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Ireland men's national ice hockey team

The Irish national ice hockey team (Irish: Foireann haca oighir náisiúnta na hÉireann) is the national men's ice hockey team of the Republic of Ireland run by the Irish Ice Hockey Association and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 26 September 1996.

Ireland
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Irish badge features the golden clàrsach on a green background which is also used on the Green harp flag, one of the flags used to represent Ireland.
Nickname(s)The Boys in Green
AssociationIrish Ice Hockey Association
General ManagerSean Casey
Head coachNigel Smeaton
CaptainDavid Morrison
Most gamesRobert Leckey (43)
Most pointsGareth Roberts (47)
Team colors              
IIHF codeIRL
Ranking
Current IIHFNR (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF40 (2008)
Lowest IIHF48 (2015)
First international
 Mexico 8–3 Ireland 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 16 March 2004)
Biggest win
 Ireland 23–1 Armenia 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Romania 22–0 Ireland 
(Zagreb, Croatia; 13 April 2011)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances10 (first in 2004)
Best result40th (2008)
Development Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2017)
Best resultSilver medal with cup.svg 2nd (2017)
International record (W–L–T)
18–35–1
Medal record
Division III
Gold medal – first place 2010 Luxembourg (Group A)
Silver medal – second place 2007 Ireland
Development Cup
Silver medal – second place 2017 Canillo
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Füssen

The Republic of Ireland gained promotion to Division II of the IIHF World Championships in 2007, but after a worst performance in their Division II debut, they were then relegated back to Division III. The team is unable to participate in any IIHF World Championship tournaments since placing 4th with 6 points in 2013. With the closure of the Dundalk Ice Dome, they no longer meet their minimum participation standards. In 2017, the team returned at international competition after a four-year absence, and played at the inaugural Development Cup in Canillo, Andorra. They finished as the runners-up after falling 11–4 to Morocco.

The team has had members from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has a working relationship with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) and new Irish clubs, Flyers Ice Hockey Club and Dundalk Bulls.

HistoryEdit

The Republic of Ireland was accepted into the IIHF in May 1996 after a nomination by Great Britain and a second by Canada. They have not had a long history of international competition, with the Irish national team first competing in 2004.

FutureEdit

Early in 2007, Team Ireland moved their headquarters to the Dundalk Ice Dome. It is envisaged that the Ice Dome will become a center of excellence for ice hockey in the Republic of Ireland and it was here that Team Ireland took silver in the IIHF World Championship Division III and gained promotion to Division II. The next year they were relegated after a last place finish in Division II, but in 2010, they earned a first-place result and again earned promotion to Division II. The next year the took last place in the Division II Group B World Championships and were relegated to Division III which they played in. In 2012 and 2013, earning fourth place in the World Championship each year. They have not competed at a world championship since.

IIHF World RankingEdit

In the IIHF World Ranking, Ireland is currently not ranked as of 21 May 2018.[2]

International competitionEdit

2004 IIHF World Championship Division III; Reykjavík, IcelandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 3 – Mexico 8
Game 2. Armenia 1 – Ireland 15
Game 3. Ireland 1 – Iceland 7
Game 4. Turkey 7 – Ireland 4
Final result: fourth place, one win, three losses for 2 points, 23 goals for, 23 goals against

2005 IIHF World Championship Division III; Mexico City, MexicoEdit

Game 1. Ireland 23 – Armenia 1
Game 2. Luxembourg 8 – Ireland 4
Game 3. Ireland 4 – South Africa 5
Game 4. Mexico 6 – Ireland 1
Final result: fourth place, one win, three losses for 2 points, 32 goals for, 20 goals against

2006 IIHF World Championship Division III; Reykjavík, IcelandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 0 – Armenia 6
Game 2. Iceland 8 – Ireland 0
Game 3. Turkey 2 – Ireland 2
Game 4. Ireland 3 – Luxembourg 1
Final result: fourth place, one win, two losses, one tie for 3 points, 5 goals for, 17 goals against

2007 IIHF World Championship Division III; Dundalk, IrelandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 11 – Mongolia 0
Game 2. Ireland 2 – New Zealand 4
Game 3. Ireland 3 – South Africa 1
Game 4. Ireland 4 – Luxembourg 3 (OT)
Final result: second place two wins, one overtime win, one loss for 8 points, 20 goals for, 8 goals against [Team Ireland is Promoted to Division II of the 2008 IIHF World Championships]

2008 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B; Miercurea Ciuc, RomaniaEdit

Game 1. Ireland 1 – Serbia 13
Game 2. Ireland 4 – Bulgaria 7
Game 3. Ireland 1 – Belgium 9
Game 4. Ireland 1 – Romania 21
Game 5. Ireland 1 – Israel 7
Final result: sixth place zero wins, five losses for 0 points, 8 goals for, 57 goals against [Team Ireland is relegated to the 2009 IIHF World Championship Div III]

2009 IIHF World Championship Division III; Dunedin, New ZealandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 3 – Greece 7
Game 2. Ireland 3 – Luxembourg 8
Game 3. Ireland 5 – Mongolia 0 (Forfeit)
Game 4. Ireland 1 – Turkey 7
Game 5. Ireland 0 – New Zealand 9
Final result: fifth place one win, four losses for 3 points, 12 goals for, 31 goals against

2010 IIHF World Championship Division III Group A; Kockelscheuer, LuxembourgEdit

Game 1. Ireland 6 – Luxembourg 4
Game 2. Greece 1 – Ireland 3
Game 3. United Arab Emirates – 2 Ireland 8
Final result: first place three wins, zero losses for 9 points, 17 goals for, 7 goals against [Team Ireland is Promoted to Division II of the 2011 IIHF World Championships]

2011 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B; Zagreb, CroatiaEdit

Game 1. Ireland 0 – Bulgaria 6
Game 2. China 5 – Ireland 0
Game 3. Romania 22 – Ireland 0
Game 4. Ireland 4 – Croatia 21
Game 5. Iceland 14 – Ireland 0
Final result: sixth place zero wins, five losses, for 0 points, 4 goals for, 68 goals against [Team Ireland is relegated to the 2012 IIHF World Championship Div III]

2012 IIHF World Championship Division III; Erzurum, TurkeyEdit

Game 1. Luxembourg 7 – Ireland 2
Game 2. Ireland 5 – Greece 3
Game 3. Ireland 3 – Turkey 5
Game 4. Ireland 8 – Mongolia 4
Game 5. North Korea 5 – Ireland 0
Final result: fourth place, two wins, three losses, for 6 points, 18 goals for, 24 goals against

2013 IIHF World Championship Division III; Cape Town, South AfricaEdit

Game 1. Greece 3 – Ireland 6
Game 2. South Africa 7 – Ireland 4
Game 3. Luxembourg 5 – Ireland 0
Game 4. Ireland 1 – North Korea 2
Game 5. Ireland 7 – United Arab Emirates 3
Final result: fourth place, two wins, three losses, for 6 points, 18 goals for, 20 goals against

2017 Development Cup; Canillo, AndorraEdit

Game 1. Morocco 10 – Ireland 2
Game 2. Ireland 9 – Portugal 4
Game 3. Ireland 5 – Andorra 3
Final. Morocco 11 – Ireland 4
Final result: runners-up, two wins, two losses, for 6 points, 20 goals for, 28 goals against

2018 Development Cup; Füssen, GermanyEdit

Game 1. Macedonia 9 – Ireland 6
Game 2. Portugal 12 – Ireland 4
Game 3. Ireland 6 – Andorra 4
Semifinal. Portugal 10 – Ireland 1
Bronze medal game. Ireland 8 – Andorra 7
Final result: third place, two wins, three losses, for 6 points, 25 goals for, 42 goals against

PersonnelEdit

  • Nigel Smeaton – Head Coach

TeamEdit

2013 RosterEdit

(roster taken from the IIHF. IIHF Tournament Page)

Head coach:   Kenneth Redmond

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 20 Adam Pepper (6 September 1991) Besancon Eagles
GK 25 Scott Bickerstaff (13 November 1992) Wightlink Tigers
D 9 Timothy Ross O'Driscoll (28 March 1980) Ireland National Team
D 13 Dean Kelly (11 December 1981) Dublin Rovers
D 17 Stephen Balmer (23 January 1991) Streatham Redskins
D 16 Robert Leckey (29 September 1979) Belfast Junior Giants
D 19 David Morrison (2 April 1980) Belfast Junior Giants
F 23 Stephen Adams (13 July 1990) Belfast Junior Giants
F 23 Chris Adams (25 December 1986) Belfast Junior Giants
F 15 Stephen Cooper (30 October 1984) Flyers IHC
F 11 Mark Pepper (11 February 1986) Dublin Flyers
F 5 Adam Jackson-Wyatt (21 July 1990) Ireland National Team
F 10 Sean Dooley (16 January 1985) Ireland National Team
F 7 David Gibson (11 December 1981) Belfast Junior Giants
F 8 Sean Coleman (24 July 1996) Belfast Junior Giants
F 18 Conor Redmond (29 March 1995) Swindon Wildcats
F 6 Philip Catherwood (2 February 1992) Belfast Junior Giants
F 14 Stephen Hamill (26 December 1978) Belfast Junior Giants
F 24 Gareth Roberts (10 January 1986) Belfast Giants

All-time record against other nationsEdit

Last match: 1 October 2017[3]

Team GP W T L GF GA
  Andorra 1 1 0 0 5 3
  Armenia 3 2 0 1 38 8
  Belgium 1 0 0 1 1 9
  Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 4 13
  China 1 0 0 1 0 5
  Croatia 1 0 0 1 4 21
  Greece 4 3 0 1 17 14
  Iceland 3 0 0 3 1 29
  Israel 1 0 0 1 1 7
  Luxembourg 8 3 0 5 25 36
  Mexico 2 0 0 2 4 14
  Mongolia 2 2 0 0 19 4
  Morocco 2 0 0 2 6 21
  New Zealand 2 0 0 2 2 13
  North Korea 2 0 0 2 1 7
  Portugal 1 1 0 0 9 4
  Romania 2 0 0 2 1 43
  Serbia 1 0 0 1 1 13
  South Africa 3 1 0 2 11 13
  Turkey 4 0 1 3 10 21
  United Arab Emirates 2 2 0 0 15 5
Total 48 15 1 32 175 308

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ 2018 Ranking (May)
  3. ^ "Ireland-Men-All-Time-Results-1.pdf" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. 14 January 2018.

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