Just over a month since Ukraine withdrew as hosts from the 2015 Division 1A World Championships, the IIHF have announced that Poland will be the country that will take over next year.

A week ago, it was announced that Krakow City, the city in which the tournament will take place in, had granted support to the Polish national team for the upcoming tournament. Krakow Arena will be the venue of choice for the IIHF’s second best group of countries, boasting a seating capacity of 15,328.

“We’ve been waiting for the decision regarding the tournament for a few months now,” said Polish Ice Hockey Federation President Dawid Chwalka. “It is a difficult situation for Ukraine at it is regrettable that they cannot host the tournament, but we hope that with a good location, and good atmosphere and great fans we can put together a great World Championship.”

Despite moving up into the second highest IIHF group, the most recent NHLer to come out of the country was Wojtek Wolski. Unfortunately, despite having a a solid rookie season that saw him record 50 points with the Colorado Avalanche, Wolski’s career has gone downhill for the most part. Currently, the Zabrze, Poland plays in the KHL with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.

Ukraine was forced to pull out as hosts in the middle of August due to the political tensions within the country.

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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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