IIHF World Championship Division II

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IIHF World Championship Division II
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2020 IIHF World Championship Division II
SportIce hockey
Founded1961 (Pool C)
2001 (Division II)
No. of teams12
Most recent
champion(s)
 Serbia (Group A)
 Israel (Group B)
Most titles Romania (8)
QualificationDivision III
Official websiteIIHF.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, part of the Ice Hockey World Championships

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.

Results[edit]

Year 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
Year Promoted Relegated
To Division I B To Division II A To Division II B To Division III
2012  Estonia (Group A)  Belgium (Group B)  New Zealand  South Africa
2013  Croatia (Group A)  Israel (Group B)  Spain  Bulgaria
2014  Estonia (Group A)  Spain (Group B)  Israel  Turkey
2015  Romania (Group A)  China (Group B)  Australia  South Africa
2016  Netherlands (Group A)  Australia (Group B)  China  Bulgaria
2017  Romania (Group A)  China (Group B)  Spain  Turkey
2018  Netherlands (Group A)  Spain (Group B)  Iceland  Luxembourg
2019  Serbia (Group A)  Israel (Group B)  Belgium  North Korea

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]

51 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 24 1974 2019 0 4 3 7 2nd (2008/2018) 3
 Austria 7 1963 1981 5 1 1 7 1st (1963/1981) 1
 Belgium 29 1961 2019 0 3 3 6 2nd (2003/2015) 0
 Belarus 2 1994 1995 1 1 0 2 1st (1994) 0
 Bulgaria 38 1963 2016 0 1 4 5 2nd (1975) 5
 China 30 1972 2019 0 6 4 10 2nd (1981/2006) 2
 Croatia 11 2001 2019 3 1 3 7 1st (2005/2013) 4
 Denmark 20 1963 1991 1 3 5 9 1st (1991) 3
 Estonia 8 1995 2014 4 0 2 5 1st (2002/2014) 2
 France 16 1961 1985 1 2 2 5 1st (1985) 2
 Georgia 1 2019 0 0 0 0 10th (2019) 0
 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 16 2001 2019 0 1 1 2 2nd (2014) 1
 Israel 17 1993 2019 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 1 0 0 1 1st (1993) 0
 Lithuania 6 1997 2004 1 1 2 4 1st (2004) 1
 Luxembourg 3 2002 2018 0 0 0 0 11th (2004) 0
 Mexico 15 2001 2019 0 0 0 0 7th (2008) 2
 Netherlands 14 1961 2018 6 1 0 7 1st (1978/2018) 3
 Norway 3 1973 1986 3 0 0 3 1st (1973/1986) 0
 New Zealand 14 2001 2019 0 0 0 0 4th (2011) 2
 North Korea 20 1974 2019 0 1 0 1 2nd (1992) 0
 Romania 18 1961 2017 8 2 3 13 1st (1961/2017) 5
 South Africa 11 1961 2015 0 0 1 1 3rd (1966) 1
 Serbia[N1] 11 2007 2019 1 1 4 6 1st (2019) 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
 Spain 27 1977 2019 0 3 1 4 2nd (2010/2016) 9
  Switzerland 2 1969 1974 1 1 0 2 1st (1974) 2
 Slovakia 1 1994 1 0 0 1 1st (1994) 1
 Turkey 7 2002 2017 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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