After years of frustration and years of failure, Kazakhstan will finally earn promotion to the 2016 Division IA World Juniors.

After their four-year stay at the top level of the World Junior’s ended in 2001, Kazakhstan had a two year stay at the top again, competing with the top dogs in both the 2008 and 2009 tournaments. Since then, they’ve struggled in D1, battling teams like Italy and Poland in Division 1B ever since. The tournament victory with a game still to go is a big one for Kazakhstan, who can finally move on after years of coming up short.

The last time Kazakhstan competed in Division IA, the team lost all seven games in an embarrassing tournament for the country. The year before, Kazakhstan started off the top division event with a 9-0 loss to the ninth place German team and 15-0 loss to Canada. The team will have a few players returning in 2016, but the biggest challenge will be to stick in the group for more than just one tournament.

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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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