IIHF World Championship Division II

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IIHF World Championship Division II
Current season, competition or edition:
2015 IIHF World Championship Division II
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1961 (Pool C)
2001 (Division II)
No. of teams 12
Most recent champion(s)  Estonia (Group A),
 Spain (Group B)
Most titles  Romania (6)
Qualification Division III
Official website IIHF.com

The IIHF World Championship Division II are an annual sports event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The division championships are played in two groups.

From 2001 until 2011, the two national teams that finished last in their groups in Division I were relegated to Division II for next year's World Championships. At the Division II Championship, the winner of each group was promoted to next year's Division I, while the loser of each group was relegated to the IIHF World Championship Division III. Beginning in 2012, the Group A champion was promoted to Division I Group B, and was replaced by that tournament's last placed team. The Group B champion was promoted to Group A, and was replaced by the team relegated from there. Last place in Group B is relegated to Division III, being replaced by their champion.

The Division II World championships have been played in their current format since 2001. Division II was formed from the teams ranked 29th to 40th, which was the five lowest-placing teams in Pool C, and the seven best teams from Pool D. Beginning in 2012, the two groups became tiered rather than parallel. Teams qualified for Group A by either being relegated from Division I, or placing 2nd or 3rd in their 2011 groups. Group B teams were formed from the teams placing 4th, 5th, or promoted from Division III.

Division II[edit]

Group A[edit]

Will be played in Reykjavík, Iceland, from 13 to 19 April 2015.

National Team Ranking^ In 2013
 Romania 27th Division I Group B
 Iceland 35th Division II Group A
 Serbia 31st Division II Group A
 Australia 34th Division II Group A
 Belgium 36th Division II Group A
 Spain 30th Division II Group B

Group B[edit]

Will be played in Cape Town, South Africa, from 13 to 19 April 2015.

National Team Ranking^ In 2013
 Israel 32nd Division II Group A
 Mexico 33rd Division II Group B
 New Zealand 37th Division II Group B
 China 38th Division II Group B
 South Africa 40th Division II Group B
 Bulgaria 39th Division III

^ – World Ranking

Results[edit]

Year Co-Champions and Promoted Relegated
2001  South Korea  Romania  New Zealand  Mexico
2002  Estonia  Lithuania  Turkey  Luxembourg
2003  South Korea  Belgium  Mexico  Iceland
2004  China  Lithuania  Luxembourg  South Africa
2005  Croatia  Israel  Turkey  Iceland
2006  Romania  China  South Africa  New Zealand
2007  Croatia  South Korea  Turkey  North Korea
2008  Romania  Australia  Ireland  New Zealand
2009  Serbia  South Korea  North Korea  South Africa
2010  Spain  Estonia  Turkey  Israel
2011  Australia  Romania  North Korea  Ireland
2012  Estonia (Group A)  Belgium (Group B)  New Zealand (to Group B)  South Africa
2013  Croatia (Group A)  Israel (Group B)  Spain (to Group B)  Bulgaria
2014  Estonia (Group A)  Spain (Group B)  Israel (to Group B)  Turkey

Pool C[edit]

Champions 1961–2000[edit]

Following the year 2000, Pool C became Division II and was split into two sections as a result of an influx of competing teams.

Year National team
1961  Romania
1963  Austria
1966  Italy
1967  Japan
1969  Japan
1970  Austria
1971  Romania
1972  Austria
1973  Norway
1974  Switzerland
1975  Norway
1976  Austria
1977  Italy
1978  Netherlands
1979  Yugoslavia
1981  Austria
1982  Japan
1983  Netherlands
1985  France
1986  Norway
1987  Japan
1989  Netherlands
1990  Yugoslavia
1991  Denmark
1992  Great Britain
1993  Latvia
1994  Slovakia
1995  Belarus
1996  Kazakhstan
1997  Ukraine
1998  Hungary
1999  Netherlands
2000  Hungary

Summary of participation[edit]

46 championships

  • In 1992, 1994, and 1995, Group C was played in two independent tiers, the results for the nations who were not given the opportunity to win Group C (known as Group C2) in those years are presented along with Group D/Division III.
  • Division II teams (2001–present) are ranked one through twelve, with this chart assessing gold, silver, and bronze to the nations who ranked 29th, 30th, and 31st overall.
Team Times First Last Gold Silver Bronze Total Best finish (first/last) Hosted[N2]
 Australia 20 1974 2014 0 2 2 4 2nd (2008/2011) 3
 Austria 7 1963 1981 5 1 1 7 1st (1963/1981) 1
 Belgium 25 1961 2014 0 2 2 4 2nd (2003/2013) 0
 Belarus 2 1994 1995 1 1 0 2 1st (1994) 0
 Bulgaria 37 1963 2013 0 1 4 5 2nd (1975) 5
 China 26 1972 2014 0 6 4 10 2nd (1981/2006) 2
 Croatia 10 2001 2013 3 0 3 6 1st (2005/2013) 4
 Denmark 20 1963 1991 1 3 5 9 1st (1991) 3
 Spain 23 1977 2014 0 2 1 3 2nd (2010/2012) 7
 Estonia 8 1995 2014 4 0 2 5 1st (2002/2014) 2
 France 16 1961 1985 1 2 2 5 2nd (1985) 2
 Great Britain 8 1971 1992 1 0 0 1 1st (1992) 1
 Hungary 25 1963 2000 2 3 6 11 1st (1998/2000) 3
 Ireland 2 2008 2011 0 0 0 0 12th (2008/2011) 0
 Iceland 12 2001 2014 0 1 1 2 2nd (2014) 1
 Israel 13 1993 2014 0 1 0 1 2nd (2005) 0
 Italy 6 1966 1979 2 4 0 6 1st (1966/1977) 0
 Japan 5 1967 1997 4 0 0 4 1st (1967/1987) 0
 Kazakhstan 4 1993 1996 1 1 1 3 1st (1996) 0
 South Korea 17 1979 2009 2 2 1 5 1st (2003/2009) 2
 Latvia 1 1993 1993 1 0 0 1 1st (1993) 0
 Lithuania 6 1997 2004 1 1 2 4 1st (2004) 1
 Luxembourg 2 2002 2004 0 0 0 0 11th (2004) 0
 Mexico 11 2001 2014 0 0 0 0 7th (2008) 1
 Netherlands 12 1961 1999 4 1 0 5 1st (1978/1999) 2
 Norway 3 1973 1986 3 0 0 3 1st (1973/1986) 0
 New Zealand 10 2001 2014 0 0 0 0 4th (2011) 1
 North Korea 16 1974 2013 0 1 0 1 2nd (1992) 0
 Romania 17 1961 2011 6 2 3 11 1st (1961/2011) 4
 South Africa 11 1961 2014 0 0 1 1 3rd (1966) 1
 Serbia[N1] 7 2007 2014 0 1 1 2 2nd (2009) 2
 Serbia and Montenegro[N1] 9 1995 2006 0 0 1 1 3rd (2003) 2
 Slovenia 5 1993 1997 0 1 1 2 2nd (1997) 2
 Switzerland 2 1969 1974 1 1 0 2 1st (1974) 2
 Slovakia 1 1994 1994 1 0 0 1 1st (1994) 1
 Turkey 6 2002 2014 0 0 0 0 11th (2002/2013) 1
 Ukraine 5 1993 1997 1 2 2 5 1st (1997) 0
 Yugoslavia[N1] 7 1961 1990 2 3 1 6 1st (1979/1990) 2

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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