IIHF World Championship Division I

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IIHF World Championship Division I
Most recent season or competition:
2014 IIHF World Championship Division I
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1951 (Pool B)
2001 (Division I)
No. of teams 12
Most recent champion(s)  Slovenia (Group A)
 Poland (Group B)
Most titles  Poland (9)
Qualification Division II
Official website IIHF.com

The IIHF World Championship Division I is an annual sports event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The divisional championship is played in two groups.

From 2001 until 2011 the two national teams that lost the relegation round at the IIHF World Championship were relegated to Division I for the following year's World Championships. At the Division I Championship, the winner of each group was promoted to the following year's IIHF World Championship, while the loser of each group was relegated to the Division II. Beginning in 2012, the last place team from each group in the world championship will be relegated to Division I A, to be replaced by first and second place in Division I A. Sixth place in I A is relegated (now) to group I B, replaced by its winner, while sixth in I B is relegated to Division II.

The Division I World Championship was formed in 2001 from Pool B and the top four Pool C teams. Beginning in 2012 the two groups became tiered rather than parallel. Group A teams were the nations who either were relegated from the World Championship, or placed 2nd and 3rd in their 2011 groups. Group B was formed from the 4th and 5th placed teams, as well as the teams promoted from Division II. Japan qualified for group A because the IIHF council voted unanimously to allow Japan to maintain their seeded position (3rd) in their respective tournaments for 2012.[1]

Division I[edit]

Group A[edit]

Played in late April 2014 in Seoul, South Korea.

National Team Ranking^ In 2013
 Austria 15th Elite Division
 Slovenia 17th Elite Division
 Hungary 19th Division I Group A
 Japan 21st Division I Group A
 South Korea 25th Division I Group A
 Ukraine 20th Division I Group B

Group B[edit]

Played April 20–26, 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania.[2]

National Team Ranking^ In 2013
 Great Britain 22nd Division I Group A
 Poland 23rd Division I Group B
 Netherlands 24th Division I Group B
 Romania 27th Division I Group B
 Lithuania 26th Division I Group B
 Croatia 29th Division II Group A

^ – World Ranking

Results[edit]

Year Promoted Relegated
To Top Division To Division I A To Division I B To Division II
2001  Poland,  Slovenia  Lithuania,  Estonia
2002  Belarus,  Denmark  South Korea,  China
2003  Kazakhstan,  France  Lithuania,  Croatia
2004  Belarus,  Slovenia  Belgium,  South Korea
2005  Norway,  Italy  China,  Romania
2006  Germany,  Austria  Israel,  Croatia
2007  France,  Slovenia  China,  Romania
2008  Hungary,  Austria  Estonia,  South Korea
2009  Italy,  Kazakhstan  Romania,  Australia
2010  Slovenia,  Austria  Croatia,  Serbia
2011  Italy,  Kazakhstan  Spain,  Estonia
2012  Slovenia,  Austria  South Korea  Ukraine  Australia
2013  Italy,  Kazakhstan  Ukraine  Great Britain  Estonia
2014  Slovenia,  Austria  Poland  South Korea  Romania

Pool B[edit]

Champions 1951–2000[edit]

Year National team
1951  Italy
1952  Great Britain
1953  Italy
1955  Italy
1956  East Germany
1959  Romania
1961  Norway
1962  Japan
1963  Norway
1965  Poland
1966  West Germany
1967  Poland
1969  East Germany
1970  United States
1971  Switzerland
1972  Poland
1973  East Germany
1974  United States
1975  East Germany
1976  Romania
1977  East Germany
1978  Poland
1979  Netherlands
1981  Italy
1982  East Germany
1983  United States
1985  Poland
1986  Switzerland
1987  Poland
1989  Norway
1990  Switzerland
1991  Italy
1992  Austria
1993  Great Britain
1994  Switzerland
1995  Slovakia
1996  Latvia
1997  Belarus
1998  Ukraine
1999  Denmark
2000  Germany

Summary of participation[edit]

54 championships

  • Division I teams (2001–present) are ranked one through twelve, with this chart assessing gold, silver, and bronze to the nations who ranked 17th, 18th, and 19th overall.
Team Times First Last Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish (first/last) Hosted[N2]
 Australia 3 1962 2012 0 0 0 0 5th (1962) 0
 Austria 31 1951 2012 3 6 5 14 1st (1992/2010) 5
 Belgium 5 1951 2004 0 0 1 1 3rd (1956) 1
 Belarus 4 1996 2004 2 1 1 4 1st (1997/2002) 0
 Bulgaria 4 1970 1993 0 0 0 0 5th (1992) 0
 China 10 1979 2007 0 0 0 0 6th (1982) 1
 Croatia 7 2001 2010 0 0 0 0 8th (2001) 1
 Denmark 14 1949 2002 1 1 0 2 1st (1999) 2
 Spain 1 2011 2011 0 0 0 0 10th (2011) 0
 Estonia 12 1998 2013 0 0 1 1 3rd (1998) 1
 France 18 1951 2007 0 3 4 7 2nd (1951/2007) 4
 Great Britain 26 1952 2013 2 3 2 7 1st (1952/1993) 0
 East Germany 14 1956 1990 6 1 3 10 1st (1956/1982) 1
 Germany[N1] 9 1965 2006 3 2 2 7 1st (1966/2006) 1
 Hungary 22 1959 2013 0 2 4 6 2nd (1959/2008) 5
 Israel 1 2006 2006 0 0 0 0 12th (2006) 0
 Italy 26 1951 2013 5 7 3 15 1st (1951/1991) 2
 Japan 21 1962 2013 1 2 2 5 1st (1962) 4
 Kazakhstan 11 1997 2013 4 2 1 7 1st (2003/2013) 0
 South Korea 7 2002 2013 0 0 0 0 5th (2013) 0
 Latvia 3 1994 1996 1 2 0 3 1st (1996) 0
 Lithuania 11 2001 2013 0 0 1 1 3rd (2006) 1
 Netherlands 36 1951 2013 1 1 3 5 1st (1979) 6
 Norway 27 1956 2005 4 4 4 12 1st (1963/2005) 2
 Poland 36 1961 2013 6 7 5 18 1st (1965/1987) 5
 Romania 28 1959 2013 2 2 2 6 1st (1959/1976) 3
 Serbia 1 2010 2010 0 0 0 0 11th (2010) 0
 Slovenia 9 1998 2012 4 2 1 7 1st (2001/2012) 5
 Switzerland 23 1961 1997 4 5 4 13 1st (1971/1990) 5
 Slovakia 1 1995 1995 1 0 0 1 1st (1995) 1
 Ukraine 7 1998 2013 1 0 2 3 1st (1998) 2
 United States 5 1970 1983 3 2 0 5 1st (1970/1983) 1
 Yugoslavia 21 1951 1992 0 1 3 4 2nd (1974) 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. 

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