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The 2008 DIII World Championship Qualification was a competition held between February 15th and February 17th 2008 at the Zetra Olympic Hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The winner of the tournament was to take part in the 2008 DIII World Championship held in Luxembourg.

Participating teamsEdit

CalendarEdit

Feburary 15 Greece - Bosnia-Herzegovina

Feburary 16 Greece - Armenia

Feburary 17 Bosnia-Herzegovina - Armenia

RostersEdit

Armenia (ARM)Edit

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) Edit

Greece (GRE) Edit

ResultsEdit

February 15thEdit

Greece 10-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina First period:

Second period:

Third period:

Goaltenders: GRE Ntalimpor Ploutsis W, 1-1-0-0 ; BIH Dino Pasovic L, 1-0-1-0 shots on goal: GRE: 46 BIH: 19

February 16thEdit

Greece 8 - 5 Armenia (game was later forfeited and declared 5-0 win for Greece) First period:

Second period:

Third period:

          • Penalty 40:00 42:00 GRE 2min. - Team penalty - Illegal or

Dangerous Equipment (Equipment Infraction)

Goaltenders: GRE Ntalimpor Ploutsis W, 2-2-0-0; ARM Lavik Ghazaryan L, 1-0-1-0 shots on goal: GRE: 37 ARM: 28

February 17thEdit

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-18 Armenia (game was later forfeited and declared 5-0 win for Bosnia-Herzegovina)

First period:

Second Period:

Third period:

Goaltenders: BIH Ntalimpor Ploutsis L, 1-1-0-0 ; BIH Dino Pasovic L, 1-0-1-0 shots on goal: BIH: 27 ARM: 17 (?)

Final standingEdit

With Armenia's disqualification, the final standing is the following:

# Flag of Greece Greek National Team                   2 2 0 0
# Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian-Herzegovinian National Team   2 1 1 0 
# Flag of Armenia Armenian National Team                2 0 0 0

Greece qualifies for the 2008 DIII World Championship held in Luxembourg.

Top 10 scorersEdit

Excluding the disqualified Armenians

  Player                         GP G A PTS PIM +/-
# Igor Apostolidis           GRE  1 2 3  5   4  +2
# Ioannis Koufis             GRE  1 2 1  3   4  +1
# Lazaros Efkarpidis         GRE  1 1 1  2   0  +2
# Dimitrios Kalyvas          GRE  1 1 1  2  10  +2
# Muamer Dzamalija           BIH  1 1 0  1   6  -4
# Georgios Kalyvas           GRE  1 1 0  1  12  +1
# Athanasios Kesidis         GRE  1 1 0  1   2   0
# Nikolaos Papadopoulos      GRE  1 1 0  1   2  +3
# Alexandros Valsamas-Rallis GRE  1 1 0  1   0  +2
# Emir Barakovac             BIH  1 0 1  1   6  -2

AftermathEdit

Greece, with its brilliant performance, secured a place in the 2008 DIII World Championship, a win many felt particularly well deserved after having been kept out of international and even domestic competition for over a decade due to the closing of the last arena of the country. The major disappointment comes from the Armenian National Team, that is, once again, involved in controversy and this time disqualified. After the players have been denied access in New Zealand in 2003 and Ireland in 2007 by the local authorities due to visa problems, this year, the disqualification was caused by the Armenians refusing to show their passports on four distinct occasions before Game 1 was underway, which constitutes a violation of an International Ice Hockey Federation rule.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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