Ireland men's national ice hockey team

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Ireland
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Irish badge features the golden clàrsach on a green background which is also used on the Green harp flag, one of the flags used to represent Ireland.
Association Irish Ice Hockey Association
Head coach Kenneth Redmond
Assistants Mark Perres
Robert Stewart
Captain David Morrison
Most games Robert Lackey (38)
Most points Gareth Roberts (36)
Home stadium Dundalk Ice Dome
IIHF code IRL
IIHF ranking 44 Decrease2
Highest IIHF ranking 40 (2008)
Lowest IIHF ranking 44 (first in 2004)
Team colors               
First international
 Mexico 8–3 Ireland 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 16 March 2004)
Biggest win
 Ireland 23–1 Armenia 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Romania 22–0 Ireland 
(Zagreb, Croatia; 13 April 2011)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 7 (first in 2004)
Best result 40th (2008)
International record (W–L–T)
13–25–1

Irish men's national ice hockey team is the National Squad run by the Irish Ice Hockey Association. The team gained promotion to Division II of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2007, but after a poor performance in their Division II debut, the team has been relegated to Division III.[1] The team has members from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has a working relationship with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League and new Irish clubs, Flyers Ice Hockey Club and Dundalk Bulls.

History[edit]

The Republic of Ireland was accepted into the International Ice Hockey Federation in May 1996 after a nomination by Great Britain and a second by Canada. They have not had a long history of international competition, with the Ireland senior team first competing in 2004.

IIHF World ranking[edit]

In the IIHF World Ranking, Ireland is ranked 41st out of 49 as of September 2010.

International competition[edit]

(statistics, standings, and results taken from the IIHF [2] IIHF Tournament Page)

2004 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Reykjavík, Iceland[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 3 Mexico 8
Game 2. Armenia 1 Ireland 15
Game 3. Ireland 1 Iceland 7
Game 4. Turkey 7 Ireland 4

Final result: fourth place, one win, three losses for 2 points, 23 goals for, 23 goals against

2005 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Mexico City, Mexico[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 23 Armenia 1
Game 2. Luxembourg 8 Ireland 4
Game 3. Ireland 4 South Africa 5
Game 4. Mexico 6 Ireland 1
Final result: fourth place, one win, three losses for 2 points, 32 goals for, 20 goals against

2006 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Reykjavík, Iceland[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 0 Armenia 6
Game 2. Iceland 8 Ireland 0
Game 3. Turkey 2 Ireland 2
Game 4. Ireland 3 Luxembourg 1
Final result: fourth place, one win, two losses, one tie for 3 points, 5 goals for, 17 goals against

2007 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Dundalk, Ireland[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 11 Mongolia 0
Game 2. Ireland 2 New Zealand 4
Game 3. Ireland 3 South Africa 1
Game 4. Ireland 4 Luxembourg 3 [OT)
Final result: second place two wins, one overtime win, one loss for 8 points, 20 goals for, 8 goals against [Team Ireland are Promoted to Division II of the IIHF World Championships]

2008 IIHF Ice Hockey Division II World Championships Miercurea Ciuc, Romania[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 1 Serbia 13
Game 2. Ireland 4 Bulgaria 7
Game 3. Ireland 1 Belgium 9
Game 4. Ireland 1 Romania 21
Game 5. Ireland 1 Israel 7
Final result: sixth place zero wins, five losses for 0 points, 8 goals for, 57 goals against [Team Ireland is relegated to the 2009 IIHF World Championship Div III]

2009 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Dunedin, New Zealand[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 3 Greece 7
Game 2. Ireland 3 Luxembourg 8
Game 3. Ireland 5 Mongolia 0(Forfeit)
Game 4. Ireland 1 Turkey 7
Game 5. Ireland 0 New Zealand 9
Final result: fifth place one win, four losses for 3 points, 12 goals for, 31 goals against

2010 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III Group A World Championships Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 6 Luxembourg 4
Game 2. Greece 1 Ireland 3
Game 3. UA Emirates 2 Ireland 8
Final result: first place three wins, zero losses for 9 points, 17 goals for, 7 goals against

Personnel[edit]

Ireland roster[edit]

(roster taken from the IIHF [3] IIHF Tournament Page)

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 20 Adam Pepper (6 September 1991) Besancon Eagles
GK 25 Scott Bickerstaff (13 November 1992) Wightlink Tigers
D 21 Paul Cummins (18 March 1976) Kilkenny Storm
D 9 Timothy Ross O'Driscoll (28 March 1980) Ireland men's national ice hockey team
D 13 Dean Kelly (11 December 1981) Dublin Rovers
D 17 Stephen Balmer (23 January 1991) Streatham Redskins
D 16 Robert Leckey (29 September 1979) Belfast Junior Giants
D 19 David Morrison (2 April 1980) Belfast Junior Giants
F 23 Stephen Adams (13 July 1990) Belfast Junior Giants
F 23 Chris Adams (25 December 1986) Belfast Junior Giants
F 15 Stephen Cooper (30 October 1984) Flyers IHC
F 11 Mark Pepper (11 February 1986) Dublin Flyers
F 5 Adam Jackson-Wyatt (21 July 1990) Ireland men's national ice hockey team
F 10 Sean Dooley (16 January 1985) Ireland men's national ice hockey team
F 7 David Gibson (11 December 1981) Belfast Junior Giants
F 4 Jamie Cummins (25 August 1987) Kilkenny Storm
F 8 Sean Coleman (24 July 1996) Belfast Junior Giants
F 18 Conor Redmond (29 March 1995) Swindon Wildcats
F 6 Philip Catherwood (2 February 1992) Belfast Junior Giants
F 14 Stephen Hamill (26 December 1978) Belfast Junior Giants
F 24 Gareth Roberts (10 January 1986) Belfast Giants

Future[edit]

Team Ireland lift Silver at Dundalk Ice Dome

Early in 2007 Team Ireland moved their headquarters to the Dundalk Ice Dome. It is envisaged that the Ice Dome will become a centre of excellence for ice hockey in the Republic of Ireland and it was here that Team Ireland took silver in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships Division III and gained promotion to Division II.

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