United Arab Emirates men's national ice hockey team

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United Arab Emirates
Shirt badge/Association crest
The UAE uses their national emblem as a badge on their players jerseys.
Nickname(s) فريق دبي (Team Dubai)
Association UAE Ice Sports Federation
General Manager Khaled Al-Qubaisi
Head coach Artyom Senkevich
Assistants Mikhail Klimin
Sergei Zadelenov
Captain Juma Al-Dhaheri
Most games Juma Al-Dhaheri &
Omar Al-Shamisi (65)
Most points Juma Al-Dhaheri (136)
Home stadium Abu Dhabi Ice Rink
Team colors                    
IIHF code UAE
Ranking
Current IIHF 47 Decrease 1 (21 May 2018)[1]
Highest IIHF 44 (first in 2015)
Lowest IIHF 47 (first in 2010)
First international
United Arab Emirates  4–0  Thailand
(Changchun, China; 26 January 2007)
Biggest win
United Arab Emirates  25–0  Bahrain
(Astana, Kazakhstan; 31 January 2011)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan  38–0  United Arab Emirates
(Changchun, China; 27 January 2007)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 7 (first in 2010)
Best result 45th (2014)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 3 (first in 2007)
Best result 6th (2007)
Arab Cup of Ice Hockey
Appearances 1 (first in 2008)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (2008)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 9 (first in 2009)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (2009, 2012, 2017)
Gulf Ice Hockey Championship
Appearances 4 (first in 2010)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
International record (W–L–T)
76–38–1
Medal record
Division III
Gold medal – first place 2019 United Arab Emirates (Qualification)
Arab Cup
Gold medal – first place 2008 Abu Dhabi
GCC Gulf Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 Kuwait City
Gold medal – first place 2012 Abu Dhabi
Gold medal – first place 2014 Kuwait City
Gold medal – first place 2016 Doha
Challenge Cup of Asia
Gold medal – first place 2009 Abu Dhabi
Gold medal – first place 2012 Dehradun
Gold medal – first place 2017 Bangkok
Silver medal – second place 2010 Taipei City
Silver medal – second place 2011 Kuwait City
Silver medal – second place 2014 Abu Dhabi
Silver medal – second place 2015 Taipei City
Silver medal – second place 2016 Abu Dhabi

The UAE national ice hockey team (Arabic: منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لهوكي الجليد‎) is the national men's ice hockey team of the United Arab Emirates. It is operated under the UAE Ice Sports Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).[2] As of 2018, the UAE is currently ranked 47th in the IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division III qualification tournament of the IIHF World Championships.

History

In June 2008, the UAE took part in the inaugural Arab Cup in Abu Dhabi, also involving the national teams of Algeria, Morocco and Kuwait. They went on to finish first in the standings and won the gold medal after defeating Kuwait, 4–1. They won the gold in the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia also in Abu Dhabi.

In 2010, the UAE became the first from an Arab nation to play in the IIHF World Championship when they participated in Division III.[3] Although the UAE was not ranked in the world rankings until they played against Ireland, Luxembourg, and Greece, and finished last in Group A with a record of four losses. Their new head coach is Teemu Taruvuori of Finland. In May 2010, the UAE participated in the Kuwaiti organized GCC Gulf Championship, finishing first after winning all three of their games.[4]

Withdrawal from 2011 and 2016 IIHF tournaments

The UAE decided to withdraw from the 2011 Division III tournament in Cape Town, South Africa because they refused to compete against Israel, who was also in the tournament. They also withdrew from the 2016 Division III tournament, with no reason cited.[5]

Tournament record

World Championships

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
1930 through 2009 Did not enter
2010 Luxembourg Kockelscheuer 46th place
(4th in Division III A)
3 0 0 0 3
2011 South Africa Cape Town Withdrew from tournament
(All games marked as 5–0 forfeits)
2012 Turkey Erzurum Did not participate
2013 South Africa Cape Town 46th place
(6th in Division III)
5 0 0 0 5
2014 Luxembourg Kockelscheuer 45th place
(5th in Division III)
5 1 0 1 3
2015 Turkey İzmir 46th place
(6th in Division III)
6 1 0 1 4
2016 Turkey Istanbul Withdrew from tournament
(All games marked as 5–0 forfeits)
2017 Bulgaria Sofia 47th place
(7th in Division III)
4 0 0 0 4
2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 49th place
(3rd in Division III Q)
3 1 0 0 2
2019 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 47th place
1st in (Division III Q)
5 4 0 0 1
Total 7/10 31 7 0 2 22

Asian Winter Games

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
1986 through 2003 Did not enter
2007 China Changchun 6th place 4 2 0 0 2
2011 Kazakhstan Astana 8th place
(3rd in Premier Division)
6 4 0 0 2
2017 Japan Sapporo 7th place
(3rd in Division I)
5 3 0 0 2
Total 3/3 15 9 0 0 6

Arab Cup/GCC Gulf Championship

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
Arab Cup (2008)
2008 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 5 4 1 0 0
GCC Gulf Championship (2010–present)
2010 Kuwait Kuwait City Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 3 3 0 0 0
2012 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 5 4 1 0 0
2014 Kuwait Kuwait City Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 5 5 0 0 0
2016 Qatar Doha Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 5 5 0 0 0
Total 5/5 23 21 2 0 0

Challenge Cup of Asia

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
2008  Hong Kong Did not participate
2009 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 5 5 0 0 0
2010 Chinese Taipei Taipei City Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place 5 3 0 1 1
2011 Kuwait Kuwait City Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place 5 4 0 0 1
2012 India Dehradun Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 5 5 0 0 0
2013 Thailand Bangkok 6th place 5 2 0 1 2
2014 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place 5 3 1 0 1
2015 Chinese Taipei Taipei City Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place 4 3 0 0 1
2016 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place 4 3 0 0 1
2017 Thailand Bangkok Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 4 3 1 0 0
Total 9/10 42 31 2 2 7

All-time record against other nations

Last match update: 6 April 2019

Key
     Positive balance (more Wins)
     Neutral balance (Wins = Losses)
     Negative balance (more Losses)
Team GP W T L GF GA
 Kuwait 16 16 0 0 78 16
 Thailand 13 10 0 3 58 39
 Mongolia 8 8 0 0 38 12
 Malaysia 6 6 0 0 46 7
 Oman 5 5 0 0 40 4
 Singapore 4 4 0 0 30 6
 Qatar 4 4 0 0 28 3
 Bosnia and Herzegovina* 4 3 0 1 21 11
 Bahrain 3 3 0 0 53 0
 Macau 3 3 0 0 22 0
 Algeria 2 2 0 0 16 6
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 14 1
 India 1 1 0 0 10 0
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 9 0
 Hong Kong 9 4 1 4 37 27
 Georgia 2 1 0 1 19 26
 Turkmenistan 1 0 0 1 0 4
 Bulgaria 1 0 0 1 5 11
 Turkey 1 0 0 1 0 15
 Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1 0 38
 Ireland 2 0 0 2 5 15
 Kyrgyzstan 2 0 0 2 4 21
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 0 23
 Greece 3 1 0 2 6 11
 North Korea 4 0 0 4 6 33
 Luxembourg 5 0 0 5 6 43
 Chinese Taipei 9 2 0 7 29 37
Total 115 76 1 38 580 409

Note: The UAE was awarded a 5–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division III after Bosnia and Herzegovina forfeited the game.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  2. ^ "UAE ice hockey team 'know we can compete' | The National". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ Loonen, Joeri (20 April 2010). "From Abu Dhabi to the Acropolis". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  4. ^ Merk, Martin (8 June 2010). "UAE wins Gulf Championship". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Men's Div. III begins". IIHF.com. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Bosnia withdraws". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

External links

  • Official website
  • IIHF profile
  • National Teams of Ice Hockey
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