Just a few weeks after the Finnish national Inline team were crowned champions on the biggest stage, four more teams will compete for a chance to be promoted to the second tier in a qualification tournament taking place from July 4th-6th.

The teams competing in this year’s European edition will be Macedonia, Serbia, Israel and Bulgaria. Last year, Latvia qualified thanks to a 35-1 demolition of Macedonia and a 13-0 shutout over Ireland to convincingly move on. Macedonia is the only team making a return to the tournament from last year, as Israel and Serbia are still fairly new to the roller game.

Back in 2011, Bulgaria gained promotion to the 2012 Division I tournament after winning both of their games against Macedonia and Turkey. They repeated their success the following year and are expected to make it three in just a week’s time.

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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: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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