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Preview 2024 WW1A Klagenfurt, Austria

Preview 2024 WW1A Klagenfurt, Austria

Netherlands beat Norway 6-3 last year in Shenzen (China). Both teams will face each other again in April 2024 in Klagenfurt, Austria.

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Barely has the confetti settled in what was a spectacular end to the 2024 IIHF Women´s World Championship in Utica. Eager to join in on next year´s party, six national teams are now set to compete at the 2024 IIHF Women´s World Championship Division I Group A in Austria´s Klagenfurt played between 21-27 April.

The top two advance to the 2025 IIHF Women´s World Championship in Ceske Budejovice, Czechia. The bottom-placed team will be demoted to Division IB for 2025.

In alphabetic order, here is what to look out for from the participating teams.

Austria

Third time’s a charm for Austria? On the two previous occasions Austria hosted this tournament in 2009 and 2017, they finished fourth respective second. Head coach Alexander Broms has built a solid defensive unit starting right from the back with Selma Luggin, selected as the top goaltender in WW1A last year. Goalscoring seems to be an issue at times, but the return of Anna Meixner will boost last year´s bronze medalists´ offense and overall prospects considerably.

France

With zero points on the board and potting just five goals in Brampton last year, France returns to WW1A eager to seal an instant return to the world´s elite. In Klagenfurt, there will be no shortage of attacking prowess on the team. Estelle Duvin has enjoyed a rich vein of goal-scoring form in Switzerland, Chloe Aurard joined up from PWHL while Clara Rozier lifted back-to-back Finnish titles and was selected as the playoff MVP this season.

Hungary

Another contender aiming to bounce straight back to the top division is Hungary. Having trained together since 1 April, head coach Pat Cortina has shuffled his pack a bit from last year adding new faces to the roster. While last season´s captain Fanni Garat-Gasparics representing PWHL´s Ottawa is out due to injury, eight other North American-based players will be present. Eager to finish on a high will be the six skaters representing HK Budapest, following a final series loss ending a dynasty of five consecutive title wins in the European Women’s Hockey League.

Korea

The legacy of competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics is starting to bear fruit as a new exciting Korean generation is coming through. Six teenagers skated for Korea when racing through Division 1B undefeated on…

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