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2008 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

The 2008 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships was the 72nd such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Teams representing 48 countries participated in four levels of competition. The competition also served as qualification for division placements in the 2009 competition. In the Division I Championship held in April, Austria and Hungary were promoted to the Championship division, while South Korea and Estonia were demoted to Division II. In the Division II competition, Romania and Australia were promoted, Ireland and New Zealand were relegated to Division III. Greece won the Division III qualification in February, and competed in the Division III competition from March to April. In that competition, North Korea and South Africa were promoted to Division II in 2009.

2008 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
2007
2009

ChampionshipEdit

Final standings
  1.   Russia
  2.   Canada
  3.   Finland
  4.   Sweden
  5.   Czech Republic
  6.   United States
  7.    Switzerland
  8.   Norway
  9.   Belarus
  10.   Germany
  11.   Latvia
  12.   Denmark
  13.   Slovakia
  14.   France
  15.   Sloveniarelegated to Division I for 2009
  16.   Italyrelegated to Division I for 2009

Division IEdit

Twelve teams comprise Division I. They are broken into two groups, with the winner of each group gaining promotion to the World Championship pool for the following year.

Group A

Final standings
  1.   Austriapromoted to Championship pool for 2009
  2.   Kazakhstan
  3.   Poland
  4.   Great Britain
  5.   Netherlands
  6.   South Korearelegated to Division II for 2009

Group B

Final standings
  1.   Hungarypromoted to Championship pool for 2009
  2.   Ukraine
  3.   Japan
  4.   Lithuania
  5.   Croatia
  6.   Estoniarelegated to Division II for 2009

Division IIEdit

Twelve teams comprise Division II. They are also broken into two groups competing to advance into Division I.

Group A

Final standings
  1.   Romaniapromoted to Division I for 2010
  2.   Belgium
  3.   Serbia
  4.   Israel
  5.   Bulgaria
  6.   Irelandrelegated to Division III for 2010

Group B

Final standings
  1.   Australiapromoted to Division I for 2010
  2.   China
  3.   Spain
  4.   Mexico
  5.   Iceland
  6.   New Zealandrelegated to Division III for 2010

Division IIIEdit

Division III is made up of six teams. The top two teams are promoted to Division II for the following year.

Final standings
  1.   North Koreapromoted to Division II for 2009
  2.   South Africapromoted to Division II for 2009
  3.   Luxembourg
  4.   Turkey
  5.   Greece
  6.   Mongolia

Division III QualificationEdit

Three teams comprise the Division III Qualification with the winning team advancing to the 2008 Division III competition.

Final standings
  1.   Greecequalified for the 2008 IIHF World Championship Division III
  2.   Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3.   Armenia

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