For the first time since the 2011 Division II World Championships, Australia are hockey champions.

A 6-2 victory over their rivals from New Zealand proved to be the winning factor for the Aussies, who won in their first year back in Division IIB after getting relegated from IIA in 2015. The team was led by Wehebe Darge, who scored a remarkable 11 goals and 24 points in just five games, easily winning the top forward award at the end of the tournament.

Australia finished the five game event with 58 goals for and 10 against, good enough to win every single game in the tournament. The early afternoon game came before Mexico, who were still eligible for gold heading into the day, was set to play North Korea, who won the bronze medal after just getting promoted from the lowest World Championship division a year prior.

With the win, Australia will replace China in Division IIA next year after a winless result for the Chinese.

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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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