Israel men's national ice hockey team
The Israel national ice hockey team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בהוקי קרח) is the national men's ice hockey team of Israel. Since 2015, the team's Captain has been Eliezer Sherbatov. Israel was ranked 35th as of May 2017 by the International Ice Hockey Federation. In 2019, the team won the gold medal in the 2019 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Mexico City.
|Association||Ice Hockey Federation of Israel|
|General Manager||Felix Kozak|
|Head coach||Bobby Holík|
|Most games||Sergei Frenkel (79)|
|Top scorer||Sergei Frenkel (47)|
|Most points||Sergei Frenkel (109)|
|Current IIHF||34 (24 April 2020)|
|Highest IIHF||32 (2014)|
|Lowest IIHF||40 (first in 2011)|
|Spain 23–4 Israel|
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 22 March 1992)
|Israel 26–2 Greece|
(Cape Town, South Africa; 15 April 2011)
|Latvia 32–0 Israel|
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 15 March 1993)
|IIHF World Championships|
|Appearances||26 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||28th (2006)|
|International record (W–L–T)|
World Championships recordEdit
Eliezer Sherbatov drew international attention when he first played in the 2005 IIHF World U18 championship Division III, in Bulgaria, at the age of 13, becoming the youngest player to step on the ice in an under-18 ice hockey world championship. He scored 9 points (4 goals + 5 assists) in 5 games, as the team won a bronze medal, Israel's first in hockey in a championship tournament.
The team was promoted to the IIHF World Championship Division I in 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. The following year the team was relegated again to Division II. In 2010, Israel was relegated to Division III.
However, in 2011 the team finished first in Division III Group B, earning a promotion back to Division II. Israel won all five of its games by a combined score of 57–9, and was promoted to the IIHF Division II WHC to be played in 2012. Sherbatov led the tournament in points, goals, assists, and +/-, earning 26 points (14 goals + 12 assists) in just four games. He was named the best forward of the tournament.
At the 2012 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament in Bulgaria, the Israeli team was able to stay in the second division. Beginning in 2015 and still as of 2020, Sherbatov was captain of the national team.
In 2019, the team won the gold medal in the 2019 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Mexico City, Israel's first gold medal in hockey. With the win, the team qualified for the World Championships Division 2A. Sherbatov was named Best Forward, and had the best +/- rating, was the top goal scorer, and was the top scorer with 15 points (7 goals + 8 assists) in 5 games.
|2001||32nd||Division II||2nd||Group B||5||4||0||1||21||11|
|2002||34th||Division II||3rd||Group A||5||3||0||2||14||22|
|2003||37th||Division II||3rd||Group B||5||1||2||2||11||19|
|2004||38th||Division II||5th||Group A||5||0||1||4||3||28|
|2005||30th||Division II||1st||Group B||5||4||1||0||21||11|
|2006||28th||Division I||6th||Group A||5||0||0||5||3||47|
|2007||34th||Division II||3rd||Group B||4||2||0||2||6||24|
|2008||36th||Division II||4th||Group A||5||2||0||3||16||28|
|2009||38th||Division II||5th||Group A||5||1||0||4||9||38|
|2010||39th||Division II||6th||Group B||5||0||0||5||11||55|
|2012||39th||Division II||5th||Group B||5||2||0||3||19||22|
|2013||35th||Division II||1st||Group B||5||4||0||1||30||14|
|2014||34th||Division II||6th||Group A||5||1||0||4||19||37|
|2015||39th||Division II||5th||Group B||5||1||0||4||11||20|
|2016||37th||Division II||3rd||Group B||5||2||0||3||22||33|
|2017||37th||Division II||3rd||Group B||5||3||0||2||24||14|
|2018||37th||Division II||3rd||Group B||5||3||0||2||24||14|
|2019||35th||Division II||1st||Group B||5||5||0||0||32||16|
|2020||35th||Division II||Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic|
Israel has tried to qualify for the Olympics three times. In 1996 they advanced past Greece, and were eliminated by Yugoslavia before the main qualification rounds, in trying to advance to the 1998 Olympics.
|#||Player||Catches||Height||Weight||Date of birth||Club|
|1||Nir Tichon||R||178 cm||80 kg||17 October 1993||Masaryk University|
|20||Yehonatan Reisinger||L||172 cm||66 kg||21 July 2000||HC Okanagan Europe|
|#||Player||Shoots||Height||Weight||Date of birth||Club|
|12||Tomer Aharonovich||L||180 cm||67 kg||11 February 1999||Rishon Devils|
|22||Dan Hoffman||L||176 cm||65 kg||28 January 1999||Volna Kazan U18|
|4||Evgeni Kozhevnikov||L||187 cm||77 kg||29 October 1981||HC Bat Yam|
|10||Michail Kozhevnikov||L||188 cm||95 kg||29 October 1981||HC Bat Yam|
|11||Shai Maaravi||L||175 cm||67 kg||29 October 1996||Duquesne University|
|2||Kai Malachi||R||182 cm||78 kg||7 December 1992||HC Metulla|
|5||Itay Mostovoy||R||178 cm||74 kg||3 June 2001||Boston Shamrocks U18|
|17||Yuval Rosenthal||R||175 cm||58 kg||12 August 1995||Bradford Bulls|
|18||Daniel Spivak||L||185 cm||85 kg||9 August 1988||Rochester Americans|
|#||Player||Shoots||Height||Weight||Date of birth||Club|
|7||Roey Aharonovich||L||175 cm||71 kg||7 July 1996||Bryn Athyn College|
|16||Itay Ben Tov||L||180 cm||83 kg||24 July 1994||Monfort Ma'alot|
|8||Sergei Frenkel||L||179 cm||90 kg||6 August 1984||HC Bat Yam|
|19||Avishai Geller||R||183 cm||86 kg||21 May 1979||Holon Ninjas|
|15||Joshua Greenberg||L||180 cm||70 kg||3 June 1988||HC Bat Yam|
|24||Yuval Halpert||L||171 cm||71 kg||20 September 2000||Southern Oregon Spartans|
|6||Elie Klein||L||187 cm||90 kg||20 May 1989||Rishon Devils|
|9||Daniel Mazour||L||186 cm||86 kg||5 January 1992||Monfort Ma'alot|
|13||Eliezer Sherbatov||L||174 cm||88 kg||9 October 1991||Kurbads Riga|
|14||Maor Sherf||R||175 cm||70 kg||21 February 1994||HC Bat Yam|
|3||Artem Vernyy||L||180 cm||95 kg||20 February 1993||HC Bat Yam|
|2012, 2018||Semyon Yakubovich|| Israel |
|2015–2016||Derek Eisler||United States|
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- 2010 IIHF World Championship DIV II Group B
- 2011 IIHF World Championship DIV III
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- Lee Gideon career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Boris Mindel profile at Eurohockey.com
- Jean Perron profile at Eurohockey.com
- Sergei Belo career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Semyon Yakubovich career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Derek Eisler career statistics at EliteProspects.com
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