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Div. IA, Div. IB, Div. IIA - 2013 World Championships

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04-16-2013, 09:25 PM
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If anyone's interested there's a Swede blogging from Div III in South Africa, i.e. countries ranked 40+. I found it interesting at least to learn a little bit about nontraditional hockey nations and their games.

Blog is in Swedish but translated: http://translate.google.se/translate...ag-tva&act=url

He's also on Twitter and Instagram.


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04-17-2013, 12:38 AM
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here is a link to the live video of all games for the div III worlds.. check iihf.com for when the games play in your time zone

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iihf-d...88381481237582

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04-17-2013, 08:58 AM
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Any links for GB/Italy? I checked the ones I used before and found nothing

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04-17-2013, 09:13 AM
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1-1 so far with Italy - GB. Expecting Italy to win by a few. But would amazing to get something against them if GB could.

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04-17-2013, 09:18 AM
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1-1 so far with Italy - GB. Expecting Italy to win by a few. But would amazing to get something against them if GB could.
Ye GB needs to get some offense going. Also important to keep the +/- close in the standings because if they lose to Italy they're fighting to avoid relegation

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04-17-2013, 10:33 AM
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GB putting in a good game. Would be good if we could get something.

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04-17-2013, 10:53 AM
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very poor show from GB

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04-17-2013, 10:56 AM
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GB putting in a good game.
You were saying that about the game in which GB averages 4 shots per period? Really?

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04-17-2013, 11:21 AM
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You were saying that about the game in which GB averages 4 shots per period? Really?
GB was facing Italy - a favorite to be promoted - and it was only 2-1 after 2 periods... I see where he was coming from.

With that said, they stood around watching the game more then anything. The reason they take so many penalties is because they don't move their feet then grab, hook, trip guys as they blow by them. Frustrating to watch because they were able to hang in it so long but didn't see to try to win it.

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04-17-2013, 03:09 PM
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Hungary defeats Kazakhstan 2-1.

This makes the last couple days interesting. It all but guarantees Italy first place and promotion for 2014. Also means that Hungary still has a chance to upset Kazakhstan and finish second in the group. Its things like this that prove the IIHF's decision to reformat the lower divisions a couple years ago was a good idea. Makes every game count at every level.

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04-17-2013, 04:06 PM
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Also means that Hungary still has a chance to upset Kazakhstan and finish second in the group.
Or even upset Italy and win the group.

Italy still has to face their two most dangerous opponents, I don't see how they have "guaranteed" anything.


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04-17-2013, 05:14 PM
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Or even upset Italy and win the group.

Italy still has to face their two most dangerous opponents, I don't see how they have "guaranteed" anything.
If Hungary beats Italy, the game between Italy & Kazakhstan will probably be for 2nd.

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04-17-2013, 06:27 PM
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wow, what a disappointment by Kazakhstan...

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Crowd going nuts

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Being a supporter of a small hockey nation like Ukraine, videos like that make me smile. That crowd was amazing. I hope it's like that in Donetsk against the Poles.

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Being a supporter of a small hockey nation like Ukraine, videos like that make me smile. That crowd was amazing. I hope it's like that in Donetsk against the Poles.
Division IB in Donetsk has been a success so far when it comes to attendance figures and it seems to me that the atmosphere is great as well.

Here are the video highlights from Ukraine's games against Romania, Estonia and Lithuania. The quality of these videos (can be watched in HD) is also much better than what we can find on IIHF's YouTube channel, which is unfortunate.






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04-18-2013, 03:29 AM
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If Hungary beats Italy, the game between Italy & Kazakhstan will probably be for 2nd.
On the other hand, if Hungary loses tomorrow, Kazakhstan would face an already promoted and maybe unmotivated Italy on Sunday. One thing for sure, changing how the division work was the right move, tournaments are much more exciting with the current format.

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After yesterday's match and keeping in mind they couldn't beat the Netherlands in Olympic qualifiers at home - no chance. I think they'll be another easy three points for both Kazakhstan and Italy.
Sooo wrong about that.. It was a big upset but I really didn't think it was even possible.

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04-18-2013, 04:26 AM
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sooo wrong about that.. It was a big upset but i really didn't think it was even possible.
1x - 3,80 (easy money ).

Big big suprise...maybe even bigger than their promotion back in 2008. Congrats to our northern neigbohur.

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both goals are on Kolesnik, but there's nothing new, Kaz have only themselves to blame.

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Watching some North Korea vs Greece and I thought the level of hockey would be much worst, but it is still nothing to write home about. It looks like beer adult league to be honest, both teams lack any intensity and best skater is really average at best. Though I am looking forward to see South Africa play.

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It looks like beer adult league to be honest
Because there are beer league players playing. Few teams as high as Division IB are mostly made of amateurs and nations like North Korea or Greece would actually be DESTROYED by them. So one can deduct what level of hockey is being played there.

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Watching some North Korea vs Greece and I thought the level of hockey would be much worst, but it is still nothing to write home about. It looks like beer adult league to be honest, both teams lack any intensity and best skater is really average at best. Though I am looking forward to see South Africa play.
South Africa, Greece, UAE, Luxembourg and Ireland have 300-500 registered players each, total number. North Korea almost 1600, but 500 of them are women.

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GB has a big game against Japan tomorrow. Win and South Korea v GB will be a huge game but Korea will be a in big hole because they have to play Kazakhstan as well.

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Watching some North Korea vs Greece and I thought the level of hockey would be much worst, but it is still nothing to write home about. It looks like beer adult league to be honest, both teams lack any intensity and best skater is really average at best. Though I am looking forward to see South Africa play.
As others have said, you have to consider the circumstances of these countries and their hockey programs. At this level nearly every one of these guys are amateurs who only play together at most a couple of weeks a year. Some countries don't have a lot of ice to play on; Greece for example has a rink smaller than NHL regulation, and Ireland doesn't even have one in the country. Mongolia I do believe doesn't even have an indoor rink.

Then there are the fact that the total number of players in each country is small. Registration is in the low hundreds. Combine this with a lack of playing time and obviously the quality is not going to be top tier.

But the sport is growing. They just had a tournament in Asia. National teams from places like Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong participated. A tournament in the Middle East a couple years ago saw teams from Morocco, Algeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait play. Georgia just entered their first IIHF tournament this past year, and Kyrgyzstan is working on doing so in the next couple of years. While this doesn't mean we will be seeing a Kyrgyz player get drafted in the next decades, it does show that people are playing hockey, and any growth is good.

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