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    Olympic format/WC promotion

    With the World Championships being played for the first time during the Olympic year, the IIHF has made a format for promotion/relegation. Since the Olympics will host all the countries who are suppose to be there thanks to Japan winning the Division 1A tournament and qualifying for the Olympics.

    The 8th ranked country during the Olympics will play a best of 3 series against the winner of Division IA. The tournament will be hosted by the higher ranked country no later than the 15.November. If Sweden is the 8th ranked country, the 7th ranked country will take their place since Sweden is the host of the 2015 World Championship.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/recap/8387.html?tx_ttnews[backPid]=955&cHash=8966747f25

    I like it, its a little interesting and rewards the Olympic qualified countries a little more. The only thing I really want to know is what happens when the Olympics dont match up with the World Championships.

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    That's probably the reason for the promotion series, rather than a straight promotion/relegation. It sets a precedent in future years
    The expectation could be that if a DivIA-qualified team is qualified for the Olympics, and a WIHWC-qualified team doesn't play OGs, the WIHWC-qualified team might still play the DivIA tournament and either: a) be expected to win the tournament and play the series anyway (but if they fail to win the tournament, remain in DivIA the following year), or b) be automatically qualified for the series. And same expectation for the DivIA-qualified team that's in the OG, either a) or b) to match.

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    The IIHF has updated its women's world ranking taking in account the 2014 WWCs. The Olympic teams get double what they got in february. This means Japan climb ahead of Czech Republic and will host the 2015 WWC qualification series between the two teams. It's the second time the IIHF change something affecting the promotion process. If they so much want to keep Japan in the elite, they should just cancel the series.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/c...ranking-april/

    http://www.hokej.cz/cz/zensky-hokej/...ou-v-japonsku/

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    According to ewhj.org, the qualification series will take place on 8th-11th November in Yokohama.

    https://www.facebook.com/ewhj.org/po...52248326316179

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