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12-22-2010, 03:26 PM
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Hungary at the U20 W.C.

Hungary lost the deciding game to Poland (9-6) and will remain in Division II for at least one more year. The older Polish team was clearly the best team in the tournament even without Damian Kapica. The icing of such a young Hungarian team begs the question whether a more experienced roster would have been able to win promotion. It is unclear if some players were passed over, if their clubs denied their participation, or if they themselves decided not to participate.

Tamas Virag led the team in scoring with 10 goals and 9 assists, following by Balazs Somogyi (8-6-14) and Attila Pavuk (5-8-13). As these players are all born in 1991, they will not be returning next year.

As the IIHF may be changing the format for the U18 & U20 World Championships in May, the groupings for next year are still unknown. Under the current format, Hungary should be grouped with Ukraine. Under the proposed changes, Hungary will battle for promotion to Division 1B with both Ukraine and Lithuania. The latter format would be preferable as it would result in much more competitive groupings for the lower divisions.

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