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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