Slovenia will join Austria to the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship thanks to a 3-1 win against their neighbours after Japan missed to beat Hungary.
The teams play a single round-robin series. Each teams plays each opponent once. The first two winning teams of the event will be promoted to the Top Division. The last-ranked team will be relegated to Division I Group B.
Three Point System
For all games points shall be awarded as follows:
- 3 points for the winning team at the conclusion of regulation time
- 1 point for both teams at the conclusion of regulation time if the game is tied
- An additional point earned for the team winning the game in a 5-minute overtime period, or the Game Winning Shots Procedure if the teams are still tied following conclusion of the overtime period
- 0 points for the team losing the game in regulation time
If a game is tied at the end of regulation time, a five-minute overtime period shall be played immediately after an intermission of three minutes. The teams will defend the same goals as in the third period. The game will end when the five minutes has expired or when a goal is scored; the scoring team will be declared the winner. If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Game Winning Shots Procedure will apply. All overtime periods of any IIHF game shall be played with each team at the numerical strength of four (4) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.
Game Winning Shots Procedure
If no goal is scored in the overtime period then the Game Winning Shots (GWS) procedure will apply. The following procedure will be utilized:
- Three different shooters from each team will take alternate shots, until a decisive goal is scored.
- If the game is still tied after three shots by each team, the GWS will continue with a tie-break shoot out by one player of each team, with a reversed shooting order.
- The same or new players can take the tie-break shots. The same player can also be used for each shot by a team in the tie-break shoot-out.
- Only the decisive goal will count in the result of the game.
- Shots will be taken at both ends of the ice. The area of the ice to be used will be dry scraped.
- A coin toss will determine which team takes the first shot, with the winner of the toss having the choice whether his team will shoot first or second.
- Any player whose penalty was not over when overtime ended cannot take the shots and must stay in the penalty box or in the dressing room.
- Once named, players may only be replaced in the event of injury or penalty.
- The substitute stand-by player is placed last in the shooting order.
- The goalkeepers will defend the same goal, as determined by the Referee.
- The goalkeepers from each team may be changed after each shot.
- The players of both teams will take the shots alternately until a decisive goal is scored.
- The decisive goal will be credited to the player who scored and to the goalkeeper concerned.
Tie breaking formula
The tie-breaking system for two teams with the same number of points in a standing will be the game between the two teams, the winner of the game taking precedence.
Due to the fact that the three-point system does not allow a game to end in a tie, then the following tie breaking procedure is applicable when three or more teams are tied in points in a Championship standing.
Should three or more teams be tied on points, then a tie breaking formula will be applied as follows, creating a sub-group amongst the tied teams. This process will continue until only two or none of the teams remain tied. In the case of two tied teams remaining, the game between the two would then be the determining tie-breaker as the game could not end as a tie. In the case of none of the teams being tied, the criteria specified in the respective step applies.
Taking into consideration the games between each of the tied teams, a sub-group is created applying the points awarded in the direct games amongst the tied teams from which the teams are then ranked accordingly.
Should three or more teams still remain tied in points then the better goal difference in the direct games amongst the tied teams will be decisive.
Should three or more teams still remain tied in points and goal difference then the highest number of goals scored by these teams in their direct games will be decisive
Should three or more teams still remain tied in points, goal difference and goals scored then the results between each of the three teams and the closest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied. In this case the tied team with the best result (1. points, 2. goal difference, 3. more goals scored) against the closest best ranked-team will take precedence
Should the teams still remain tied, then the results between each of the three teams and the next highest best-ranked team outside the sub-group will be applied.
Should the teams still remain tied after these five steps have been exercised then Sport considerations will be applied and the teams will be ranked by their positions coming into the Championship (seeding).
Note: If not all mutual games have been played yet in an ongoing tournament, the tied teams will be ranked in the standings according to the following criteria: 1. Lower number of games played, 2. Goal difference, 3. Goals scored, 4. Positions coming into the Championship.
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Teams can have up to 22 players on their rosters at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.
- The teams submit the names of the participating players at the first Championship Directorate.
- The maximum number of players allowed on a Team Registration Form at the beginning of the World Championship is 20 skaters and 2 goalies. The minimum is 15 skaters and 2 goalies.
- At the first Directorate meeting, the teams must name at least the minimum number of 15 skaters and 2 goalkeepers. The players entered must be present at the championship venue by the time of the Directorate meeting.
- The remaining players up to the allowed maximum of 20 + 2 must be submitted for players' control two hours before any of the following championship games. Players can be added throughout the tournament until the roster is full.
- During a game, a team may enter (dress) 20 skaters and 2 goalkeepers on the Official Game Sheet, with the emergency goalkeeper standing by if a goalie entered to the Official Game Sheet is unable to play.
To play in the IIHF World Championship, the Olympic ice hockey tournament and the qualifications to these competitions, players must fulfill the following qualification requirements:
- Each player must be under the jurisdiction of an IIHF member national association
- Each player must be a citizen of the country he represents.
Acquiring a new national eligibility (The ‘two-year’ case)
When a player has changed his citizenship or has acquired another citizenship and wants to participate for the first time in an IIHF competition representing his new country he must:
- Prove that he has participated for at least two consecutive years in the national competitions of his new country during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country.
- Have an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least two years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.
Change of national eligibility (The ‘four-year’ case)
A player, who has previously participated in IIHF competition, can switch national eligibility (but only once in a player's life) if:
- He is a citizen of the new country of his choice.
- He has participated for at least four consecutive years in the national competitions of his new country, during which period he has neither transferred to another country nor played ice hockey within any other country and has not played for his previous country in an IIHF competition during this four year period.
- He has an international transfer card (ITC) that shows the transfer to the national competition of his new country and which was approved and dated at least four years before the start of the IIHF competition in which he wishes to participate.
The Goyang Ice Rink is part of Goyang Eollimnuri – a complex dedicated to all spheres of culture and sports. It has two international-size ice sheets and hosts the home games of High1, one of the three Korean teams that compete in the Asia League.
The ice rink was opened in 2005 and has a capacity for 3,400 fans.
Goyang is located about 30 minutes north of Seoul, Korea’s capital and largest city – and is populated by 967,793 citizens.
Goyang City is becoming one of the 21st century’s representative cities in Korea that is based on time-honoured history and tradition.
It’s also home to the Bukhansanseong Fortress, the Heungguksa Temple and the Seooreung Royal Tombs.
Goyang is famous with International Flower Foundation, and becoming the centre of international trade with an annual exhibition in early April. Annually in October, the Goyang Lake Art Festival is held in the city.
Goyang hosts ice hockey games of the Asia League and also hosted the 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey A Pool World Championships in its 3,400-seat arena. The 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A will be the first IIHF event at the rink.
Being the largest facilities for trade fair in Korea, KINTEX is a Mecca for Korean exhibition industry equipped with transportation, communication and cutting-edge business infrastructures. KINTEX has successfully hosted biggest trade fair like Seoul Motor Show and placed itself in a position of world-class international exhibition facilities representing Korea.
Il San Lake Park
Il San Lake Park is an eco-friendly park where can enjoy beautiful sceneries all around the year, the best of its kind in the whole metropolitan area for rest and sightseeing. The park is also the venue for colourful festivals like International Horticulture.
Tourist attractions around Goyang
The famous Korean pop song and YouTube hit “Gangnam style” could be considered as part of the Korean Wave. Gangnam is mainly a commercial area in Seoul located south of the Han river. The area is young, trendy, affluent and visitors are more than likely to spot a celebrity.
Myeongdong is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. Reachable by subway to Myeongdong (line 4) or Euljiro Il-ga (line 2).
Paju Premium Outlets
Paju Premium Outlets is the second luxury premium outlet in Korea and is known for having the largest number of individual brand stores in the country.
Imjingak, located 7 kilometres from the Military Demarcation Line, is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean conflict. Tourist who want to tour Dorasan observatory and the 3rd tunnel, have to have a passport and make a reservation in advance at the DMZ ticket box located in the Imjingak parking lot.
Korea has a reputation as a land of typical four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. In April, it can be cool in morning and warm in the afternoon. They daytime temperatures reaches 15 to 20°C (59-68℉).
Tickets for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in Goyang, Korea, are now on sale.
Day tickets including three games are available for 20,000 won (approx. €14 excl. service fee), single-game tickets involving the Korean national team cost 10,000 to 15,000 won and single-game tickets for other games 7,000 won.
In order to purchase a ticket, you need to create an account and login with an e-mail address and password.
The 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A will be broadcast in following countries:
- Austria: ORF
- Czech Republic: Sport1
- Hungary: Sport1
- Korea: SBS Korea
- Romania: Sport1
- Slovakia: Sport1
- Slovenia: Sport TV
- Ukraine: XSport
Accreditation for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A in Goyang, Korea, can be requested until 5 April 2014.
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Please send the accreditation form to email@example.com and for radio/TV/video requests at the address indicated in the form.
The dedicated hotel for media representatives is The MVL Hotel KINTEX. Click here for the booking form.
Austria v Slovenia (1-3)
Hungary v Japan (5-4 SO)
Hungary concludes this year's Division I with a 5-4 shootout win against Japan. The result brings Austria back to the top division while Japan can only hope for a Slovenian loss after missing the opportunity on earning promotion on its own.
Korea v Ukraine (2-8)
Ukraine defeated host Korea 8-2 for the second win at the tournament and a fourth-place finish for the promoted team.
Japan v Korea (4-2)
For the first time since coming down to Division I in 2005 Japan will play for promotion. Korea will be relegated to Division I Group B after the 4-2 loss.
Hungary v Austria (4-5 OT)
Austria remains undefeated after beating Hungary 5-4 in overtime. The Magyars meanwhile are out of the promotion race since they needed a regulation-time win.
Slovenia v Ukraine (5-3)
Slovenia kept it hopes for promotion alive and defeated Ukraine 5-3 before its final game against undefeated Austria on Saturday at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A. Slovenia dominated the beginning but Ukraine came back with three power-play goals.
Austria v Korea (7-4)
It was a shocker of a score when Korea led 3-0 against odds-on favourite Austria after nine minutes but the "eagles" turned the score to 5-4 before the first intermission and won 7-4 to top the tournament standings.
Ukraine v Japan (2-3)
Japan and Ukraine have surprised in this tournament but only one team could win on Wednesday and it was Japan thanks to Takuro Yamashita's late 3-2 game-winner.
Slovenia v Hungary (2-0)
Slovenia had a slow start into the tournament against Japan but earned the second win in a row, 2-0 against Hungary, at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A. 20-year-old goalkeeper Luka Gracnar, who was in the net against Korea and today against Hungary, already earned his second shutout in his second game.