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Romania men's national ice hockey team

The Romanian men's national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey of Romania, and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. They are currently ranked 27th in the 2019 IIHF World Rankings and currently compete in Division IA. They have competed in four Olympic ice hockey competitions, the most recent being in 1980.

Romania
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Coat of arms of Romania is used as the badge on the team jerseys
Nickname(s)Tricolori (Three Colors)
AssociationRomanian Ice Hockey Federation
Head coachJulius Penzes
AssistantsMarius Tandafir
CaptainRoberto Gliga
Most gamesDoru Tureanu (112)
Most pointsDoru Tureanu (113)
Team colors                   
IIHF codeROU
Ranking
Current IIHF27 Increase 2 (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF26 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF29 (first in 2016)
First international
United States  15–0  Romania
(Krynica, Poland; 1 February 1931)
Biggest win
Romania  52–1  New Zealand
(Geel or Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium; 19 March 1989)
Biggest defeat
Czechoslovakia  23–1  Romania
(Prague, Czechoslovakia; 17 February 1947)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances52 (first in 1931)
Best result7th (1947)
Olympics
Appearances4 (first in 1964)
International record (W–L–T)
300–337–51

Olympic GamesEdit

Romania started Olympic hockey in 1964 in the B division. In the tournament, the team finished 12th out of 16 teams and managed 3 wins against Austria, Italy, and Hungary also with a tie against Yugoslavia. In 1968, Romania lost its qualification match against West Germany 7–0 and was forced to compete in the B division again. In the first two games, Romania beat Austria 3–2 and the Host, France 7–3. They lost their next three games and finished 12th out of 14 in the standings. After skipping the 1972 competition, Romania returned for the 1976 tournament. This time Romania played Poland in the Qualification round and lost 7–4, keeping them in the B division once again. However, Romania battled back and won 4 of 5 games with only one loss against Yugoslavia, still winning the division. The team finished 7th out of 12. In 1980, Romania was able to play with the top teams and was put into the Blue Division group, along with tough opponents such as Sweden, Czechoslovakia, and USA. In the first game Romania was down 4–2 to West Germany, but managed to score 4 goals to beat the former bronze medallists 6–4. In their next game Romania got shut out by Sweden 8–0. The Swedes scored 3 goals in the first period which left Romania out of it. After a lopsided loss to Czechoslovakia (7–2) the team then took on USA. The US jumped out to a 2–0 lead in the first period and added two more to it to lead 4–1 after two periods. Unlike other teams that the US had faced, the Romanians fought strong in the third period, despite being outshot 15–3, and scored a goal. The final score was 7–2. Romania played Norway for their final game, who had lost all four of their past games and had no chance to advance to the Medal Round. Romania fell behind less than a minute into the game, but stormed back to take the lead 3–1 in the third period. The Norwegian team battled back though, and scored once with a minute and a half left to play, and scored once more to tie it with only 29 seconds left. This tie still gave Romania one point but they had been hoping for a win. They finished the tournament with a 1–3–1 record, and were ranked 8th out of 12, just beating the Netherlands, West Germany, Norway, and Japan. This was the last time that the Romanians competed in the Olympic tournaments.

Tournament recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 1964 – Finished in 12th place
  • 1968 – Finished in 12th place
  • 1976 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1980 – Finished in 9th place

World ChampionshipEdit

Winter UniversiadeEdit

  • 1966 – 2nd place (Silver medal)
  • 1983 – 3rd place (Bronze medal)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.

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