Croatia women's national ice hockey team

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Croatia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Croatian Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Robert Bednjaneć
Head coach Marijo Budja
Assistants Sanjin Kelnerić
Captain Diana Kruselj Posaveć
Most games Ana Širanović (41)
Most points Diana Kruselj Posaveć (71)
IIHF code CRO
IIHF ranking 25 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 20 (first in 2010)
Lowest IIHF ranking 31 (2007)
First international
 Hungary 3–2  Croatia
(Budapest, Hungary; February 24, 2007)
Biggest win
 Croatia 30–1 Bulgaria 
(Liepāja, Latvia; September 3, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 20–1 Croatia 
(Barcelona, Spain; October 14, 2012)
IIHF World Women's Championships
Appearances 5 (first in 2007)
Best result 24th (2008, 2011)
International record (W–L–T)
18–24–0

The Croatian women's national ice hockey team represents Croatia at the International Ice Hockey Federation's IIHF World Women's Championships. The women's national team is controlled by Croatian Ice Hockey Federation. As of 2011, Croatia has 39 female players.[1] Croatia is ranked 20th in the IIHF World Ranking.

History[edit]

Seeing that in Croatia (by status since January 2008) there is only one women's ice hockey club Grič its players are also the only members of the national team. From season 2006/2007 Grič players have been participating in the Slovenian league, along with one Slovenian and one Austrian club.

For several years they have also been participating in an Elite Women's Hockey League with clubs established in the hockey-playing countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria and Slovenia).[2]

World Championships record[edit]

In 2007 the Croatian team was the first time involved in the World Championship competition. In the Division IV the team achieved a big surprise by winning the first place in Division IV and was promoted in the Division III.[3]

Records
Year World Championship
2007 Finished 28th (1st in Division IV and promoted to Division III)
2008 Finished 24th (3rd in Division III)
2009 Division III Cancelled[4]
2011 Finished 24th (5th in Division III)
2012 Finished 26th (6th in Division IIA and relegated to Division IIB)
2013 Finished 29th (3rd in Division IIB)
2014 Finished 27th (1st in Division IIB and promoted to Division IIA)

Olympic record[edit]

The women's team of Croatia has never qualified for an Olympic tournament. In 2008 the team participated in the qualifying tournament for the Winter Olympic Games 2010 in Vancouver. They lost to Slovakia, Latvia and Italy and beat Bulgaria. They won 4th place. At the 2014 qualifying tournament they lost to Spain, Hungary and Denmark and failed to qualify for the next round.

All-time Record against other nations[edit]

As of September 14, 2011

Team GP W T L GF GA
 Belgium 2 2 0 0 5 1
 Hungary 4 2 0 2 10 20
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 30 1
 Turkey 1 1 0 0 19 1
 Estonia 1 1 0 0 12 0
 Iceland 1 1 0 0 3 0
 New Zealand 1 1 0 0 4 3
 Romania 1 1 0 0 3 2
 South Korea 1 0 0 1 2 3
 Great Britain 1 0 0 1 4 8
 Australia 1 0 0 1 1 5
 Italy 1 0 0 1 0 8
 Latvia 1 0 0 1 0 9
 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 9
 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 0 18
 Slovenia 3 0 0 3 6 18

Current roster 2011[edit]

[5]

Goaltenders
Number Player Club
25 Lana Belic  Croatia KHL Grič
1 Petra Belobrk  Croatia KHL Grič
Defensemen
Number Nom Club
21 Katja Bednjanec  Croatia KHL Grič
8 Ela FilipecA  Croatia HK Celeia
5 Diana Kruselj-PosavecCaptain  Croatia HK Celeia
14 Ivana Pintar  Croatia KHL Grič
6 Martina Smolec  Croatia HK Celeia
Forwards
Number Player Club
15 Tijana Delic  Croatia HK Celeia
22 Anja Kadijevic  Croatia KHL Grič
18 Ivana Kecerin  Croatia KHL Grič
9 Matea Klanac  Croatia KHL Grič
19 Nadja Matic  Germany SERC Lady Wings
13 Sonja Meke  Croatia KHL Grič
12 Iva MondecarA  Croatia KHL Grič
24 Danijela Prokopec  Croatia KHL Grič
23 Zelkja Prokopec  Croatia KHL Grič
10 Marija Radonic  Croatia KHL Grič
11 Ana Siranovic  Croatia KHL Grič

Coaching staff[edit]

[5]

  • Head Coach: Dusko Janjatovic
  • Assistant Coach: Marijo Budja
  • Team Leader:: Robert Bednjanec
  • Equipment Manager: Dubravko Stimac
  • Team Staff Sanja Pecigos-Bednjanec

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Croatia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "EWHL TEAMS". Retrieved December 25, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ako niste znali ženski hokej se igra i u Hrvatskoj". Retrieved December 25, 2008. 
  4. ^ 2009 Women's Division III, IV and V all Cancelled, http://forums.internationalhockey.net/showthread.php?t=7423
  5. ^ a b "CRO-Croatia, Team roster as of February 1, 2011" (pdf). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 

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