some simply do not have the money or infrastructure to comply......take Mongolia, for example. Meanwhile, their results in IIHF competition have steadily improved.....so is it really productive to ban them?

    If the minimum standards were truly enforced throughout the membership in an equal basis, the IIHF would lose about a third of its membership overnight.......and that, in my view, would NOT be good for the game.

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    At the moment, Greece has 11 Men's Teams: http://www.hisf.gr/icehockey
    and a Championship that has been running since 2008 (when the National Team re-entered WC competition). For those who know Greek ice hockey history, Greece was banned again in 2000, and from then to 2008, everything was dismantled. From 2008 (where 6 teams competed), when the Greek National Team qualified again, everything is improving. At the moment Greece has 11 Men's Teams, 3 Woman's Teams and 200+ youth players. From 2000 to 2008 no ice rink was opened. The ice rink opened again after the national team qualified in 2008. Therefore I know that with this decision, Greek Ice Hockey will die. Yes, the Greek National Team is not the best, but it's a competitive team for Div.III and every player give their 100% in every game.
    And like Marc said, if they enforce the minimum requirements (which are: rink, online statistical system, 4-team league) 1/3 of countries will be out.
    And I ask, the whole "minimum requirements" subject that had been discussed at the IIHF was to ban Greece and Ireland? All this for 2 countries?

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    From the IIHF: (in order to participate you need)

    Minimum Standards to participate in IIHF Ice Hockey Senior Men’s:
    1) One permanent operational artificial indoor ice rink meeting the standards as stated in the IIHF Rule Book including a permanent seating capacity of not less than 500 spectators.
    2) Online League Schedule.

    Please note that an IIHF MNA must operate and maintain a fully functional on-line statistical system for any league in which players who wish to participate take part.

    Can someone please point me to the online League Statistics systems of the countries participating in Div.III??

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy21 View Post
    Can someone please point me to the online League Statistics systems of the countries participating in Div.III??
    Thanks
    Im not going to try to find DPR Korea information and I dont know where Bulgaria is but United Arab Emirates is here. Hong Kong information is on their federations website, you can find it here. Luxembourg information is on their website, here. Unless the IIHF just allows Tornado Luxembourg to be good enough for them, their information can be found on the FFHG website.

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    Greece have worked so hard over the years to maintain some sort of hockey in Greece, I think its outrageous to ban them as well as the other countries over their lack of facilities, specially with the current economic climate. Who will this really benefit? Do they really think banning a team will make them push harder for an olympic size rink? Its basically mocking the people involved like say theyve been sitting on their ass the last few years not trying to improve their hockey situations, this forum alone shows how hard the people in ireland and greece having been pushing to keep hockey going and this decision has just chucked it back in their faces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukfan View Post
    Regional tournaments are the interim answer, as if a country has a will and the players want to play (and afford to), then they should be allowed to represent their countries at an international level.
    Damn right. The requirements for the World Championships would exclude most of the Challenge Cup of Asia nations. As you and others have mentioned before, there's no reason the IIHF can't do a Challenge Cup of Europe/Pan-America/Africa*.
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    Well said jimmy21.
    Ironically the stated reason for Hong Kong to enter is to give them greater credibility with their national sports authorities ! There are no examples of how shutting down a national team has helped the domestic game develop. Perhaps there will be some good news about a regional event for Europe ( even a Challenge Cup of Asia in 2014 would be nice ) but I have little confidence in the IIHF getting its act together.
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy21 View Post
    So, Ireland and Greece don't have international-size indoor ice rinks and the only way the IIHF thought of "helping" them is to ban them from the Worlds? What is this going to accomplish? Small-hockey countries, like Ireland and Greece, can only "pressure" the government or attract private investors using their National Team. Participating in World Championship is the only "weapon" available to the small countries. So again i ask, what exactly is the IIHF going to achieve by banning these countries?

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