Poland have secured promotion to the top tier of men’s ice hockey after a hiatus of more than two decades.

Source: Polskie Raido

The Polish team finished runner-up, behind hosts Great Britain, at the championship, which was held in Nottingham  from April 29 to May 5th

The Polish men’s national ice hockey team won four matches in the tournament, defeating Lithuania 7-0, Italy 4-2, South Korea 7-0, and Romania 6-2, according to the Polish Ice Hockey Federation (PZHL).

The Poles, coached by  Slovak Robert Kalaber , lost to Great Britain 4-5 in extra time, the Polish Ice Hockey Federation said.

The Polish team went into the tournament  ranked 22nd in the world by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Poland are returning  to the elite pool after a hiatus of more than two decades, news outlets reported.

“It’s really amazing,” said  Poland captain Krystian Dziubiński. “I’ve been waiting for Poland to go back to the top division since I was a kid.”

Forward Alan  Ł yszczarczyk said:  “It’s awesome. I’ve been working for this my whole life. We all have. Now the dream has come true for everyone.”

Poland will face off against the likes of Canada, the  United States, Sweden and Finland at next year’s  IIHF Ice  Hockey World Championship in Czechia.