Spain men's national ice hockey team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
The coat of arms of Spain is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Association Federación Española de Deportes de Hielo
Head coach Luciano Basile
Timo Tuomi
Assistants Mauricio Mansi
Captain Salvador Barnola
Most games Iñaki Salegui (61)
Most points Iñaki Salegui (72)
IIHF code ESP
IIHF ranking 30 Decrease1
Highest IIHF ranking 29 (first in 2011)
Lowest IIHF ranking 37 (first in 2005)
Team colors                    
First international
 Spain 6–4 Belgium 
(Luchon, France; December 21, 1923)
Biggest win
 Spain 38–0 Turkey 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 27, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 19–0 Spain 
(Las Palmas, Spain; March 13, 1978)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 30 (first in 1977)
Best result 22nd (1977)
International record (W–L–T)
71–109–11

The Spanish men's national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey of Spain, and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

History[edit]

On March 10, 1923,[1] Spain joined the IIHF after the Spanish Winter Sports Federation was founded in the same year. After building an artificial rink in Madrid, Spain, they entered their first international tournament in late 1923. Spain won their first international game against Belgium in the Challenge de Haute–Garonne tournament held in Bagnères-de-Luchon, France. They lost their next game in the tournament to France.[2]

In 1924, Spain competed in the Ice Hockey European Championships held in Milan, Italy. During their first game against Switzerland, two of Spain's seven players were injured. Due to this, Switzerland agreed to play with only five players allowing the game to continue. Switzerland ended up winning 12–0. Spain was forced to forfeit their second game against Sweden due to the injuries suffered by their players. Sweden had also agreed to play with five players.[2]

After the European Championships, Spain entered the Coupe de Davos in Davos, Switzerland. Days before the tournament, Spain had upset Switzerland 4–0. The tournament had 12 teams broken into four groups with Spain being placed in group two along with Switzerland and Germany. Spain lost to Switzerland, 6–0 and to Germany, 7–0. Spain also lost to Germany's second team, 2–0 but avoided being in last place by beating Italy, 4–0. On January 1, 1925, Spain played Germany's second team again, winning in double overtime 3–1. After beating Germany, Spain went on a Swiss tour winning three of the games they played. Spain played in the Challenge de Haute–Garonne for the second time in January 1925. During the tournament, they defeated Belgium's second team 4–1 and tied France 3–3.[2]

In 1926, Spain again competed in the European Championships held in Davos, Switzerland. In their first game against Belgium, Spain lost 5–0. They also lost their second game to Czechoslovakia (9-2). In the consolation pool, Spain tied Italy 2–2 and lost to Poland, 4–1.[2]

Spain has competed in the IIHF World Championship Division II since it began in 2001. During the first year of the tournament in 2001, Spain defeated South Africa, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand. However they lost to South Korea preventing Spain from finishing in first.[3] In 2002, Spain finished in third place in Group B after defeating Bulgaria, Iceland and Luxembourg and losing to Yugoslavia and Lithuania.[4] During the 2003 version of the tournament, Spain defeated South Africa, Mexico and Australia and lost to Yugoslavia and South Korea. Spain finished in third place in Group A.[5] Spain hosted the Division II tournament in 2004 and finished fourth place in Group A by defeating Israel and Luxembourg. Spain lost to China, Croatia and Australia.[6] 2005 was a down year for Spain as they finished in fifth place in Group B with only two points. Spain's only win came against Iceland while they lost to Serbia and Montenegro, Belgium, Israel and North Korea.[7]

In 2006, they lost to Serbia and Montenegro, Romania men's national ice hockey team and twice to Bulgaria while beating South Africa for their lone win. They finished in fifth place in Group A for the second straight year.[8] In 2007 they defeated Bulgaria, Turkey and Serbia and lost to Belgium and Croatia. Unlike the prior two years Spain finished in third place with nine points.[9] In 2008, Spain finished in third place by defeating Australia, Iceland and Mexico and lost to China and New Zealand.[10] Spain won three games and lost two in 2009, their three wins came against Mexico, Bulgaria and South Africa while they lost to South Korea and Belgium. Spain finished in third place with nine points.[11]

Spain was ranked 34th in the IIHF World Rankings in 2009. In 2010, Spain rose in the rankings to 30th and competed in Division II of the 2010 IIHF World Championship. They finished first in their group at the tournament and hence got promoted to Division I for the first time in their history.[1]

World Championship Record[edit]

Year Division Position GP W D L
Tier Div. Ov Div.
Denmark 1977 3 Pool C 22 5 6 1 0 5
Spain 1978 3 Pool C 23 7 7 1 0 6
Spain 1979 3 Group C 24 6 7 2 0 5
1981 Did not participate
Spain 1982 3 Group C 23 7 7 1 0 6
Hungary 1983 3 Group C 23 7 7 1 1 5
France 1985 3 Group C 24 8 7 0 0 7
Spain 1986 3 Group C 24 8 6 2 0 4
1987 Did not participate
Belgium 1989 4 Group D 28 4 4 1 0 3
United Kingdom 1990 4 Group D 28 4 4 0 2 2
1991 Did not participate
South Africa 1992 4 Group C2 27 1 5 5 0 0
Slovenia 1993 3 Group C 29 5 5 1 0 4
Spain 1994 4 Group C2 29 2 5 3 1 1
South Africa 1995 4 Group C2 32 3 5 4 0 1
Lithuania 1996 4 Group D 31 3 5 2 1 2
Andorra 1997 4 Group D 31 3 5 2 0 3
Hungary 1998 3 Group C 32 8 5 0 2 3
South Africa 1999 4 Group D 33 1 4 3 1 0
China 2000 3 Group C 31 7 4 1 1 2
Spain 2001 3 Div II 31 2 5 4 1 0
Yugoslavia 2002 3 Div II 33 3 5 3 0 2
Korea 2003 3 Div II 33 3 5 3 2 0
Spain 2004 3 Div II 35 4 5 2 1 2
Serbia and Montenegro 2005 3 Div II 37 5 5 1 0 4
Bulgaria 2006 3 Div II 37 5 5 1 0 4
Croatia 2007 3 Div II 34 3 5 3 0 2
Australia 2008 3 Div II 34 3 5 3 0 2
Bulgaria 2009 3 Div II 33 3 5 3 0 2
Mexico 2010 3 Div II 30 1 5 5 0 0
Hungary 2011 2 Div I 26 5 4 1 0 3
Iceland 2012 4 Div II A 30 2 5 4 0 1
Croatia 2013 4 Div II A 34 6 5 0 0 5
Spain 2014 5 Div II B 35 1 5 5 0 0

2014 World Championship team[edit]

Pos. No. Player DoB (Age) Team
GK 1 Alder Alcaine (1991-12-20) December 20, 1991 (age 22) Spain CD Hielo Bipolo Vitoria - Gasteiz
GK 25 Aaron Carretero (1988-07-12) July 12, 1988 (age 26) Spain Barcelona
D 3 Inigo Gainza (1995-02-16) February 16, 1995 (age 19) Spain Barcelona
D 22 Guillermo Betran (1985-10-12) October 12, 1985 (age 28) Spain CH Jaca
D 4 Jorge Vea (1994-04-15) April 15, 1994 (age 20) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin
D 9 Juan Antonio Brabo (1987-05-05) May 5, 1987 (age 27) Spain CH Jaca
D 12 Juan Jose Palacin (1975-09-25) September 25, 1975 (age 38) Spain CH Jaca
D 19 Adrian Ubieto (1993-03-11) March 11, 1993 (age 21) Spain CH Jaca
D 10 Alejandro Hernandez (1991-12-23) December 23, 1991 (age 22) Spain CD Hielo Bipolo Vitoria - Gasteiz
F 23 Carlos Quevedo (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 21) Finland FPS Forssa
F 21 Oriol Boronat (1992-05-22) May 22, 1992 (age 22) Spain Barcelona
F 11 Juan Munoz (1990-08-30) August 30, 1990 (age 24) Spain CD Hielo Bipolo Vitoria - Gasteiz
F 15 Javier Garcia-Arias (1990-09-04) September 4, 1990 (age 24) Spain SAD Majadahonda
F 13 Pol Gonzalez (1990-09-04) September 4, 1990 (age 24) Canada Ottawa University
F 17 Alejandro Pedraz (1990-09-04) September 4, 1990 (age 24) Spain SAD Majadahonda
F 18 Alejandro Carbonell (1994-01-16) January 16, 1994 (age 20) Spain Jaca
F 16 Patricio Fuentes (1995-03-13) March 13, 1995 (age 19) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin
F 6 Salvador Barnola (1977-09-06) September 6, 1977 (age 37) Spain Puigcerdà
F 5 Adrian Betran (1990-05-19) May 19, 1990 (age 24) Spain Jaca
F 14 Marc Ribas (1988-02-28) February 28, 1988 (age 26) Spain Barcelona
F 24 Pablo Muñoz (1987-04-26) April 26, 1987 (age 27) Spain Barcelona
F 8 Ignacio Solorzano (1995-02-09) February 9, 1995 (age 19) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin
F 7 Pablo Puyuelo (1993-11-23) November 23, 1993 (age 20) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Spain". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "History of Ice Hockey in Spain". Spanish Ice Sports Federation. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "2001 IIHF World". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "2002 IIHF World Championship Div II, Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "2003 IIHF World Championship Div II,Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "2004 IIHF World Championship Div II Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "2005 IIHF World Championship Div II Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "2006 IIHF World Championship Div II Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "2007 IIHF World Championships Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "2008 IIHF World Championship Div. II Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "2009 IIHF World Championship Div. II Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  12. ^ [1] IIHF World Championship DIV II Group A, MEN - Spain Team Roster. Retrieved April 7, 2008.

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