The Icelandic national team in men’s ice hockey ended up in fourth place in Group A in the Ice Hockey World Championship – Division II, which ended in Laugardalur, Reykjavík, on Wednesday. This is the team’s best achievement so far.
Iceland lost its fifth and last game against Croatia 1-5. Croatia was considered the strongest team before the games but had to make do with the bronze, while with the gold Estonia earned a seat in the top division from where it was relegated last year, Morgunblaðið reports. Spain earned the silver.
Iceland has never competed in such a strong group before and is considered to have improved considerably. The team has, for example, never beat Serbia before and Iceland’s victory over New Zealand knocked the latter team down to Group B.
Ice hockey is a young sport in Iceland; the national team first competed in the World Championship in 1999 and now places 32nd in the world ranking. Further improvements are expected as most of the team’s players are in their early twenties or younger.
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