New Zealand men's national ice hockey team

The New Zealand men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team for New Zealand. As of 2018, the New Zealand team is ranked 39th in the IIHF World Rankings. The official nickname of New Zealand's national ice hockey team is the Ice Blacks.[4] The "Ice Blacks" nickname is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

New Zealand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Ice Blacks
AssociationNew Zealand Ice Hockey Federation
General managerGraham Tappin
Head coachAnatoly Khorozov[1]
AssistantsAndreas Kaisser
CaptainNicholas Craig
Most gamesAndrew Hay (74)[2]
Top scorerAndrew Cox (29)[2]
Most pointsBrett Speirs (49)[2]
Team colors   
IIHF codeNZL
Ice Blacks Home Jersey 2018.gifIce Blacks Away Jersey 2018.gif
Ranking
Current IIHF42 Steady (29 September 2022)[3]
Highest IIHF35 (2013)
Lowest IIHF40 (first in 2003)
First international
South Korea  35–2  New Zealand
(Perth, Australia; 13 March 1987)
Biggest win
New Zealand  19–0  Hong Kong
(Perth, Australia; 15 March 1987)
Biggest defeat
Australia  58–0  New Zealand
(Perth, Australia; 14 March 1987)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances27 (first in 1987)
Best result27th (1987)
International record (W–L–T)
56–78–2

HistoryEdit

The 2016 documentary film "Ice Blacks" covers the history of the team, their rivalry with Australia and their difficulties in competing at international level because of New Zealand's geographic distance from the rest of the traditional ice hockey playing countries.

New Zealand has competed in the Division II World Championships since 2001. From 2007 to 2011, New Zealand was coached by Jeff Bonazzo. In his last year coaching at the 2011 Division II World Championships, New Zealand won three games and lost two, finishing second in their group behind host nation and rival Australia and missing promotion to Division I.

New Zealand hosted the 2003 IIHF World Championship Division III, which was held in Auckland. The Ice Blacks finished first and captured their first gold medal and were promoted to Division II.

New Zealand hosted the 2006 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B, which was held in Auckland. The Ice Blacks finished last and were relegated to Division III.

New Zealand hosted the 2009 IIHF World Championship Division III, which was held in Dunedin. The Ice Blacks finished first and captured their third gold medal by winning all five games and were promoted to Division II.

New Zealand hosted the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B, which was held in Auckland. The Ice Blacks finished second behind China, capturing their fourth silver medal.

Tournament recordEdit

New Zealand Winter GamesEdit

Games GP W OTW/SOW OTL/SOL L GF GA Coach Captain Rank
2009 Winter Games 2 1 0 0 1 7 12 Jeff Bonazzo Simon Glass 2nd
2011 Winter Games 4 2 0 0 2 17 16 Jeff Bonazzo Corey Down 2nd
2017 Winter Games 3 1 0 1 1 7 6 Maru Rout Berton Haines 2nd
2018 Winter Games 3 2 0 0 1 13 9 Anatoly Khorozov Paris Heyd 1st

World Championship recordEdit

  • 1987 – 27th place (3rd in "Pool D")
  • 1989 – 29th place (5th in "Pool D")
  • 1995 – 39th place (10th in "Pool C2")
  • 1996 – Not ranked (2nd in "Pool D" group 1 qualifier)
  • 1997 – Not ranked (2nd in unofficial "Pool E")
  • 1998 – 38th place (6th in "Pool D")
  • 1999 – 38th place (6th in "Pool D")
  • 2000 – 39th place (6th in "Pool D")
  • 2001 – 39th place (5th in Division II Group A)
  • 2002 – 43rd place (3rd in Division II qualification)
  • 2003 – 41st place (1st in Division III)
  • 2004 – 37th place (5th in Division II Group B)
  • 2005 – 38th place (5th in Division II Group A)
  • 2006 – 39th place (6th in Division II Group B)
  • 2007 – 41st place (1st in Division III)
  • 2008 – 39th place (6th in Division II Group B)
  • 2009 – 41st place (1st in Division III)
  • 2010 – 36th place (4th in Division II Group B)
  • 2011 – 32nd place (2nd in Division II Group A)
  • 2012 – 34th place (6th in Division II Group A)
  • 2013 – 36th place (2nd in Division II Group B)
  • 2014 – 37th place (3rd in Division II Group B)
  • 2015 – 36th place (2nd in Division II Group B)
  • 2016 – 38th place (4th in Division II Group B)
  • 2017 – 36th place (2nd in Division II Group B)
  • 2018 – 36th place (2nd in Division II Group B)
  • 2019 – 37th place (3rd in Division II Group B)
  • 2020 – Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[5]
  • 2021 – Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[6]
  • 2022 – Withdrawn due to the COVID-19 pandemic[7]


All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 8 September 2018[8]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win % For Aga Diff
  Australia 18 3 0 15 16.66% 32 170 −138
  Belgium 3 1 0 2 33.33% 8 31 −23
  Bulgaria 6 3 0 3 50.00% 39 43 −4
  China 9 5 0 4 55.55% 33 35 −2
  Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 0 100.00% 12 1 +11
  Croatia 3 0 0 3 0.00% 11 42 −31
  Estonia 2 0 0 2 0.00% 2 36 −34
  Great Britain 1 0 0 1 0.00% 0 26 −26
  Greece 4 3 0 1 75.00% 22 16 +8
  Hong Kong 2 2 0 0 100.00% 38 0 +38
  Iceland 5 0 0 5 0.00% 9 24 −15
  Ireland 2 2 0 0 100.00% 13 2 11
  Israel 7 5 0 2 71.43% 29 29 0
  Lithuania 1 0 0 1 0.00% 2 21 −19
  Luxembourg 5 5 0 0 100.00% 32 9 +23
  Mexico 11 6 1 4 50.00% 40 29 +11
  Mongolia 2 2 0 0 100.00% 15 1 +14
  North Korea 6 2 0 4 33.33% 29 33 −4
  Romania 2 0 0 2 0.00% 2 66 −64
  Serbia/
  Serbia and Montenegro
3 0 0 3 0.00% 6 43 −37
  South Africa 13 3 1 9 23.08% 38 56 −18
  South Korea 6 0 0 6 0.00% 5 99 −94
  Spain 7 0 0 7 0.00% 12 89 −77
  Turkey 9 8 0 1 88.89% 56 26 +30
Total 128 51 2 75 39.37% 485 927 -442

All-time record against other clubsEdit

As of 15 April 2019[9]

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win % For Aga Diff
  Canada Moose 11 6 2 3 54.55% 42 26 +16
  SG Cortina 1 0 0 1 0.00% 4 15 −11
  Cavalese All Stars 1 0 0 1 0.00% 3 5 −2
  HC Fassa 1 0 0 1 0.00% 4 10 −6
  Australia Selects 4 1 0 3 25.00% 10 24 −14
  Southern Stampede 2 0 0 2 0.00% 6 9 −3
  Perth Thunder 3 1 0 2 33.33% 11 17 −6
  Calgary Flames Alumni 1 0 0 1 0.00% 2 9 −7
  Melbourne Mustangs 2 0 0 2 0.00% 8 10 −2
  Melbourne Ice 2 1 0 1 50.00% 10 3 +7
  Vail Yeti 2 1 0 1 50.00% 11 14 −3
Total 30 10 2 18 30.00% 111 142 -32

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roster Released for 2018 Winter Games NZ". Ice Hockey News Australia. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "New Zealand Scoring Leaders" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 29 September 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  4. ^ "New Zealand ice hockey teams". New Zealand Ice Hockey. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Men's Division II, III cancelled". IIHF. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "IIHF – IIHF Council announces more cancellations". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  7. ^ "New Zealand withdraws". IIHF.com. 2 February 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  8. ^ "New-Zealand-Men-Official-Results.pdf" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. 14 January 2018.
  9. ^ "New-Zealand-Men-Unofficial-Results.pdf" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. 14 January 2018.

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