The Division IIB World Juniors have come to a close on Friday, with Croatia being crowned as the champions, earning them a spot in the Division IIA U20 tournament for 2016.

Croatia had a flawless tournament, winning all five games with ease. Their closest battle came in the fifth and final game of the week, a 3-2 victory over Spain. The final match was an important one, with both teams battling for the chance at promotion. Both of Spain’s goals came within the final ten minutes of the game, but with the team unable to pull their goalie until the final 22 seconds of the battle, their comeback appeared to have come too late.

It was a big victory for Croatia, who were relegated from Division IIA at the end of the 2014 tournament.

At the other end of the spectrum, Iceland gathered zero points in five games to fall down to the bottom Division III tournament for 2016. Last year, the team barely stayed alive after beating China in the battle for fourth place.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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