The Turkish national men’s hockey team has achieved success thanks to a perfect Division III tournament on home ice.

Turkey had no issues at any point of the tournament, with their only close game being a 5-4 victory over Georgia on the opening day. They kept their week long adventure with a 7-2 victory over South Africa, who had a decent finish with a bronze medal performance.

Turkey will move on to the Division IIB tournament for the first time in two years in 2017, with the team their replacing to be decided next week.

The tournament showed tremendous success for Georgia, who struggled in the first two years they participated at the World Championships. The silver medalists were led by Georgian newcomers Boris Kochkin and Artyom Kozyulin, who finished with 19 and 13 points respectively.

On the flip side, Hong Kong finished in dead last with no wins, scoring just ten goals in five games while allowing 40. The team has never made it out of the Division III in their history, so the loss didn’t show many signs of progress.

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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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