Ep. 41: The mysterious, possibly shady Junior Goodwill Games qualifying process

May 13, 2015 1:20 am Published by 1 Comment

Mike, Tommy and Kevin look at the qualfying process for the hockey portion of the Junior Goodwill Games. They break down how non-traditional powers Trinidad and Tobago and Iceland qualified and introduce a new feature, the #QuackQuestion.


Show notes:

The full list of teams:


The 2014 Olympics had the 9 top teams in the IIHF World Ranking automatically qualify and the rest of the teams played a tournament to determine the final three teams.

Cool Runnings came out on October 3, 1993.

We talked about Iceland in Episode 2.

The Ivan Hlinka Tournament actually has no bearing on the rankings of the next World Juniors because the Ivan Hlinka is unsanctioned by the IIHF. The U18 World Championships have a much bigger bearing on the rankings.

We talked about Don Tibbles’ marketing prowess in Episode 21.

The United States won bronze in Olympic basketball in 2004.

The demographics of Iceland, Sweden, USA, Trindad and Tobago, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Denmark, Canada. I will not list all the info here. You can click the links.

Italy has a prime minister and a president. The president is the head of state, and he names the Prime Minister. The President of Italy in 1994 was Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. He was succeeded by Carlo Azeglio Ciamp who was succeeded by Giorgio Napolitano who was succeeded by the the current president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.

You can write the bios yourself.

Hungary is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Japan’s best result in International Competition came in 1930, when they finished sixth in the world championship. The 1930 Japan men’s ice hockey national team roster is not available.

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  • Luke says:

    I think the Goodwill Games qualifying process is like the Little League World Series qualifying process in that there has to be a certain amount of teams in each region. In order for a certain region to be represented, they have to have X number of teams that play in their region. So Trinidad and Tobago represented the combined region of Central/South America since there aren’t that many teams in that region. Then Africa and Asia don’t have enough teams to make their own regions so they have to try to qualify through Europe and they don’t make it.

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