Great Britain disqualified from 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship result



As part of our expanded coverage of the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships at The Q News, today we bring to you the news that the International Ice Hockey Federation has disqualified Great Britain from their result at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Great Britain competed in and hosted the Group B tournament in Division I play from Dec. 9-15, 2013 that saw Italy win the group and advance to Group A for 2015’s tournament.

The decision stems from an investigation that revealed Great Britain had an ineligible player on their roster as they participated in the tournament. The player in question was 18-year-old defenceman Adam Jones.

In a press release sent out by the IIHF, it was discovered that following the tournament it had been discovered that Jones has dual citizenship between both Great Britain and Canada. He had been entered onto the team roster despite not being eligible according to the IIHF Statues and Bylaws because he did not play long enough in Great Britain after his 12th birthday.

To apply for eligibility to represent a country, the responsible IIHF Member National Association needs to declare among other information all citizenships of its players when entering the team and submit an application with all related evidence to the IIHF for players with multiple citizenships. Ice Hockey UK failed to do both when entering Jones into the team roster for the 2014 Division I, Group B tournament.

According to his profile, Jones has played hockey in Canada in the CSSHL and HJHL through both the Okanagan Hockey Academy and the Banff Academy teams. It was just this past season that he transferred to the Lower Austria Stars Under-20 team. You can review his site profile here.

Under IIHF Bylaw 406.2.2, Great Britain have been disqualified from the event and will be ranked in sixth place after having originally finished in fifth place (1-1-1-2, 6 pts.). As a result, Great Britain, in place of Japan, will be relegated to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship’s Division II, Group A.

The original posting from the IIHF can be found here.