Kazakhstan men's national ice hockey team

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Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Emblem of Kazakhstan is the badge used on the players' jerseys.
Association Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Alexander Koreshkov
Head coach Andrei Nazarov
Assistants Igor Kalyanin
Andrei Shayanov
Vladimir Vorobiev
Captain Konstantin Rudenko
Most games Alexander Koreshkov (78)
Most points Alexander Koreshkov (83)
IIHF code KAZ
IIHF ranking 17 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 11 (2006)
Lowest IIHF ranking 21 (2003)
Team colors               
IIHF-Uniform-KAZ.png
First international
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kazakhstan 5–1 Ukraine 
(St. Petersburg, Russia; 14 April 1992)
Biggest win
 Kazakhstan 52–1 Thailand 
(Changchun, China; 29 January 2007)
Biggest defeat
 United States 10–0 Kazakhstan 
(Cologne, Germany; 15 May 2010)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 18 (first in 1993)
Best result 12th (2005)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 5 (first in 1996)
Best result Gold medal.svg Gold (1996, 1999, 2011)
Olympics
Appearances 2 (first in 1998)
International record (W–L–T)
149–100–14
Medal record
Asian Winter Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Harbin Team
Gold medal – first place 1999 Kangwon Team
Gold medal – first place 2011 Astana-Almaty Team
Silver medal – second place 2003 Aomori Team
Silver medal – second place 2007 Changchun Team

The Kazakhstan men's national ice hockey team is controlled by Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation. Kazakhstan is currently ranked 16th in the world. In their first Olympic Games in 1998, the Kazakhs were able to win their preliminary group, surprising many, and would finish the tournament in 8th place. Their head coach is Andrei Nazarov. Unlike most European countries, the national team officially began competing against other nations as a member of the IIHF in the 1993 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, one year after being admitted into the federation.[1]

Since the country's independence in 1992, a total of 27 players have been drafted into the NHL.[2] (note: link does not include Evgeni Nabokov, Anton Khudobin, Maxim Kuznetsov, Maxim Birbraer, Konstantin Barulin, Alexander Perezhogin, Dimitri Pätzold and Pavel Vorobiev.[3] These players play internationally elsewhere). However Vitali Kolesnik, who was never drafted, had a brief stint with the Colorado Avalanche.[4]

The national team has played at the Championship level 7 times (1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 (qualified)).

The hockey system of Kazakhstan is ranked 12th best in Europe.[5]

The team is the most successful team at the Asian Games, winning it three times, and are the current highest ranked Asian team.

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

  • 1998 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 9th place

World Championships[edit]

  • 1993 – Finished in 23rd place (3rd in Pool C)
  • 1994 – Finished in 24th place (4th in Pool C)
  • 1995 – Finished in 22nd place (2nd in Pool C)
  • 1996 – Finished in 21st place (1st in Pool C)
  • 1997 – Finished in 14th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 1998 – Finished in 16th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in Pool B)
  • 2000 – Finished in 18th place (2nd in Pool B)
  • 2001 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group B)
  • 2002 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2003 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division I, Group A)
  • 2004 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2005 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2008 – Finished in 20th place (2nd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2009 – Finished in 17th place (1st in Division I, Group A)
  • 2010 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2011 – Finished in 17th place (1st Division I, Group B)
  • 2012 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2013 – Finished in 17th place (1st Division I, Group A)
  • 2014 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2015 – Finished in 17th place (1st Division I, Group A)

Asian Winter Games[edit]

  • 19961st 1st place
  • 19991st 1st place
  • 20032nd 2nd place
  • 20072nd 2nd place
  • 20111st 1st place

Team[edit]

2015 roster[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2015 IIHF World Championship Division I from 19 to 25 April 2015:[6]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of Birth Team
1 Pavel Poluektov L 181 cm 82 kg 20 January 1992 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
30 Dmitri Malgin L 185 cm 84 kg 28 July 1987 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of Birth Team
2 Roman Savchenko L 189 cm 91 kg 28 July 1988 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
3 Vyacheslav Tryasunov R 182 cm 86 kg 24 June 1985 Kazakhstan Yertis Pavlodar
4 Kevin Dallman R 182 cm 90 kg 26 February 1981 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
5 Alexei Litvinenko L 200 cm 104 kg 7 March 1980 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
7 Maxim Semyonov L 182 cm 83 kg 9 February 1984 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
9 Artemi Lakiza L 176 cm 83 kg 2 July 1987 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
16 Alexander Lipin L 187 cm 84 kg 19 December 1985 Kazakhstan Yertis Pavlodar
27 Leonid Metalnikov L 183 cm 84 kg 25 April 1990 Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of Birth Team
8 Talgat Zhailauov (A) R 174 cm 76 kg 7 July 1985 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
11 Konstantin Savenkov L 183 cm 79 kg 25 March 1990 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
13 Evgeni Rymarev L 175 cm 76 kg 9 September 1988 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
14 Alexei Vorontsov L 184 cm 87 kg 18 January 1986 Kazakhstan Yertis Pavlodar
15 Maxim Khudyakov R 171 cm 75 kg 18 August 1986 Kazakhstan Yertis Pavlodar
57 Mikhail Panshin R 181 cm 87 kg 2 May 1983 Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
18 Fedor Polishchuk L 174 cm 79 kg 4 July 1979 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
21 Konstantin Pushkaryov L 181 cm 83 kg 12 February 1985 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
22 Roman Starchenko (A) L 178 cm 82 kg 12 May 1986 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
23 Andrei Spiridonov R 180 cm 86 kg 21 May 1982 Kazakhstan Kazzinc-Torpedo
26 Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev L 188 cm 90 kg 16 August 1983 Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
28 Konstantin Rudenko (C) R 179 cm 81 kg 23 July 1981 Kazakhstan Barys Astana

List of head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KAZ - Kazakhstan". International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Bill Meltzer (31 December 2008). "Young Kazakhs gaining international experience". National Hockey League (NHL). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Ty Dilello (3 April 2013). "From Ust-Kamenogorsk to NHL". International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vitali Kolesnik's career statistics". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Russian league tops first CHL ranking". International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). 8 March 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "Team Roster: KAZ - Kazakhstan". 2015 IIHF World Championship Division I. 20 April 2015. 

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