Bangkok 2022: Great Britain reign supreme

Kazakhstan and France take silver and bronze while hosts Thailand finish in fifth place at World Para Ice Hockey Championships C-Pool 13 Dec 2022
Great Britain outscored their opponents throughout the Bangkok 2022 World Para Ice Hockey C’ships to advance to the B-Pool.
Great Britain outscored their opponents throughout the Bangkok 2022 World Para Ice Hockey C’ships to advance to the B-Pool.
ⒸThai Para Ice Hockey And Wheelchair Curling Association / WPIH
By Stuart Lieberman l For World Para Ice Hockey

Great Britain had a dominating showing to finish undefeated in the third edition of the World Para Ice Hockey Championships C-Pool, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 6 to 11 December.

In the final round-robin game, Great Britain crushed Kazakhstan 6-0 after they have outscored Thailand, France and Austria in their previous games. Kazakhstan claimed the silver with three wins in four games while the bronze was taken by France winning two out of four matches in the competition. 

Austria finished fourth in the standings, followed by host nation Thailand in the C-Pool Worlds, hosted by the Sports Associated for the Disabled of Thailand.

In winning the round-robin style tournament, Great Britain also advanced to the B-Pool for the next season.

Great Britain’s Gary Farmer led all scorers in Bangkok with 16 points, including 11 goals and five assists, while his teammate Tyler Christopher was second with 13 points, including eight goals and five assists. 

Kazakhstan’s Zhanibektarkhan Bexultan was third overall and the top defender on the scoring list with 11 points, including six goals and five assists. 

Meanwhile, Austria’s Timo Ropp was named the tournament’s Best Forward, leading his team with three goals and an assist, while Great Britain’s Jamie Hutchcraft was the Best Defenceman with two assists and stellar play on the defensive front. 

France’s Laurent Blavette was selected as the Best Goaltender after racking up 52 saves and a save percentage of 78.79.

This was the first time the event was held in Asia, after previously being held in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2016 and Vierumaki, Finland in 2018.

Below is the full list of results from the round-robin event, which marked the first World Para Ice Hockey sanctioned event for France, Kazakhstan and Thailand.

6 December 
France 3, Austria 1
Great Britain 11, Thailand 0

7 December 
Great Britain 7, France 0
Kazakhstan 7, Thailand 0

8 December 
Kazahkstan 10, France 0
Great Britain 7, Austria 0

10 December 
Kazakhstan 9, Austria 2
France 2, Thailand 0

11 December 
Great Britain 6, Kazakhstan 0
Austria 5, Thailand 0