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Old 05-13-2007, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default IIHF announces awards, '08 groups

The IIHF Directorate announced its winners for the 2007 World Championship.

The tournament MVP is: Rick Nash (CAN)

BEST GOALIE--Kari Lehtonen (FIN)

BEST DEFENSEMAN--Andrei Markov (RUS)

BEST FORWARD--Alexei Morozov (RUS)

The media All-Star Team was also announced:

Goal: Kari Lehtonen (FIN)

Defense: Petteri Nummelin (FIN), Andrei Markov (RUS)

Forward: Alexei Morozov (RUS), Evgeni Malkin (RUS), Rick Nash (CAN)

Total attendance for the 56 games in Mytischi and Moscow was 330,708.

There were no new Triple Gold Club members added as a result of Canada's gold medal victory today.

The updated World Ranking for the top 16 teams looks like this:

01. Sweden
02. Canada
03. Finland
04. Czech Republic
05. Russia
06. Slovakia
07. USA
08. Switzerland
09. Belarus
10. Latvia
11. Germany
12. Denmark
13. Italy
14. Norway
15. Slovenia
16. France

The groups for Canada 2008 have now been finalized. Groups B and C will play in Halifax and Groups A and D will play in Quebec City:

Group A
Sweden
Switzerland
Belarus
France

Group B
Canada
USA
Latvia
Slovenia

Group C
Finland
Slovakia
Germany
Norway

Group D
Czech Republic
Russia
Denmark
Italy



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Default Next Year's Groups From Division I-III

Division I Group A
Austria
Poland
Kazakhstan
Great Britain
The Netherlands
South Korea

Division I Group B
Ukraine
Hungary
Japan
Estonia
Lithuania
Croatia

Division II Group A
Romania
Australia
Spain
Iceland
Bulgaria
Ireland

Division II Group B
China
Belgium
Israel
Serbia
Mexico
New Zealand

Division III
Turkey
North Korea
Luxembourg
South Africa
Mongolia
IIHF may add another team to Division 3. Armenia has been Suspened for 2 years.

2008
IIHF World Championship Division I, Group A: Innsbruck, Austria

IIHF World Championship Division I, Group B: Sapporo, Japan

IIHF World Championship Division II, Group A: Brasov/Miercurea Ciuc, Romania

IIHF World Championship Division II, Group B: Newcastle, Australia

IIHF World Championship Division III: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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