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The 2008 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships was the 72nd such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Teams representing 48 countries will participate in four levels of competition. The competition will also serve as qualifications for the 2009 competition. In the Division I Championship held in April, Austria and Hungary were promoted to the Championship division, while South Korea and Estonia were demoted to Division II. In the Division II competition, Romania and Australia were promoted, Ireland and New Zealand were relegated to Division III. Greece won the Division III qualification in February, and competed in the Division III competition from March to April. In that competition, North Korea and South Africa were promoted to Division II in 2009.

The preliminary rosters are available at the IIHF website, the latest update being for the date of April 26, 2008.[1]

ChampionshipEdit

Final standings
  1. Flag of Russia Russia
  2. Flag of Canada Canada
  3. Flag of Finland Finland
  4. Flag of Sweden Sweden
  5. Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
  6. Flag of the United States United States of America
  7. Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
  8. Flag of Norway Norway
  9. Flag of Belarus Belarus
  10. Flag of Germany Germany
  11. Flag of Latvia Latvia
  12. Flag of Denmark Denmark
  13. Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
  14. Flag of France France
  15. Flag of Slovenia Sloveniarelegated to Division I for 2009
  16. Flag of Italy Italyrelegated to Division I for 2009

Division I Edit

Twelve teams comprise Division I. They are broken into two groups, with the winner of each group gaining promotion to the World Championship pool for the following year.

Group A

Final standings
  1. Flag of Austria Austriapromoted to Championship pool for 2009
  2. Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
  3. Flag of Poland Poland
  4. Flag of Great Britain United Kingdom
  5. Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
  6. Flag of Korea South Korearelegated to Division II for 2009

Group B

Final standings
  1. Flag of Hungary Hungarypromoted to Championship pool for 2009
  2. Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
  3. Flag of Japan Japan
  4. Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
  5. Flag of Croatia Croatia
  6. Flag of Estonia Estoniarelegated to Division II for 2009

Division II Edit

Twelve teams comprise Division II. They are also broken into two groups competing to advance into Division I.

Group A

Final standings
  1. Flag of Romania Romaniapromoted to Division I for 2010
  2. Flag of Belgium Belgium
  3. Flag of Serbia Serbia
  4. Flag of Israel Israel
  5. Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
  6. Flag of Ireland Irelandrelegated to Division III for 2010

Group B

Final standings
  1. Flag of Australia Australiapromoted to Division I for 2010
  2. Flag of China China
  3. Flag of Spain Spain
  4. Flag of Mexico Mexico
  5. Flag of Iceland Iceland
  6. Flag of New Zealand New Zealandrelegated to Division III for 2010

Division III Edit

Division III is made up of six teams. The top two in each year’s tournament are promoted to Division II.

Final standings
  1. Flag of North Korea North Koreapromoted to Division II for 2009
  2. Flag of South Africa South Africapromoted to Division II for 2009
  3. Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
  4. Flag of Turkey Turkey
  5. Flag of Greece Greece
  6. Flag of Mongolia Mongolia

Division III Qualification Edit

Three teams comprise the Division III Qualification with the winning team advancing to the 2008 Division III competition.

Final standings
  1. Flag of Greece Greecequalified for the 2008 IIHF World Championship Division III
  2. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. Flag of Armenia Armenia

ReferencesEdit


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