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08-26-2011, 02:48 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
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The reason for this is my surprised reaction after i found out only this year that Spain was playing in the 1st Division (when did that happen??!!) of hockey. Granted, if Japan wouldn't have pulled out they most likely would have ended up at the bottom of the standings.
But still what a success for a team like spain to even be in the 1st division!
As far as I know, they were promoted for the first time in their history in 2010.
If I remember correctly, Japan wasn't automatically ranked last, the tournament was just played with five teams instead of six with Japan to return to the first division next season. Spain finished fourth by beating South Korea and thus earned their spot in D1 on the ice.
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