BELGIUM INTERNATIONALLY IN THE 1990's
1990 - C-Pool in Budapest (Hungary)
Not much to cheer about. Belgium only won one game. It came against North Korea
(6-1). "Good enough" for 7th place.
The other games where Belgium played fairly well was in the 0-3 loss to South Korea
and 3-5 loss to Bulgaria. The only positive thing for Belgium was that their great
defenseman Mike Pellegrims was voted as the best defenseman of the tournament.
Jan van Beveren had 10 points (9+1) and Pellegrims 2+5. Bart Roels also had 2+5.
1991 - D-Pool in Copenhagen and Brondby (Denmark)
This time the result was even more depressing. Belgium lost all seven games and
finished with a dismal goal difference (11-101).
The only game were they didn't allow ten or more goals was against North Korea
(2-7). Belgium's best scorer was center Walter Stappaerts who got 4 points (4+0) in
8 games. Aldo van Der Aker had 2 points (2+0) in only 4 games.
Defenseman Tim Vos and Yourie Steylen both had 2 points (1+1) in 8 games.
Poor goalie Luc van Walle faced a barrage of shots,he was bombarded with 425 shots
in less than 8 games.
1992 - C-Pool in Humberside (Great Britain)
In 1992 the C-Pool World Championships was divided into two groups one was held
in Humberside (Great Britain) and the other one was held in Johannesburg (South
Africa). The group in Johannesburg was basically a D-Pool WC.
Belgium played in Humberside and finished 5th out of the 6 teams that participated.
Belgium beat both Korean teams,North Korea 5-4 and South Korea 6-4.
The highest scorer on the Belgian team was center Aldo Van Aker who collected 8
points (6+2) in 5 games. But the best player on the Belgian squad was without a
doubt defenseman Mike Pellegrims who scored 7 points (2+5) in 5 games which made him
the highest scoring defenseman in the tournament together with three others.. The
same Pellegrims was voted as the best defender during the 1990 D-Pool WC.
1993 - C-Pool in Ljubljana and Bled (Slovenia)
Belgium did a pretty solid job,except for the huge losses to Ukraine and Latvia
(2-37 resp. 3-26). They beat Korea 5-3 and Israel 8-5.
Belgium finished 8th among the 12 teams.
Belgium's best player was once again defenseman Mike Pellegrims who collected
7 points (2+5) in only 3 games. he was clearly better then all of his teammates and
one of the best defenseman in the whole tournament. The scoring king on the Belgian
team was Bart Veulemans with 8 points (3+5) in 5 games. And most goals on the team
was scored by Aldo van den Aker who bulged the twine five times in five games.
Goaltending was a concern for Belgium. Raf Melis yielded 37 pucks to Ukraine which
Resulted in him watching the rest of the tournament from the bench.
1994 - C-Pool (Group B) in Barcelona (Spain)
So in 1994 Belgium went to Barcelona to play.
This time the World Championships C-Pool was divided into two groups.
Belgium was placed in the 2nd group called the C 2-Pool. (which in real terms was the
D- Pool). And in this C 2-Pool the eight teams were divided into two groups from where
the two best teams in each group made the "promotion round" battling it out for the "ticket"
to the C 1 - Pool. Belgium almost made it to the final four in that C 2 -Pool. But they lost the
deciding game to South Korea 2-3. The poor Belgians lost that game thanks to the
referee who disallowed two correct Belgian goals. Belgium argued frantically,
especially pointing out to the directoriat that there wasn't any goal judge behind
the Korean goal. If the goal judge who supposed to be there took one of the famous
Spanish fiestas (breaks) is something that forever will remain a mystery.
In the consolation group Belgium finished first after beating Israel 5-2 and
Australia 5-3. This gave them a 5th place among the 8 teams in the C 2 -Pool
Bob Moris Jr. made his international debut in style finishing in 8th place in the
scoring race, getting 9 points (5+4) in 5 games. He was creating a lot of chances with
his nifty stickhandling. The second best scorer on the team was Walter Stappaerts who
got 7 points (4+3) in 5 games followed by defenseman Tim Vos with 6 points (4+2)
in 5 games. Another good performance came from Luc Van Walle who finished with a
decent 2,87 GAA. Unfortunately for Belgium they had to play without their best player,
Mike Pellegrims who turned down the invitation. He was physically and mentally drained
after having played in the Dutch league finals with his team Geelen.
1995 - C-Pool (Group B) in Johannesburg (South Africa)
In 1995 it was once again divided in a C 1 and C 2 -Pools.
Belgium still was in the C 2 -Pool. The Belgian teams performance was like a roller
coaster in the tournament. They lost only 2-8 to the Lithuanians and 1-4 to Spain.
They beat Australia 10-2 and then played their worst game of the tournament tying
Greece 5-5 despite outshooting them 88-18.
In the consolation group they once again finished first for a 5th place (among 10
teams). In the consolation group they beat South Africa 10-1 and lost to Israel 2-7.
Unfortunately Mike Pellegrims once again was unavailable because he was busy
playing playoff hockey in Holland.
Bob Moris Jr. was the best scorer on the Belgian team with 13 points (7+6) in 6 games
which was good enough for another top 10 finish in the scoring race (6th place).
In Pellegrims absence the fiery redheaded defenseman Tim Vos had to carry a lot of the
load and did it well. He had 6 points (1+5) in 6 games.
1996 - D-Pool in Elektrénai and Kaunas (Lithuania)
This time the C 1 and C 2-Pool nonsense was dropped. Now it was simply the D-Pool.
Belgium didn't have their two best players in defenseman Mike Pellegrims and Center
Bob Moris Jr. This hurt their offensive play a lot, mainly their powerplay.
Pellegrims was playing playoff hockey with his French club Brest and Moris was
They lost 2-11 to Lithuania but won 3-2 against Bulgaria and 5-0 against Israel.
Especially the win against Bulgaria was pleasant because it was the first time ever
that Belgium managed to beat them.
The two wins in the group got Belgium into the final four group.
They lost 2-5 to Yugoslavia and 1-6 to Spain,which left them in 4th place among the 8
teams. Despite playing without their two best players Belgium did pretty well,mostly
thanks to the trainer Jos Lejeune (who used to represent Belgium as a player) he put
heavy emphasis on defense. Their most successful player point wise was Koen
Hermans who got 4 points (1+3) in 5 games. The best goalscorer was Phillipe Colls
who had 3 goals in 5 games.
However the best player was the veteran defenseman Tim Vos who appeared in his 8th
World Championship tournament. He chipped in with 2 goals and played some solid
Belgium won the Fair Play Cup for being the least penalized team in the tournament.
1997 - D-Pool in Canillo (Andorra)
It was the first time ever that a tournament was held in the tiny country of Andorra.
Not unexpectedly did Belgium miss their two best players once again,both Moris and
Pellegrims. Mike Pellegrims was now playing in the German league for Mannheim and
helped them win the German league,the year before that he helped the French club
Brest win the French championship and the years before that he took his Dutch club
Geleen to a couple of finals.
Belgium once again played well defensively only yielding 16 goals in 5 games,
which for them are numbers almost unheard of. Too bad that their offence once
again was non existent. They lost 1-4 to Korea,beat Croatia 2-1 in their best game
of the tournament. Then they beat Australia 4-2. They finished with 4 points,the
same as Korea and Croatia but had the worst goal difference which left them in third
place and a spot in the relegation group.
While there, they lost to Bulgaria 2-4 and to Israel 3-5. This ment that Belgium
finished last among the 8 teams. Not good at all, and much of this had to do with the
absence of Pellegrims and Moris. At that level Pellegrims and Moris were so good that they
alone would probably have got Belgium to a 5th or 6th place.
Ten of the players on the roster were from the Belgian champs Phantom Deuvre, five
were active in Holland and one in France.
Tim Vos was once again the anchor on the defense and the whole team. (1+2 in 5
games). Belgium's best point getter was Krist van den Broeck who got 4 points (1+3) in
1998 - D-Pool in Krugersdorp and Pretoria (South Africa)
The arrival to South Africa could have been better. Only 25% of the luggage arrived.
so five players had no equipment and ten had no clothes.It took several days before
the lost luggage arrived.
Fve of the players had to train with borrowed equipment. One of the goalies got sick and
couldn't train. Despite the problems Belgium beat the home team South Africa 5-2.
After that Greece was downed 14-2, before Belgium lost 3-5 to Israel despite outshooting
them 38-17. A 0-4 loss to Bulgaria and a 5-1 win against Australia put Belgium in 4th place.
Belgium's best player was Canadian Gil Paelinck who made his debut for the national
team. He was 6'0" and a solid 209 lbs. His experience and smart play proved to be valuable.
He had 10 points (7+3) in 5 games and finished 7th overall in scoring.
Koen Hermans had 8 points (5+3) in 5 games and Joris Peussens had 7 points (5+2) in
1999 – D-Pool in Krugersdorp (South Africa)
Once again the D-Pool tournament was held in South Africa.
Belgium played in the C-Group together with Israel and Iceland.
They beat Iceland 14-0 but lost to Israel 2-6.
In the battle for 4th place, Belgium beat South Africa 6-1 and New Zealand 10-2.
Kristoff van den Broeck led the team with 10 points (6+4) and his brother had a tournament
leading 0.69 GAA and a 95,92 save %. Tim Vos had a tournament leading +14 rating.
BELGIUM INTERNATIONALLY 2000-
2000 – D-Pool in Reykjavik (Iceland)
Belgium played in group C together with Mexico (5-0) and South Africa (10-1).
Then in the final round for they beat Australia 7-3 and tied Israel 1-1.
Belgium finished second after Israel due to a worse goal differential.
Since the divisions were restructured for the next season it didn’t matter who finished among
the top seven teams. Six players had their club address in Holland and one in Canada.
34-year old Canadian Gil Paelinck was the oldest player on the team. He was also the teams
top scorer with 9 points (7+2), good for 4th place overall.
Tim Vos had 3+3 and Jesse Raekelboom had 1+5.
Goaltender Björn Steylen turned in a stellar performance with a tournament leading 1,29 GAA
and 95,61 save %.
2001 – Division II Group B in Bucharest (Romania)
The team finished fifth out of the six teams.
Belgium lost to Israel 1-5, tied Yugoslavia 4-4, lost to Romania 1-6 and Bulgaria 4-5,
before winning against Mexico 13-0.
Top scorer on the team was Czech born (Uherske Hradiste) Jan Jurceka with 10 points (6+4)
which was good for 5th overall in the tournament. He was followed by Gil Paelinck with
9 points (7+2).
2002 – Division II Group A in Cape Town (South Africa)
Played in beautiful Cape Town, Belgium had a good tournament, finishing second, only behind
the strong Estonian team. The Belgians finally had Mike Pellegrims on the team again.
He played his club hockey in Germany (Düsseldorfer EG) at that time.
They also had two Canadians in Gil Paelinck and Ian Baele.
Jan Jurceka was once again the best scorer on the team. He had 7+4 and finished 4th overall in
scoring. Tim Vos had 4+4, Joris Peusens 4+4, Koen Hermans 3+5, Philippe Cools 5+1,
Gil Paelinck 3+2 and Mike Pellegrims 2+3.
2003 – Division II Group B in Sofia (Bulgaria)
Veterans Mike Pellegrims, Gil Paelinck, Tim Vos and Jan Jurceka, the four oldest players on the
Team helped Belgium getting promoted to Division I. It was a sweet victory for Belgium who
finally won a championship tournament.
Defenseman Mike Pellegrims was head and shoulders above all the players in the championship.
He scored a tournament leading 13 points (4+9), five more than runner-up Jan Jurceka (4+4).
Tim Vos had 1+6. Pellegrims and Jurceka had a tournament best +9.
Belgium had a strong powerplay, scoring on 40% of their opportunities.
2004 – Division I Group A in Oslo (Norway)
The competition was naturally much stronger in Division I. Belgium lost the opening game
0-10 against Belarus, but they played well for the first two periods, only trailing 0-2.
Then in the next game against Hungary, they played well once again. It was 4-4 after two
periods until Hungary scored two more goals in the third. They spent too much energy in these
first two games and went on to lose against Holland 2-11, Norway 1-11 and Great Britain 0-6.
It came as no surprise to anyone that Belgium got relegated.
Maxime Schuchewytsch who played in France led the team with 4 points (3+1).
Jesse Raekelboom had 3+0, Jan Jurceka 0+3 and Mike Pellegrims 0+2.
Vincent Morgan won 71,43% of his faceoffs, leading all players in that category.
2005 – Division II Group B in Belgrade (Serbia & Montenegro)
Once again Belgium was playing in the Division II group. They finished 4th after an uneventful
tournament. In the opening game they beat Iceland 4-3 in front of 50 people with Koen Hermans
netting the winning goal with 50 seconds left of the game. In the second game they beat Spain 2-1.
But after that they lost three games in a row, 4-7 against Israel, 1-3 against Korea and 2-5 against
Serbia & Montenegro. Jeroen Kustermans had 3+2, Koen Hermans 3+1 and Finnish born
Sami Lipsonen 0+4.
2006 – Division II Group A in Sofia (Bulgaria)
The team finished in 3rd place behind Romania and the surprise team Bulgaria.
Belgium lost to Romania 2-4, got a 2-2 tie with Serbia & Montenegro, before beating
South Africa 7-0. They also beat Spain 4-0 and managed to tie Bulgaria 4-4.
Veteran blueliner Tim Vos led the team with 0+6 ahead of Jan Mertens with 2+3.
Björn Steylen in goal had a 2,00 GAA and a 90,38 save %.
2007 – Division II Group A in Zagreb (Croatia)
Belgium had a few new players on the team and did very well with them.
The team had a tough opening game against Croatia, losing 4-13. Then they beat Bulgaria
6-0 after a well performed game, outshooting the Bulgarians 54-16.
Belgium also beat Serbia & Montenegro 2-1 and Spain 3-2 in two tightly contested games.
They finished the tournament with an easy 10-2 victory over Turkey and finished second in the
tournament behind home team Croatia. Tim Vos played in his 17th world championship tournament.
Dries Steijnen had 3+7, Björn Nuyts 4+1 and Seppe Sysmans 3+2.