A year after falling out of the third highest World Championships event, Romania will find themselves back in Division IB for the 2016 tournament thanks to a perfect 4-0 record this past week.

In almost every division of the World Championships, the team that was most recently relegated from the year before tends to be one of the stronger teams in their new, lower division. Last year, the team missed many of it’s biggest stars, and while North Americans are accustomed to that with the main group, Romania doesn’t have as big of a pool to select from.

In a five game tournament, you don’t have time for any wiggle room. Romania was able to secure the gold medal just four games into the tournament, beating Serbia 8-4, Australia 5-1, Belgium 4-3 and finally Spain 7-1, taking home the medal after a one-sided contest.

There is a little cause for concern for next year, however.

“We have an aging team on paper and without mentioning any names there are players who have made their last appearances for the national team,” said Romania’s head coach Kjell Lindqvist to IIHF.com.

Whenever a team with a lot of experience starts to disband due to retirements, teams are forced to back track with some of their more inexperienced, younger players. That does, however, turn out to be better for the long term, but the team could be forced to face relegation again next year. Regardless, the team looks to be in good standing for the future, with hopes of sticking in Division IB for an extended stay on the horizon next year.

Romania’s final game is set for Sunday afternoon against Iceland, the tournament’s hosts. Australia is currently the favourites to earn demotion to Division IIB, as their two points will likely not help their cause.

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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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