The Division IA World Championship tournament saw one expected and one very surprising participant both qualify for the 2019 World Championship top division in Slovakia, with Italy returning after a one-year absence, while Great Britain returns after a quarter century absence.
The International Hockey Lineal Championship doubled up on champions in 2016, with six different nations taking hold of the IHLC over a span of 23 games, leaving an unlikely country the incumbent champion heading into 2017.
While the notion of the Team Europe and North America squads at the 2016 World Cup Of Hockey were seen as gimmicky by many, they have served as not only a pleasant surprise to fans around the world, but as now one of the top two teams in international hockey.
The second leg of Olympic Qualification is in the books, with Japan, Poland and Italy emerging victorious in the Pre-Qualification Round to advance to the Final Qualification round in September, with the winners moving on to Korea in 2018.
03:27 – PEN – Lindström, holding
04:06 – PEN – Tõkési, interference
13:40 – PEN – Lencsés, tripping
14:18 – PP GOAL – Strålman (Bremberg, Lindström)
15:47 – PEN – Tarnström, hooking