The Polish national team capped off a strong 2014 season with a Euro Ice Hockey Challenge tournament victory in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday.

Both Poland and Korea came out of the tournament with two victories, but the killer would be the two points Korea earned against Italy in a shootout win compared to two three point victories for Poland. The extra point sealed the deal prior to the final contest, as a 6-3 loss for Poland at the hands of the Koreans proved to mean nothing in the end.

It’s been a good year for Poland. They earned promotion to the Division IA World Championships earlier this year and it was announced just recently that they would host the tournament after Ukraine had to withdraw. At the other end of the spectrum, the recently demoted Italians, used a roster full of homegrown players after years of using ex-pats from North America. The team was unable to win a game in regulation, finishing in last place in the four team 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: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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