China will earn promotion to the Division IIA World Championships in 2016 after a stellar performance at the Division IIB event this past week.

The gold came just before their final game against the hosts from South Africa, who were in their own fight against Israel to stay alive. It was an impressive result for the Chinese, who after two straight fourth place finishes, can now move up to Group A for the first time since the IIHF started using split divisions.

30-year-old Xijun Cui was the top offensive player for the Chinese, scoring eight points in his first four games. Cui, who plays with Qiqihar in the Chinese league, was participating in his first ever World Championship event and first international tournaments since the Division II World Juniors, scoring five points in five games back in 2004.

Regardless of what happens in their final game against South Africa, China will most likely replace Australia in the Division IIA championships next year after a lackluster performance from the team down under.

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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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