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.[4] In 2019, the team won the gold medal in the 2019 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B tournament in Mexico City.

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AssociationIce Hockey Federation of Israel
General ManagerFelix Kozak
Head coachBobby Holík
AssistantsDušan Králík
Ran Oz
CaptainEliezer Sherbatov
Most gamesSergei Frenkel (79)[1]
Top scorerSergei Frenkel (47)
Most pointsSergei Frenkel (109)[1]
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IIHF codeISR
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Current IIHF34 Steady (24 April 2020)[2]
Highest IIHF32 (2014)
Lowest IIHF40 (first in 2011)
First international
Spain  23–4  Israel
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 22 March 1992)
Biggest win
Israel  26–2  Greece
(Cape Town, South Africa; 15 April 2011)
Biggest defeat
Latvia  32–0  Israel
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 15 March 1993)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances26 (first in 1992)
Best result28th (2006)
International record (W–L–T)
53–72–8[3]

RankingEdit

Date Rank Movement
2002 34
2003 35   1
2004 36   1
2005 35   1
2006 33   2
2007 34[5]   1
2008 35[6]   1
2009 36[7]   1
Feb 2010 38[8]   2
Apr 2010 39[9]   1
2011 40[10]   1
2012 40[11] ±0
2013 39[12]   1
Feb 2014 33[13]   6
Apr 2014 32[14]   1
2015 33[15]   1
2016 34[16]   1
2017 35[4]   1

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.[17][18] 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.[18][19][20]

The team was promoted to the IIHF World Championship Division I in 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[21] The following year the team was relegated again to Division II.[22] In 2010, Israel was relegated to Division III.[23]

However, in 2011 the team finished first in Division III Group B, earning a promotion back to Division II.[24] 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.[18] Sherbatov led the tournament in points, goals, assists, and +/-, earning 26 points (14 goals + 12 assists) in just four games.[25] He was named the best forward of the tournament.[25][26]

At the 2012 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament in Bulgaria, the Israeli team was able to stay in the second division.[26] Beginning in 2015 and still as of 2020, Sherbatov was captain of the national team.[27][25]

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.[28][20] With the win, the team qualified for the World Championships Division 2A.[29] 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.[26]

Year Place Division Division place Group GP W T L GF GA
1992 30th Group C2 4th 5 1 1 3 22 42
1993 31st Group C1 6th 7 2 0 5 30 97
1994 34th Group C2 7th 5 1 0 4 19 36
1995 35th Group C2 6th 6 3 0 3 39 23
1996 35th Group D 7th 7 3 1 3 34 35
1997 33rd Group D 5th 5 2 0 3 22 28
1998 35th Group D 3rd 5 3 0 2 39 19
1999 33rd Group D 2nd 4 3 0 1 21 5
2000 34th Group D 1st 4 3 0 1 31 7
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
2011 41st Division III 1st 5 5 0 0 57 9
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[30]
Total 142 64 6 72 610 754

OlympicsEdit

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.

For the 2014 Winter Olympics, Israel attempted to qualify, going 0–3 in the pre-qualifier.[31]

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Israel again attempted to qualify.[32] However, they were unable to, going 1–2 in the pre-qualifier.

TeamEdit

RosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[33]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Nir Tichon R 178 cm 80 kg (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 27)   Masaryk University
20 Yehonatan Reisinger L 172 cm 66 kg (2000-07-21) 21 July 2000 (age 20)   HC Okanagan Europe
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
12 Tomer Aharonovich L 180 cm 67 kg (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 21)   Rishon Devils
22 Dan Hoffman L 176 cm 65 kg (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 21)   Volna Kazan U18
4 Evgeni Kozhevnikov L 187 cm 77 kg (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 39)   HC Bat Yam
10 Michail Kozhevnikov L 188 cm 95 kg (1981-10-29) 29 October 1981 (age 39)   HC Bat Yam
11 Shai Maaravi L 175 cm 67 kg (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 24)   Duquesne University
2 Kai Malachi R 182 cm 78 kg (1992-12-07) 7 December 1992 (age 28)   HC Metulla
5 Itay Mostovoy R 178 cm 74 kg (2001-06-03) 3 June 2001 (age 19)   Boston Shamrocks U18
17 Yuval Rosenthal R 175 cm 58 kg (1995-08-12) 12 August 1995 (age 25)   Bradford Bulls
18 Daniel Spivak L 185 cm 85 kg (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 32)   Rochester Americans
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
7 Roey Aharonovich L 175 cm 71 kg (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 24)   Bryn Athyn College
16 Itay Ben Tov L 180 cm 83 kg (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 26)   Monfort Ma'alot
8 Sergei Frenkel L 179 cm 90 kg (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 (age 36)   HC Bat Yam
19 Avishai Geller R 183 cm 86 kg (1979-05-21) 21 May 1979 (age 41)   Holon Ninjas
15 Joshua Greenberg L 180 cm 70 kg (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 32)   HC Bat Yam
24 Yuval Halpert L 171 cm 71 kg (2000-09-20) 20 September 2000 (age 20)   Southern Oregon Spartans
6 Elie Klein L 187 cm 90 kg (1989-05-20) 20 May 1989 (age 31)   Rishon Devils
9 Daniel Mazour L 186 cm 86 kg (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 29)   Monfort Ma'alot
13 Eliezer Sherbatov L 174 cm 88 kg (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 29)   Kurbads Riga
14 Maor Sherf R 175 cm 70 kg (1994-02-21) 21 February 1994 (age 26)   HC Bat Yam
3 Artem Vernyy L 180 cm 95 kg (1993-02-20) 20 February 1993 (age 27)   HC Bat Yam

Notable playersEdit

CoachesEdit

Period Name Nationality
1992 Lee Gideon[34]   Israel
2001–2004 Boris Mindel[35]   Israel
2005–2009 Jean Perron[36]   Canada
2010 Boris Mindel[35]   Israel
2011 Sergei Belo[37]   Israel
2012, 2018 Semyon Yakubovich[38]   Israel
  Russia
2012–2014 Jean Perron[36]   Canada
2015–2016 Derek Eisler[39]   United States

ReferencesEdit

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  16. ^ "2016 Men's World Ranking".
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  22. ^ "Final rankings" (PDF).
  23. ^ 2010 IIHF World Championship DIV II Group B
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  35. ^ a b Boris Mindel profile at Eurohockey.com
  36. ^ a b Jean Perron profile at Eurohockey.com
  37. ^ Sergei Belo career statistics at EliteProspects.com
  38. ^ Semyon Yakubovich career statistics at EliteProspects.com
  39. ^ Derek Eisler career statistics at EliteProspects.com

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