United Arab Emirates men's national ice hockey team

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United Arab Emirates
Shirt badge/Association crest
The United Arab Emirates uses their national emblem as the badge on the teams jerseys
Nickname(s) فريق دبي (Team Dubai)
Association UAE Ice Hockey Association
General Manager United Arab Emirates Hamel al-Qubaisi
Head coach Belarus Yuri Faikov
Assistants Finland Juhani Ijas
Captain United Arab Emirates Juma al-Dhaheri
Most games United Arab Emirates Juma al-Dhaheri (65)
United Arab Emirates Omar al-Shamshi (65)
Most points United Arab Emirates Juma al-Dhaheri (136)
IIHF code UAE
IIHF ranking 45 Increase2
Highest IIHF ranking 45 (April 2014)
Lowest IIHF ranking 47 (2010–February 2014)
Team colors                    
First international
 United Arab Emirates 4–0 Thailand 
(Changchun, China; January 26, 2007)
Biggest win
 United Arab Emirates 25–0 Bahrain 
(Astana, Kazakhstan; January 31, 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Kazakhstan 38–0 United Arab Emirates 
(Changchun, China; January 27, 2007)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 1 (first in 2010)
Best result 46 (2010, 2013)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 2 (first in 2007)
Best result 6th (2007)
Arab Cup of Ice Hockey
Appearances 1 (first in 2008)
Best result Med 1.png (2008)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 5 (first in 2009)
Best result Med 1.png (2009, 2012)
Gulf Ice Hockey Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2010)
Best result Med 1.png (2010, 2012, 2014)
International record (W–L–T)
52–25–2

The UAE ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of the United Arab Emirates. The team is operated under the UAE Ice Hockey Association, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

History[edit]

In June 2008, UAE took part in the inaugural Arab Cup of Ice Hockey in Abu Dhabi, also involving the national teams of Algeria, Morocco and Kuwait. UAE went on to finish first in the standings and won the gold medal after defeating Kuwait 4-1. UAE won gold in the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia.

In 2010, the team became the first from an Arab nation to play in the IIHF World Championships when they participated in the IIHF Division III World Championship.[1] Although the team was not ranked in the world rankings, they played against Ireland, Luxembourg, and Greece, and finished last in the group with a record of four losses. Their new head coach is Teemu Taruvuori of Finland. In May they participated in the Kuwaiti organised Gulf Ice Hockey Championship, finishing first after winning all three of their games.[2]

Withdrawal from 2011 IIHF tournament[edit]

UAE decided to withdraw from the Division III tournament in Cape Town, South Africa because the UAE national team didn't perform well enough in 2010 Division III tournament in Luxembourg. UAE withdrew their team from World Championships in order to improve their play to be more competitive.

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of June 12, 2014

Team GP W T L GF GA
 Kuwait 10 10 0 0 44 9
 Thailand 8 6 0 2 31 25
 Malaysia 5 5 0 0 36 4
 Hong Kong 5 2 1 2 17 13
 Chinese Taipei 5 2 0 3 21 11
 Mongolia 4 4 0 0 16 4
 Greece 3 1 0 2 6 11
 Macau 2 2 0 0 15 0
 Algeria 2 2 0 0 16 6
 Oman 2 2 0 0 19 3
 Qatar 2 2 0 0 13 3
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 25 0
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 14 1
 India 1 1 0 0 10 0
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 9 0
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 9 1
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 4 2
 Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1 0 38
 Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 0 14
 South Africa 1 0 0 1 0 15
 Luxembourg 2 0 0 2 3 11
 North Korea 2 0 0 2 5 14
 Ireland 2 0 0 2 5 15
Total 63 44 1 18 318 200

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loonen, Joeri (2010-04-20). "From Abu Dhabi to the Acropolis". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  2. ^ Merk, Martin (2010-06-08). "UAE wins Gulf Championship". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 

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