Luxembourg men's national ice hockey team

The Luxembourg national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey team of Luxembourg. It is controlled by the Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Luxembourg is currently ranked 43rd in the IIHF World Rankings and competes at Division II of the IIHF World Championships. They won their first tournament in 2017 at the Division III level.[2]

Luxembourg
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationFédération Luxembourgeoise de Hockey sur Glace
General managerYves Barthels
Head coachPetr Fical
CaptainBenny Welter
Most gamesBenny Welter (68)
Top scorerBenny Welter (63)
Most pointsRobert Beran (137)
Team colors     
IIHF codeLUX
Ranking
Current IIHF44 Decrease 3 (29 September 2022)[1]
Highest IIHF42 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF44 (2009)
First international
South Africa  23–0  Luxembourg
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 21 March 1992)
Biggest win
Luxembourg  38–3  Armenia
(Mexico City, Mexico; 10 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
Spain  31–0  Luxembourg
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 25 March 1992)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances18 (first in 1992)
Best result31st (1992)
International record (W–L–T)
45–59–2

HistoryEdit

Luxembourg joined the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 1912, though did not participate in the World Championship until 1992, when they placed fifth in Group C2, the lowest tier. They would not return to the tournament until 2000, though except for 2001 have been a regular participant since then.[2]

The team plays in the colours of the national flag: red, white, and light blue. The squad is coached by Petr Fical of Germany and captained by Ronny Scheier.[citation needed] Monique Scheier-Schneider served as the team's general manager from the 2005 to 2007 world championships.[3]

In the 2007 World Championships, Luxembourg finished third in Division III, narrowly missing out on promotion to Division II after being defeated 4–3 by hosts Ireland in overtime. Luxembourg has never competed in ice hockey at the Olympics. They placed third at the 2009 IIHF World Championship Division III in Dunedin, New Zealand. They won their first tournament in 2017 at the Division III level.[2]

IIHF World ChampionshipsEdit

Year Host Division/Group Group Position Overall Position
1992   Johannesburg Group C2 5th 31st
1993–1999 did not participate
2000   Reykjavik Group D 8th 41st
2001 did not participate
2002   Novi Sad Division II – Group B 6th (relegated) 40th
2003   Auckland Division III 2nd (promoted) 42nd
2004   Jaca Division II – Group A 6th (relegated) 39th
2005   Mexico City Division III 3rd 43rd
2006   Reykjavik Division III 5th 45th
2007   Dundalk Division III 3rd 42nd
2008   Luxembourg Division III 3rd 43rd
2009   Dunedin Division III 3rd 43rd
2010   Kockelscheuer Division III – Group A 3rd 45th
2011   Cape Town Division III 4th 44th
2012   Erzurum Division III 3rd 43rd
2013   Cape Town 2013 IIHF World Championship Division III 3rd 43rd
2014   Kockelscheuer Division III 3rd 43rd
2015   İzmir Division III 3rd 43rd
2016   Istanbul Division III 3rd 43rd
2017   Sofia Division III 1st (promoted) 41st
2018   Granada Division II – Group B 6th (relegated) 40th
2019   Sofia Division III 4th 44th
2020   Kockelscheuer Division III Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[4]
2021   Kockelscheuer Division III Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5]
2022   Kockelscheuer Division III – Group A 5th (relegated) 41st

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 29 September 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Tchechankov, Ivan (17 April 2017). "First gold for Luxembourg". IIHF.com. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Monique Schneider Team Staff Profile". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Men's Division II, III cancelled". IIHF. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. ^ "IIHF – IIHF Council announces more cancellations". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 18 November 2020.

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