United Arab Emirates men's national ice hockey team

The UAE national ice hockey team (Arabic: منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لهوكي الجليد) is the national men's ice hockey team of the United Arab Emirates. It is operated under the UAE Ice Sports Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).[2] As of 26 May 2019, the UAE is currently ranked 48th in the IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division III Group A tournament of the World Championships.

United Arab Emirates
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationUAE Ice Sports Federation
General managerHamel Al-Qubaisi
Khaled Al-Qubaisi
Head coachDavid Rich
AssistantsDmitri Pantsyrev
CaptainJuma Al-Dhaheri
Most gamesJuma Al-Dhaheri (108)
Top scorerJuma Al-Dhaheri (106)
Most pointsJuma Al-Dhaheri (220)
Home stadiumAbu Dhabi Ice Rink
Team colors       
IIHF codeUAE
Ranking
Current IIHF43 Increase 1 (29 September 2022)[1]
Highest IIHF44 (first in 2015)
Lowest IIHF48 (first in 2019)
First international
United Arab Emirates  4–0  Thailand
(Changchun, China; 26 January 2007)
Biggest win
United Arab Emirates  25–0  Bahrain
(Astana, Kazakhstan; 31 January 2011)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan  38–0  United Arab Emirates
(Changchun, China; 27 January 2007)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances8 (first in 2010)
Best result37th (2022)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances3 (first in 2007)
Best result6th (2007)
Arab Cup of Ice Hockey
Appearances1 (first in 2008)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg 1st (2008)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances9 (first in 2009)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg 1st (2009, 2012, 2017)
Gulf Ice Hockey Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg 1st (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
International record (W–L–T)
82–39–1
Medal record
Arab Cup
Gold medal – first place 2008 Abu Dhabi
GCC Gulf Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 Kuwait City
Gold medal – first place 2012 Abu Dhabi
Gold medal – first place 2014 Kuwait City
Gold medal – first place 2016 Doha
Challenge Cup of Asia
Gold medal – first place 2009 Abu Dhabi
Gold medal – first place 2012 Dehradun
Gold medal – first place 2017 Bangkok
Silver medal – second place 2010 Taipei City
Silver medal – second place 2011 Kuwait City
Silver medal – second place 2014 Abu Dhabi
Silver medal – second place 2015 Taipei City
Silver medal – second place 2016 Abu Dhabi

HistoryEdit

In June 2008, the UAE took part in the inaugural Arab Cup in Abu Dhabi, also involving the national teams of Algeria, Morocco, and Kuwait. They went on to finish first in the standings and won the gold medal after defeating Kuwait, 4–1. They won the gold in the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia also in Abu Dhabi.

In 2010, the UAE became the first from an Arab nation to play in the IIHF World Championship when they participated in Division III.[3] Although the UAE was not ranked in the world rankings until they played against Ireland, Luxembourg, and Greece, and finished last in Group A with a record of four losses. Their new head coach was Teemu Taruvuori of Finland. In May 2010, the UAE participated in the Kuwaiti organized GCC Gulf Championship, finishing first after winning all three of their games.[4]

Withdrawal from 2011 and 2016 IIHF tournamentsEdit

The UAE decided to withdraw from the 2011 Division III tournament in Cape Town, South Africa because they refused to compete against Israel, who was also in the tournament. They also withdrew from the 2016 Division III tournament, with no reason cited.[5]

Tournament recordEdit

World ChampionshipsEdit

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
1930 through 2009 did not enter
2010   Kockelscheuer 46th place
(4th in Division III A)
3 0 0 0 3
2011   Cape Town Withdrew from tournament
(All games marked as 5–0 forfeits)
2012   Erzurum did not participate
2013   Cape Town 46th place
(6th in Division III)
5 0 0 0 5
2014   Kockelscheuer 45th place
(5th in Division III)
5 1 0 1 3
2015   İzmir 46th place
(6th in Division III)
6 1 0 1 4
2016   Istanbul Withdrew from tournament
(All games marked as 5–0 forfeits)
2017   Sofia 47th place
(7th in Division III)
4 0 0 0 4
2018   Sarajevo 49th place
(3rd in Division III Q)
3 1 0 0 2
2019   Abu Dhabi 47th place
(1st in Division III Q)
5 4 0 0 1
2020 and 2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[6][7]
2022   Kockelscheuer 37th place
(1st in Division III A)
4 4 0 0 0
Total 8/11 35 11 0 2 22

Asian Winter GamesEdit

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
1986 through 2003 did not enter
2007   Changchun 6th place 4 2 0 0 2
2011   Astana 8th place
(3rd in Premier Division)
6 4 0 0 2
2017   Sapporo 7th place
(3rd in Division I)
5 3 0 0 2
Total 3/3 15 9 0 0 6

Arab Cup/GCC Gulf ChampionshipEdit

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
Arab Cup (2008)
2008   Abu Dhabi   1st place 5 4 1 0 0
GCC Gulf Championship (2010–2016)
2010   Kuwait City   1st place 3 3 0 0 0
2012   Abu Dhabi   1st place 5 4 1 0 0
2014   Kuwait City   1st place 5 5 0 0 0
2016   Doha   1st place 5 5 0 0 0
Total 5/5 23 21 2 0 0

Challenge Cup of AsiaEdit

Year Host Result GP W OTW OTL L
2008   Hong Kong did not participate
2009   Abu Dhabi   1st place 5 5 0 0 0
2010   Taipei City   2nd place 5 3 0 1 1
2011   Kuwait City   2nd place 5 4 0 0 1
2012   Dehradun   1st place 5 5 0 0 0
2013   Bangkok 6th place 5 2 0 1 2
2014   Abu Dhabi   2nd place 5 3 1 0 1
2015   Taipei City   2nd place 4 3 0 0 1
2016   Abu Dhabi   2nd place 4 3 0 0 1
2017   Bangkok   1st place 4 3 1 0 0
2018   Pasay did not participate
2019   Kuala Lumpur
2020   Singapore
Total 9/13 42 31 2 2 7

All-time record against other nationsEdit

Last match update: 7 April 2022

Key
     Positive balance (more Wins)
     Neutral balance (Wins = Losses)
     Negative balance (more Losses)
Team GP W T L GF GA
  Kuwait 16 16 0 0 78 16
  Thailand 13 10 0 3 58 39
  Mongolia 8 8 0 0 38 12
  Malaysia 6 6 0 0 46 7
  Oman 5 5 0 0 40 4
  Singapore 4 4 0 0 30 6
  Qatar 4 4 0 0 28 3
  Bosnia and Herzegovina* 4 3 0 1 21 11
  Bahrain 3 3 0 0 53 0
  Macau 3 3 0 0 22 0
  Georgia 3 2 0 1 25 27
  Algeria 2 2 0 0 16 6
  Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 14 1
  India 1 1 0 0 10 0
  Morocco 1 1 0 0 9 0
  Turkey 2 1 0 1 13 19
  Turkmenistan 2 1 0 1 10 8
  Hong Kong 9 4 1 4 37 27
  Bulgaria 1 0 0 1 5 11
  Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1 0 38
  Ireland 2 0 0 2 5 15
  Kyrgyzstan 2 0 0 2 4 21
  South Africa 2 0 0 2 0 23
  Greece 3 1 0 2 6 11
  North Korea 4 0 0 4 6 33
  Luxembourg 6 1 0 5 14 44
  Chinese Taipei 10 3 0 7 39 39
Total 120 81 1 38 627 421

Note: The UAE was awarded a 5–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division III after Bosnia and Herzegovina forfeited the game.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 29 September 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2022.
  2. ^ "UAE ice hockey team 'know we can compete' | The National". The National. Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ Loonen, Joeri (20 April 2010). "From Abu Dhabi to the Acropolis". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  4. ^ Merk, Martin (8 June 2010). "UAE wins Gulf Championship". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Men's Div. III begins". IIHF.com. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Men's Division II, III cancelled". IIHF. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ "IIHF – IIHF Council announces more cancellations". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Bosnia withdraws". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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