OLYMPICS Team China return to men's ice hockey Division 1


Team China return to men's ice hockey Division 1


18:51, April 30, 2022

China's Yuan Junjie (L) greets teammates during the IIHF World Championship match between China and Croatia at Velesajam Ice Rink in Zagreb, Croatia, April 29, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

Team China secured a spot in Division 1 after defeating hosts Croatia 5-1 on Friday during the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship in Zagreb, Croatia.

As the sole team with three victories, Team China topped Division 2 Group A, earning promotion to Division 1 and ending a 15-year absence.

Prior to their victory over Croatia, China defeated Israel 14-1 on April 26 and edged the Netherlands 5-1 on April 27 in group matches.

Since 2012, according to the rules, the Division 2 Group A champion will be promoted to Division I Group B. Therefore, Team China have secured their spot in Division 1 Group B during the 2023 world championship.

The annual IIHF world championship was canceled in both of the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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