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Division I and below

Anyone keeping an eye out for the countries coming up from the lower groups ?

(Japan's being promoted to Division I group B next year. Hoping they can show up in the top division sometime.)

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Anyone keeping an eye out for the countries coming up from the lower groups ?
What do you mean by "keeping an eye out for"?

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(Japan's being promoted to Division I group B next year. Hoping they can show up in the top division sometime.)
Well, they're going back down next year and it's unrealistic to expect them to make the top division in the coming decades.

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[QUOTE=Ryker;56846225]What do you mean by "keeping an eye out for"?

Keeping tabs on, staying up to date information-wise.

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Well, they're going back down next year and it's unrealistic to expect them to make the top division in the coming decades.
The coming years would be unrealistic but what's so unrealistic about the coming decades?

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Anyone keeping an eye out for the countries coming up from the lower groups ?

(Japan's being promoted to Division I group B next year. Hoping they can show up in the top division sometime.)
I have kept an eye on it since the late 80's.

The formats have changed a number of times but we finally seem to have come back to our senses in relegating 1 team out of a 10 team group and we have the next best 6 playing each other rather than the waterered down pair of div 1 groups that each promoted a team to the top group.

Denmark, Belarus and Norway make up the next tier and will for the forseeable future.

Slovenia seems to be pushing Austria as far as developing young players goes. Hungary appeared to be gaining some traction but they are miles away from the top right now.

Japan landed in the top tier back in 93 and it was disasterous. They will be hard pressed to ever see Div 1 A within the next 10-15 years.

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I have kept an eye on it since the late 80's.

The formats have changed a number of times but we finally seem to have come back to our senses in relegating 1 team out of a 10 team group and we have the next best 6 playing each other rather than the waterered down pair of div 1 groups that each promoted a team to the top group.

Denmark, Belarus and Norway make up the next tier and will for the forseeable future.

Slovenia seems to be pushing Austria as far as developing young players goes. Hungary appeared to be gaining some traction but they are miles away from the top right now.

Japan landed in the top tier back in 93 and it was disasterous. They will be hard pressed to ever see Div 1 A within the next 10-15 years.
Came in here to post about Japans entry in the early 90's but I can see there is no need now. To bad they haven't made any serious headway but its also not surprising.

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Had a thread started when the Division IA and IB, and IIA tournaments were going on. Am planning on bumping it in January when Div IIB and III start.

Division I-III thread

That said, I've been keeping an eye on stuff. I added some commentary in that thread, but basicaly think that the new format will improve the quality of play over time as teams play at their competitive levels. That said, Japan is not going to be able to leap past the likes of Norway, Belarus, even Austria in the foreseeable future. They don't have the infrastructure for that kind of development. Not to say they aren't doing good, as their senior team is a mainstay at the Division I level.

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I maintain an interest in these tournaments. Always nice to know what countries are going up and down in world hockey play.

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