Championship behind the scenes

VIDEO: Backstage look at a junior tournament

It’s the time of the year when many IIHF championships begin, starting in the men’s U20 and women’s tournaments at various levels from the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada to the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B Qualification in Chinese Taipei.

What do the events look like? You may have a glimpse from top events you may have visited or seen on TV or behind-the-scenes videos like this one from the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic with stars, huge arenas, world-famous cities and millions of fans following.

But what does it look like at the many lower-division events? What needs to be done to organize such tournaments that happen away from the spotlight of the big hockey nations in many other of the 77 IIHF member countries?

The Romanian Ice Hockey Federation and the organizers in Brasov documented what happened around the rink during the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A last spring where Poland earned promotion ahead of host Romania, Lithuania, Great Britain, Croatia and the Netherlands.

Check out the action on and off the ice and what players, coaches, staff and volunteers say in this 14-minute documentary soon before the first international championships of the season begin this Sunday.

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