Ukraine Promoted to Division I Group A

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The 2024 IIHF World Championship Division I Group B came to an exhilarating end in Vilnius as Ukraine triumphed over the host nation, Lithuania, with a commanding 4-1 victory. This remarkable win not only sealed Ukraine’s dominance in the group but also paved the way for their promotion to Division I Group A next season. After a long wait of seven years, Ukraine will finally make a comeback to the second flight, showcasing their prowess on the international ice hockey stage.

Ukraine’s performance was nothing short of impressive as they showcased their superiority in each match, leaving their competitors struggling to keep up. The team’s cohesive gameplay and strong offensive tactics were evident as they consistently outplayed their rivals.

It is worth noting that some of the team’s players actively participate in Ukraine’s domestic league, showcasing their skills and dedication to the sport even during challenging times. Despite the obstacles, the league continues to operate, providing a platform for these talented athletes to excel and compete.

Alexander Peresunko, the winger, emerged as the top scorer for the team, tallying an impressive 11 points on the scoreboard. Trailing closely behind was defenseman Igor Merezhko, who contributed nine points to the team’s overall performance.

 In the realm of hockey, Ukraine was once a formidable contender, leaving a lasting impact on the sport. Their remarkable streak of nine consecutive appearances in the elite division of the World Championships, from 1999 to 2007, is a testament to their skill and dedication. Although they narrowly missed out on the quarterfinals, their exceptional performance in 2002 propelled them to a commendable ninth place finish. It is worth mentioning that Coach Khristich played a pivotal role in shaping the success of this Ukrainian team.