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03-04-2013, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by boris4c View Post
There is an obvious reason why there are no continental allocations for hockey. It's because the sport lacks parity, which is my argument from the beginning. Unless you would like to see a team from Asia, South America and Africa at the IIHF World Championships. When it comes to soccer, there are 30 teams in Europe only who are good enough to qualify to the FIFA World Cup but not even half of them do, because of their limited spots.
They had that for 7 years. From 1998 until 2004 the IIHF World Championships had a special Far East qualification that was a guaranteed a spot at the WC. Japan won it every single year to qualify for WC, finishing 16th (last) 5 times, 15th once and 14th once.

Altogether they put together a 0-21-0, with 38 goals for, 136 against in group play, and 0-11-4 with 30 goals for, 67 against in relegation round play (relegation round did not start until 2000). Tied Norway in 2001, Slovenia in 2003, and Ukraine and France in 04. Ukraine was only team they tied that managed to stay up the following year.

South Korea and China were the other teams they competed with in the Far East qualifier and they never lost a game there so far as I can see (in fact regularly beat down both opponants it appears).

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