IIHF World Championship Division I

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.

IIHF World Championship Division I
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2022 IIHF World Championship Division I
SportIce hockey
Founded1951 (Pool B)
2001 (Division I)
No. of teams12
Most recent
champion(s)
 Slovenia (Group A)
 Poland (Group B)
Most titles Slovenia (Group A) (8)
Promotion toTop-League
Relegation toDivision II
Official websiteIIHF.com

HistoryEdit

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 is 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]

ResultsEdit

Year Promoted Relegated
To Top Division To Division I A To Division I B To Division II
2001   Poland,   Slovenia   Estonia,   Lithuania
2002   Belarus,   Denmark   China   South Korea
2003   France,   Kazakhstan   Croatia,   Lithuania
2004   Belarus,   Slovenia   Belgium,   South Korea
2005   Italy,   Norway   China,   Romania
2006   Austria,   Germany   Croatia,   Israel
2007   France,   Slovenia   China,   Romania
2008   Austria,   Hungary   Estonia,   South Korea
2009   Italy,   Kazakhstan   Australia,  Romania
2010   Austria,   Slovenia   Croatia,   Serbia
2011   Italy,   Kazakhstan   Estonia,   Spain
2012   Slovenia,   Austria   South Korea   Ukraine   Australia
2013   Kazakhstan,   Italy   Ukraine   Great Britain   Estonia
2014   Slovenia,   Austria   Poland   South Korea   Romania
2015   Kazakhstan,   Hungary   South Korea   Ukraine   Netherlands
2016   Slovenia,   Italy   Ukraine   Japan   Romania
2017   Austria,   South Korea   Great Britain   Ukraine   Netherlands
2018   Great Britain,   Italy   Lithuania   Poland   Croatia
2019   Kazakhstan,   Belarus   Romania   Lithuania   Netherlands
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]
2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2022   Slovenia,   Hungary   Poland   Romania   Serbia

Pool BEdit

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 participationEdit

59 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 34 1951 2017 4 7 5 16 1st (1992/2017) 5
  Belgium 5 1951 2004 0 0 1 1 3rd (1956) 1
  Belarus 5 1996 2019 2 2 1 5 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 11 2001 2018 0 0 0 0 8th (2001/2014) 1
  Denmark 14 1949 2002 1 1 0 2 1st (1999) 2
  Spain 1 2011 2011 0 0 0 0 10th (2011) 0
  Estonia 17 1998 2022 0 0 1 1 3rd (1998) 1
  France 18 1951 2007 0 3 4 7 2nd (1951/2007) 4
  Great Britain 30 1952 2018 3 3 2 8 1st (1952/2018) 1
  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 27 1959 2022 0 4 4 8 2nd (1959/2022) 6
  Israel 1 2006 2006 0 0 0 0 12th (2006) 0
  Italy 28 1951 2018 5 9 3 17 1st (1951/1991) 2
  Japan 27 1962 2022 1 2 2 5 1st (1962) 4
  Kazakhstan 14 1997 2019 6 2 3 11 1st (2003/2019) 1
  Latvia 3 1994 1996 1 2 0 3 1st (1996) 0
  Lithuania 17 2001 2022 1 0 2 2 3rd (2006/2022) 3
  Netherlands 39 1951 2019 1 1 3 5 1st (1979) 6
  Norway 27 1956 2005 4 4 4 12 1st (1963/2005) 2
  Poland 42 1961 2022 6 7 7 20 1st (1965/1987) 6
  Romania 33 1959 2022 2 2 2 6 1st (1959/1976) 3
  Serbia 2 2010 2022 0 0 0 0 10th (2022) 0
  Slovenia 14 1998 2022 7 2 1 10 1st (2001/2022) 6
  Slovakia 1 1995 1995 1 0 0 1 1st (1995) 1
  South Korea 12 2002 2022 0 1 1 2 2nd (2017) 1
   Switzerland 23 1961 1997 4 5 4 13 1st (1971/1990) 5
  Ukraine 13 1998 2022 1 0 2 3 1st (1998) 3
  United States 5 1970 1983 3 2 0 5 1st (1970/1983) 1
  Yugoslavia 21 1951 1992 0 1 3 4 2nd (1974) 5
  • ^ Note 1. The Federal Republic of Germany competed as West Germany from 1953 until 1990.
  • ^ Note 2. Czechoslovakia, Sweden, and Finland each hosted this level on one occasion each.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IIHF (29 March 2011). "Japan withdraws from events". IIHF.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  2. ^ Steiss, Adam. "2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 21 March 2020.

External linksEdit