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 the players jerseys.
Nickname(s) فريق دبي (Team Dubai)
Association UAE Ice Sports Federation
General Manager Hamel Al Qubaisi
Head coach Aliaksei Strakhau
Assistants Vitali Sauko
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 Decrease1
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 5 (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)
71–35–1

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).[1] The UAE is currently ranked 46th in the world rankings and competes in Division III 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Tournament record

World Championships

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
2010 Luxembourg Kockelscheuer 46th place
(4th in Division III,
Group A
)
3 0 0 0 3
2011 South Africa Cape Town Withdrew from tournament
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
2017 Bulgaria Sofia 47th place
(7th in Division III)
4 0 0 0 4
2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 49th place
(3rd Division IIIQ)
3 1 0 0 2

Asian Winter Games

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
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

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

Challenge Cup of Asia

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
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

Roster

Roster for the 2016 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia.[5]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
20 Ahmed Al Dhaheri L 172 cm 70 kg (1985-12-20) 20 December 1985 (age 32) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
1 Khaled Al Suwaidi L 175 cm 80 kg (1980-03-27) 27 March 1980 (age 38) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
6 Mohammed Al Dhaheri R 170 cm 65 kg (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 23) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
5 Ali Al Hadad R 185 cm 77 kg (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 31) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
16 Mohammed Al Shamisi L 173 cm 80 kg (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 30) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
21 Faisal Al Suwaidi R 181 cm 87 kg (1976-05-23) 23 May 1976 (age 42) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
8 Mohamad Aref Al Jachi L 179 cm 80 kg (1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 43) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
3 Ebraheem Budebs R 168 cm 63 kg (1980-09-26) 26 September 1980 (age 37) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
22 Mohamed Rehan Al Zaabi L 166 cm 70 kg (1979-05-14) 14 May 1979 (age 39) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
12 Faisal Al Baloushi L 180 cm 70 kg (1983-10-09) 9 October 1983 (age 34) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
7 Juma Al Dhaheri L 170 cm 64 kg (1975-07-15) 15 July 1975 (age 43) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
24 Abdulla Al Harmoodi R 165 cm 60 kg (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 26) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
15 Mohamed Al Kaabi R 174 cm 61 kg (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 18) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
19 Khalifa Al Mahrouqi R 167 cm 47 kg (1996-08-01) 1 August 1996 (age 22) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
11 Ali Al Mazrouei R 166 cm 59 kg (1980-01-05) 5 January 1980 (age 38) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
23 Mubarak Al Mazrouei R 173 cm 66 kg (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 25) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
2 Suhail Al Mehairi L 172 cm 71 kg (1982-01-07) 7 January 1982 (age 36) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
17 Obaid Al Muharrami R 170 cm 60 kg (1983-01-27) 27 January 1983 (age 35) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
18 Saeed Al Nuaimi R 173 cm 61 kg (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 27) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
4 Theyab Al Sabousi R 165 cm 60 kg (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 29) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
9 Omar Al Shamisi L 170 cm 65 kg (1974-01-10) 10 January 1974 (age 44) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
13 Ali Al Sarour R 178 cm 80 kg (1976-08-24) 24 August 1976 (age 41) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC

All-time record against other nations

As of April 16, 2017

Team GP W T L GF GA
 Kuwait 11 11 0 0 51 9
 Thailand 12 9 0 3 50 37
 Malaysia 5 5 0 0 36 4
 Hong Kong 7 3 1 3 25 24
 Chinese Taipei 9 2 0 7 29 36
 Mongolia 8 8 0 0 38 13
 Greece 3 1 0 2 6 11
 Macau 3 3 0 0 22 0
 Algeria 2 2 0 0 16 6
 Oman 4 4 0 0 32 3
 Qatar 4 4 0 0 23 3
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 25 0
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 14 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 10 2
 India 1 1 0 0 10 0
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 9 0
 Georgia 3 1 0 2 13 25
 Singapore 4 4 0 0 30 6
 Kazakhstan 2 1 0 1 5 38
 Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 0 14
 Turkey 1 0 0 1 0 15
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 0 23
 Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 5 35
 North Korea 3 0 0 3 5 21
 Ireland 2 0 0 2 5 15
Total 107 71 1 35 529 383

References

  1. ^ "UAE ice hockey team 'know we can compete' | The National". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  2. ^ Loonen, Joeri (2010-04-20). "From Abu Dhabi to the Acropolis". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  3. ^ Merk, Martin (2010-06-08). "UAE wins Gulf Championship". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Men's Div. III begins". IIHF.com. 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  5. ^ "2016 Challenge Cup of Asia - United Arab Emirates. (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 

External links

  • Official website
  • United Arab Emirates at IIHF.com
  • United Arab Emirates at National Teams of Ice Hockey
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