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 Vacant
Head coach Andrei Nazarov
Assistants Vacant
Captain Nik Antropov
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               
Kazakhstan national hockey team jerseys.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
Silver medal.svg Silver: 2 – 2003, 2007
Olympics
Appearances 2 (first in 1998)
International record (W–L–T)
144–100–14
Medal record
Asian Winter Games
Gold 1996 Harbin Team
Gold 1999 Kangwon Team
Gold 2011 Astana-Almaty Team
Silver 2003 Aomori Team
Silver 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 Ari-Pekka Selin. 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 6 times (1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 (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.

Olympic record[edit]

  • 1994 – Did not qualify
  • 1998 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2002 – Did not qualify
  • 2006 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2010 – Did not qualify
  • 2014 – Did not qualify

World Championships record[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

Asian Winter Games record[edit]

  • 1996 - 1st 1st place
  • 1999 - 1st 1st place
  • 2003 - 2nd 2nd place
  • 2007 - 2nd 2nd place
  • 2011 - 1st 1st place

List of head coaches[edit]

2014 IIHF World Championships roster[edit]

The following players were selected for the 2014 IIHF World Championship from 9 to 25 May 2014:[6]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of Birth Team
31 Vitali Yeremeyev L 184 cm 92 kg September 23, 1975 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
28 Alexei Ivanov L 186 cm 88 kg May 4, 1988 Russia Spartak Moscow
1 Pavel Poluektov L 181 cm 82 kg January 20, 1992 Kazakhstan Nomad Astana
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of Birth Team
52 Anton Kazantsev L 189 cm 90 kg August 26, 1986 Russia Yermak Angarsk
29 Alexei Vasilchenko L 186 cm 93 kg March 29, 1981 Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk
5 Alexei Litvinenko (A) L 200 cm 105 kg March 7, 1980 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
7 Maxim Semyonov L 182 cm 83 kg February 9, 1984 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
55 Evgeni Blokhin L 189 cm 93 kg May 29, 1979 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
2 Roman Savchenko L 189 cm 91 kg July 28, 1988 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
38 Kevin Dallman R 182 cm 90 kg February 26, 1981 Russia SKA Saint Petersburg
87 Artemi Lakiza L 176 cm 82 kg July 2, 1987 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of Birth Team
8 Talgat Zhailauov R 174 cm 77 kg July 7, 1985 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
18 Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev L 188 cm 92 kg August 16, 1983 Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
48 Roman Starchenko L 175 cm 82 kg May 12, 1986 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
36 Dmitri Upper (A) R 186 cm 93 kg July 27, 1978 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
25 Andrei Gavrilin L 187 cm 93 kg July 24, 1978 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
81 Konstantin Pushkaryov L 181 cm 83 kg February 12, 1985 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
85 Konstantin Romanov L 183 cm 84 kg March 14, 1985 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
80 Nik Antropov (C) L 199 cm 110 kg February 19, 1980 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
18 Fedor Polishchuk L 174 cm 79 kg July 4, 1979 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
57 Mikhail Panshin R 181 cm 87 kg May 2, 1983 Kazakhstan Barys Astana
82 Andrei Spiridonov R 180 cm 86 kg May 21, 1982 Kazakhstan Nomad Astana

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KAZ - Kazakhstan". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bill Meltzer (December 31, 2008). "Young Kazakhs gaining international experience". National Hockey League. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ty Dilello (April 3, 2013). "From Ust-Kamenogorsk to NHL". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vitali Kolesnik's career statistics". Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Russian league tops first CHL ranking". International Ice Hockey Federation. March 8, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Team Roster: KAZ - Kazakhstan". 2014 IIHF World Championship. May 10, 2014. 

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