Iran men's national ice hockey team

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Iran
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) White Lions (Persian: شیرهای سفید‎)
Association Islamic Republic of Iran Skating Federation
Head coach Vacant
Captain Shahryar Amini
Team colors          
IIHF code IRI
First international
 Macau 7–1 Iran 
(Sapporo, Japan; 18 February 2017)
Biggest win
 Iran 10–3 Indonesia 
(Sapporo, Japan; 20 February 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Turkmenistan 12–2 Iran 
(Sapporo, Japan; 23 February 2017)
International record (W–L–T)
2–2–0

The Iranian national ice hockey team (Persian: تیم ملی هاکی روی یخ ایران‎) is the national ice hockey team of Iran. The team founded in June 2016, is controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran Skating Federation, who aspires of becoming a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.[1]

History

Ice hockey in Iran

Back in the 1970s, ice hockey was played as a recreation sport by the general public at "Ice Palace" (Persian: قصر یخ‎) which was located in Pahlavi Street before Vanak Square,[2] there was also another ice rink located in Aryamehr Sport Complex which was only used for ice skating. As a result of Iranian Revolution, ice hockey and skating became banned, hence ice rinks got closed down.

Farzad Houshidari is among the first Iranians who played ice hockey abroad. Houshidari became the first player who has started ice hockey in Iran and played professionally abroad. Although there were or currently are many notable players of Iranian-origin across the globe, Daniel Rahimi, Mika Zibanejad and Rhett Rakhshani all played in the NHL, Rahimi and Zibanejad have represented Sweden in international competitions while Rakhshani represented the United States. Currently there are two players of Iranian-origin in Oman, Mustafa Hamedi[3][4] and Ali Reza Rasoli.[5] Umut Taherzadeh[6] have represented Turkey internationally. Other notable players are Mark Ardelan,[7] Ryan Mior,[8] Farzad Khojasteh[9] and Arian Ali-Zade.[10] Also a Canadian player, Calvin Crowe was born in Tehran.[11]

There are currently three Ice Rinks which are Aramis Sports Complex (Tehran),[12] Damoon Shopping Center (Kish Island)[13] and Padide Shandiz Shopping Center (Mashhad),[14][15] which were respectively opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015. There is a standard Ice Rink underconstruction in Tehran.[16]

In July 2015, Taylan Aytac from Turkey,[17][18] taught in Iran's first ice hockey workshop which was held in Aramis Sports Complex in Tehran, which was also attended by Iranian trainee-instructors Pooya Ghandali and Saman Goodarzi.[19]

On 1 October 2016, the first ice hockey match was played between two Iranian teams in a friendly in Padide Ice Rink in Mashhad, Padide defeated Khorasan Razavi 5-4.[20][21] It must be noted that both teams have been training twice a day since September 2016.[22]

National team

As of 2015, Iran decided to form a national Ice Hockey team with the intension of participating at the 2017 Asian Winter Games. A team was formed in the first quarter of 2016 after Iran made a campaign of recruiting players of Iranian heritage who live abroad. In order to fast track the creation of a national team, the coaching staff decided that it would be best to select players from the Iran national inline hockey team powered by hockey players of Iranian-origin from abroad.[23] In 2016 three national camps were held, 26–28 June in Asiago (Italy), 20–27 August in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and 21–24 December in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). In each camp players were coached by three different instructors, Christian Müller from Germany, Former Head Coach of Kyrgyzstan and Yenbek Almaty, Sergei Shavernev from Kazakhstan, and Head Coach of Dubai White Bears Troy Kahler from Canada.[24][25]

On 23 August 2016, Iran national team played its first match against a non-Iranian team. Iran won 5-4 over Kazakh team HC Almaty in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan.[26]

Iran was to participate at the 2017 Asian Winter Games, but was disqualified after a number of Iranian players were deemed ineligible to compete in the regional games. Reported concerns leading to the disqualification includes some players failing to reside in Iran for at least three years despite having Iranian heritage, and claims of some players having represented other countries.[27] The games was supposed to be the team's first tournament.[28]

The Olympic Council of Asia allowed Iran to play its scheduled games at the Asian Winter Games but the matches were considered exhibition games and results did not count in the competition standings.[27] Iran's first match against a national team was the 7–1 defeat to Macau in Sapporo, Japan. The game was supposed to be Iran's first match at the Asian Winter Games if they were not disqualified.[29] They won 10–3 in their second exhibition game against Indonesia in Sapporo.[30]

Managerial History

  • Head of Iran Ice Hockey and Inline Hockey National Teams: Iran Kaveh Sedghi 2016-2017
  • Acting Head Coach: Germany Christian Müller 2016-2017

Current Staff

  • Team Manager: vacant
  • Head Coach: vacant
  • Coach: vacant
  • Coach: vacant
  • Physical Trainer: vacant

Team

Current roster

The following 21 players have been selected for the 2017 Asian Winter Games.[31]

# Name Pos S/C Height DOB Club
35 Benjamin Ghaffari G - 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) (1997-09-13) 13 September 1997 (age 20) Sweden IK Pantern U20
31 Oveis Hassanzadeh G L Aug 1992 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
87 Schahab Aminikia D - 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) (1988-04-07) 7 April 1988 (age 30) Germany Kölner EC II
24 Maziar Ghorbani D - 1986 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
27 Jalal Keyhanfar D - Nov 1991 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
28 Mohammadreza Mahdavian +A D - 1978 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
81 Shahryar Amini +C F R 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) (1981-11-18) 18 November 1981 (age 36) Switzerland Camel Rapperswil-Jona
14 Kayan Farsad F L 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) (1996-06-25) 25 June 1996 (age 22) United States Colorado Thunderbirds
40 Saman Forotan F R 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) (1997-06-02) 2 June 1997 (age 21) Sweden Lund Giants HC
9 Hamid Gharaee F L 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) (1999-09-02) 2 September 1999 (age 18) Switzerland Gottéron U20
7 Kian Habibian F - 1999 France Club Olympique de Courbevoie
22 Hamidreza Hedayatpour F - (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 28) Malaysia TNT
38 Farzad Houshidari F R (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 30) Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Samson Mahbod +A F R 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 (age 29) Croatia KHL Medveščak Zagreb
82 Mahmoudreza Mahdavian F - 1987 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
77 Nima Mehraban F - Dec 1990 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
26 Karan Moallim F - (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 27) Germany EC Wedemark Scorpions
16 Nadim Moslemi F R 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 28) Former: Canada Barley Kings
? Jeremy Rezaeepour F L 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 24) United States UTEP Miners
4 Daniel Rezaie F L 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 21) Sweden Solna SK
61 Amin Youssefi F L 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 24) Canada South Muskoka Shield

Legend: +A, Assistant captain, +C Captain, +R Reserve player

Extended roster

The following players had either attended the first national team camp which was held in Asiago, Roana in Italy from 26–28 June 2016 or the second national team camp held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 20–27 August 2016 and some players attended both camps.[32][33] Others expressed their interest or had either been invited to join the national team.

# Name Pos S/C Height DOB Club
? Dario Khazaei G - - Germany Uedesheim Chiefs
1 Saeed Ahmad Mohiman G - (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984 (age 34) United Arab Emirates Dubai Falcons
80 Nickon Yazdani G - 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 1998 United States Reston Raiders HC, Virginia
78 Erfan Zanganeh G - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Arian Abdi D L - United States UCSD Tritons
18 Farzin Amani D - - United States Unattached
10 Mujtaba Aghamohammadi D - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Mikey Anvari D - - Former: United States Cobra Kai
? Majid Ayar - - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Sina Fasihi D - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Saman Goodarzi D - (1988-10-11) 11 October 1988 (age 29) Iran Qazvin Inline Hockey Team
? Farzin Kaviani - - - Iran ?
? Sepehr Mirheydari - - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
21 Mohammad Reza Medadi D - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
73 Farshad Moghadasi D - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Joobin Mozaffarimehr D L 1988 Former: United States SCU Broncos
66 Daruosh Razavi D - (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 22) United Arab Emirates Dubai Mighty Camels
70 Ali Satar D - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
26 Jonathan Zarghami D R 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) (1995-10-03) 3 October 1995 (age 22) Canada West Island Royals
? Navid Zolfagharpour - - (1995-10-27) 27 October 1995 (age 22) Iran Enghelab Skating Academy
30 Navid Alizadeh F - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
9 Danial Bagheri F - Jan 1995 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Arad Bagherpour F - - Former: Turkey Hacettepe University Ice Deers
? Soltan Danesh F - 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 1985 United States Bad Beat
36 Mohammad Farzaneh F - Jun 1991 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Nolan Gaudreau F - - United States Rebel Scrum
? Masoud Ali Hashemiyan C - (1990-05-14) 14 May 1990 (age 28) Former: United Arab Emirates Dubai White Bears
99 Amir Heydari F - - Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Marcel Khorsand F - - Former: United States SCU Broncos
8 Amin Korehei F - Sep 1998 Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
8 Masood Mohiman F - (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 33) United Arab Emirates Dubai Falcons
00 Arsalan Monfared F - 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) (1980-09-21) 21 September 1980 (age 37) Iran Iran Inline Hockey NT
? Adrian Rejaeyan F L (2001-06-06) 6 June 2001 (age 17) Sweden SDE HF
? Aden Soltani F - (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 30) Scotland Edinburgh Phoenix

Tournament record

Asian Winter Games

Year Host Result Pld W OW OL L
2017 Japan Sapporo Disqualified

All-time record against other nations

Last match update: 24 February 2017[34]

Team GP W T L GF GA
 Indonesia 1 1 0 0 10 3
 Macau 1 0 0 1 1 7
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 8 3
 Turkmenistan 1 0 0 1 2 12
Total 4 2 0 2 21 25

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