After a one year break, China will return to Division IIB for the 2016 World Juniors after defeating New Zealand on Sunday for the tournament championship.

The task was simple: win and you’re in. For both competitors, a victory would mean advancement, but after heading to the finals with a perfect 3-0 record, including a 13-0 win over South Africa in their previous game, the odds were laying in the hands of the pre-tournament favourites. Frazer Ellis had New Zealand’s only goal in the final match, but Qing Liu led the way with two goals from the point to help the Chinese win 4-1, securing gold.

With the victory, China will replace Iceland in Division IIB for the 2016 edition of the tournament. It all signifies the end of the World Junior hockey season, with all division of the U20 event officially completed. For news from every single event, click here.

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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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