By: Adam Gretz
The IIHF Division III World Hockey Championship took place in Cape Town, South Africa back in the middle of April, and featured notable hockey super powers Greece, Israel, Luxembourg, Mongolia, South Africa and Turkey. Chances are, you probably didn't catch much of the action. In case you didn't, Israel ended up finishing in the top spot of the lower division tournament with a 4-1-0 record -- and outscoring its opponents by an absurd 57-9 margin -- earning itself a promotion to the Division II level in 2012. Its largest victory was a 26-2 dismantling of Greece on April 15.
Leading the way for Israel was a forward by the name of Eliezer Sherbatov, who finished as the tournaments top scorer with 14 goals and 16 assists in the five games. He also scored what had to be the best goal of the tournament. Be sure to follow the bouncing puck...
Again, this play happened back in April, but because it was the lowest level in the IIHF, involving the weakest hockey nations, it went relatively unnoticed and is only now starting to make the rounds(we found it thanks to the Twitter feed of Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette when he retweeted it). This particular video wasn't uploaded to YouTube until July 9.
It doesn't matter what level you're playing at or who you're playing against, that type of play takes quite a bit of skill.
Sherbatov has played the past two years in the QMJHL, splitting the 2010-11 season with the Montreal Juniors and Bale-Comeau Drakkar, scoring six goals in 58 games.