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- Austria goes with Bader After a after a board meeting the Austrian Ice Hockey Association confirmed Roger Bader as men’s national team coach for the remainder of the season.
- Vay to Go Adam Vay's start against Finland at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship opened a lot of eyes, even those of his head coach.
- Donbass back on Euro stage Much has changed since HC Donbass last played in the Continental Cup, but the champion of Ukraine is making a welcome return to the competition it won in 2013.
- Part of the change Kisung Kim has seen a lot of positive change in Korean hockey as the federation prepares for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on home ice in PyeongChang.
The teams play a single round-robin series. Each teams plays each opponent once. The first two winning teams of the event will be promoted to the Top Division. The last-ranked team will be relegated to Division I Group B.
Teams can have up to 22 players on their rosters at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A.
The 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A will take place at the Palace of Sports.