Major Announcements Made At 2019 IIHF Congress

The IIHF Annual Congress today was held on the off day at the 2019 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a number of major announcements voted on to impact the future of international hockey in the coming years.
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๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Kazakhstan, Belarus Promoted To 2020 World Championship

The Division IA World Championship tournament saw the return of two powerhouses to the Top Division in 2020, with Belarus and hosts Kazakhstan clinching spots for next year in Switzerland at the 2019 tournament in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Belarus, South Korea Relegated From World Championship

An expected team and a very unexpected team both clinched the unwanted spots of relegation to Division IA at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, with South Korea clinching the second relegation, after Belarus, with a day still remaining in group play at the tournament in Denmark.
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IHLC Preview – 2018 World Championship

The finish of the international hockey calendar is set to begin on 4 May in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with the top sixteen hockey countries in the world meeting to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
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IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia 2-1 South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท – 25 Apr 2018

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakiaย 2-1ย South Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

Exhibition Game
Easton Arรฉna, Pieลกลฅany ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

1st Period
11:46 – ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ทย PEN – Radunske, high sticking
17:35 – ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย PEN – Kriลกtof, slashing
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๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea Becomes First New Men’s IHLC Contender In 15 Years

In an international hockey world that seldom sees new nations emerge to contend for the International Hockey Lineal Championship, Slovakia’s IHLC win over Latvia today confirmed their next opponent will be South Korea (Korea Republic), making the Koreans the first new team in 15 years to contend for the IHLC.
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๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต IOC, IIHF Announce Historic Joint Korean Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

After days of rumour and speculation, the International Olympic Committee, in tandem with the International Ice Hockey Federation, today confirmed that the Korean Olympic women’s hockey team will feature players from both Koreas at the upcoming PyeongChang Games.
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๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Austria, South Korea Promoted To 2018 World Championship

The two teams that narrowly missed promotion to the 2017 World Championship today both punched their tickets to the 2018 tournament in Denmark, with Austria and South Korea locking up their spots at the World Championship Division IA finals in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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IHLC Team Profiles – ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea (Women’s)

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท SOUTH KOREA (KOR) Women’s National Ice Hockey Team (1999-)
played at Olympics asย UNIFIED KOREA (COR), 2018

Korea emerged as an IHLC by way of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, where Korea hosted a historic unified squad with players from the North joining the South Koreans. While they did not get to contend for the IHLC, and finished last in the tournament, they will look climb their way into the women’s hockey medal picture in the future…for good.
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IHLC Team Profiles – ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea (Men’s)

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท SOUTH KOREA (KOR) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team (1979-)

Korea landed on the radar of the IHLC in 2018, both being the hosts of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang and qualifying for their first World Championship Top Division in history. While finally getting a shot at the IHLC in 2018 (after narrowly missing two previous opportunities), they certainly surprised the hockey world in 2018, and will look to continue to surprise and become a permanent fixture on the international stage.
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