The Q News announces extended coverage of 2015 IIHF World Under-20 Hockey Championship
While these divisions are not regularly covered on a grand stage in North America due to their non-involvement of Canada or the United States, 30 additional countries through five divisional tournaments vie for the opportunity to improve their standing on the international stage.
In the case of one of these tournaments, a berth in the following year’s World Junior Championship could be at stake.
While the World Junior Championship features ten teams split into two groups, these Divisional tournaments feature six teams per group, where each team plays the other once where the team with the best record is promoted to the next group above it while the team finishing last is relegated to the next group below.
The Q News’ extended coverage begins with Division II’s Group A which will eliminate from Tallinn, Estonia from December 7-13. There, the host team will battle with Great Britain, South Korea, Lithuania, The Netherlands and Romania for a chance to move up into Division I’s Group B in 2016. South Korea earned a promotion to this group last year going undefeated.
Where Division II Group A ends, Group B will begin in Jaca, Spain from the 13th to the 19th. The Spaniards once again will host teams from Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Iceland and Serbia for a chance to move back within striking distance of cracking the illusive Division I. Belgium won the Division III tournament last year to secure a promotion to this group.
From December 14-20, both Group A and Group B from Division I get underway. After hosting and winning Division II’s Group A last year, Hungary will move the tournament from Miskoic to Dunaujvaros where they will welcome France, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland and Ukraine for the Division I, Group B. After winning a promotion to Group A last year, Italy will take its turn to host the tournament that will see its winner promoted to the 2016 World Junior Championship in the city of Asiago. Joining the Italians this year will be Austria, Belarus, Latvia, Norway and Slovenia.
The final tournament on the schedule will see Dunedin, New Zealand host the Division III tournament from January 19-25. New Zealand will be matched up against Bulgaria, China, Mexico, the Republic of South Africa and Turkey for a chance to advance into the ranks of Division II.
Bryan Willett will be providing full tournament recaps as they conclude on the website, and provide daily updates on his Twitter account @TitanNationCA.
Of course, all of this is in addition to the extensive coverage of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship The Q News will be presenting to you this holiday season.
The Q News’ main division of the World Junior coverage will be released on Friday, Dec. 12
Strap in and hold on because The Q News is bringing the world of hockey straight to you!