Kazakhstan men's national ice hockey team

The Kazakhstan men's national ice hockey team is controlled by Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation. Kazakhstan is currently ranked 16th in the world. They have competed at the Winter Olympics twice, in 1998 and 2006. The national team joined the IIHF in 1992 and first played internationally at the 1993 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[2] The team has frequently played at the elite division of the World Championship, often moving between there and the Division I level.

Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Emblem of Kazakhstan is the badge used on the players' jerseys.
AssociationKazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation
Head coachAndrei Skabelka
AssistantsVladimir Kopat
Igor Matushkin
Alexander Shimin
CaptainVacant
Most gamesAlexander Koreshkov (78)
Most pointsAlexander Koreshkov (83)
Team colors     
IIHF codeKAZ
IIHF-Uniform-KAZ.png
Ranking
Current IIHF16 Increase 3 (24 April 2020)[1]
Highest IIHF11 (2006)
Lowest IIHF21 (2003)
First international
Kazakhstan  5–1  Ukraine
(St. Petersburg, Russia; 14 April 1992)
Biggest win
Kazakhstan  52–1  Thailand
(Changchun, China; 29 January 2007)
Biggest defeat
United States  10–0  Kazakhstan
(Cologne, Germany; 15 May 2010)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances27 (first in 1993)
Best result12th (2005)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances6 (first in 1996)
Best resultGold medal.svg Gold (1996, 1999, 2011, 2017)
Olympics
Appearances2 (first in 1998)
International record (W–L–T)
150–106–14
Medal record
Division I
Gold medal – first place 2003 Hungary (Group A)
Gold medal – first place 2009 Lithuania (Group A)
Gold medal – first place 2011 Ukraine (Group B)
Gold medal – first place 2013 Hungary (Group A)
Gold medal – first place 2015 Poland (Group A)
Gold medal – first place 2019 Kazakhstan (Group A)
Asian Winter Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Harbin Team
Gold medal – first place 1999 Kangwon Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Astana-Almaty Team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Sapporo Team
Silver medal – second place 2003 Aomori Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Changchun Team

HistoryEdit

Kazakhstan joined the IIHF in 1992, applying as a separate member with six other former Soviet republics.[3] They played their first IIHF tournament at the 1993 World Championship; as a new member they had to play in Group C, the lowest level. They reached the elite division for the first time in 1998, and have played at the elite level seven times (1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016).

The national team has appeared at the Winter Olympics twice, in 1998 and 2006. In their debut in 1998, the Kazakhs were able to win their preliminary group, surprising many, and would finish the tournament in 8th place. They returned for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and finished ninth overall.

The team is the most successful team at the Asian Games, winning it four times, and are the current highest ranked Asian team.

Tournament recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 1998 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 9th place

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 1993 – Finished in 23rd place (3rd in Pool C)
  • 1994 – Finished in 24th place (4th in Pool C)
  • 1995 – Finished in 22nd place (2nd in Pool C)
  • 1996 – Finished in 21st place (1st in Pool C)
  • 1997 – Finished in 14th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1998 – Finished in 16th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in Pool B)
  • 2000 – Finished in 18th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 2001 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group B)
  • 2002 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2003 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division I, Group A)
  • 2004 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2005 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2008 – Finished in 20th place (2nd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2009 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division I, Group A)
  • 2010 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2011 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division I, Group B)
  • 2012 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2013 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division IA)
  • 2014 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2015 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division IA)
  • 2016 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2017 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in Division IA)
  • 2018 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in Division IA)
  • 2019 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division IA)
  • 2020 – Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic[4]

Asian Winter GamesEdit

  • 1996  1st place
  • 1999  1st place
  • 2003  2nd place
  • 2007  2nd place
  • 2011  1st place
  • 2017  1st place

Winter UniversiadeEdit

  • 1993  2nd place
  • 1995  1st place
  • 2007  3rd place
  • 2013  2nd place
  • 2015  2nd place
  • 2017  2nd place

List of head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ "KAZ – Kazakhstan". IIHF.com. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  3. ^ IIHF (2008). "Breakup of old Europe creates a new hockey world". IIHF.com. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  4. ^ Steiss, Adam. "2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 21 March 2020.

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