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IIHF World Championship Division II

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

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

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.

ResultsEdit

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

Pool CEdit

Champions 1961–2000Edit

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 participationEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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.

External linksEdit