Georgia men's national ice hockey team

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Georgia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Georgian Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Gocha Jeiranashvili
Assistants Boris Kochkin
Captain Vitali Dumbadze
Team colors          
IIHF code GEO
Ranking
Current IIHF 45 Increase2
Highest IIHF 44 (2016)
Lowest IIHF 48 (first in 2013)
First international
 South Africa 8–1 Georgia 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 12 April 2010)
Biggest win
 Georgia 19–0 United Arab Emirates 
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 13 April 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Armenia 22–1 Georgia 
(Yerevan, Armenia; 12 April 2010)
 North Korea 22–1 Georgia 
(Luxembourg, Luxembourg; 6 April 2014)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 4 (first in 2013)
Best result 43rd (2017)
International record (W–L–T)
6–16–0

The Georgia national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Georgia, and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. The team first played in the IIHF World Championships in 2013, though they have only appeared at the Division III level, as well as the 2018 Winter Olympic qualification.

History[edit]

Georgia and Greece during the 2013 World Championship Division III Qualification. Greece won the match 13-0.

As the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Georgia played its first game in 1962 during the Winter Spartakiad which was held in Sverdlovsk, USSR. Georgia played seven games, winning their matches against the Kirghiz SSR and Armenian SSR, while losing the remaining games to the Lithuanian SSR twice, Kazakh SSR, Estonian SSR and Latvian SSR.[1]

In 2009 Georgia joined the International Ice Hockey Federation as an associate member.[2] Georgia returned to international play in 2010 where they played two friendly games in Yerevan, Armenia against South Africa and Armenia, losing both games 8–1 and 22–1 respectively.[1] In 2012 Georgia made their debut in the World Championship, competing in the 2013 IIHF World Championship Division III Qualification tournament being held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They lost all three games and failed to qualify for the 2013 IIHF World Championship Division III tournament. Georgia participated in the Olympic qualification tournament in 2015 for the 2018 Winter Olympics. They played the first game of the qualification against Bulgaria, losing the match 9–1.[3]

At the 2016 IIHF World Championship Division III Georgia finished second in the group winning four games out of five and narrowly losing to Turkey 4–5. However all their matches were later nullified, and the results recorded as 5–0 forfeits, due to Georgia's use of ineligible players.[4] They finished third in the 2017 tournament.[5]

World Championship record[edit]

Team[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[6]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Kakha Ambrolava L 172 cm 58 kg (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 24) Georgia (country) Mimino Bakuriani
20 Andrei Ilienko L 177 cm 70 kg (1994-08-16) 16 August 1994 (age 22) Georgia (country) Fiery Crusaders Tbilsi
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
21 Grigori Filimonov R 185 cm 82 kg (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 21) Georgia (country) Ice Knights Tbilisi
1 Giorgi Jeiranashvili L 186 cm 113 kg (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 25) Georgia (country) Mimino Bakuriani
19 Artyom Kozyulin R 191 cm 82 kg (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 21) Georgia (country) Grey Wolves Tbilisi
6 Artyom Kurbatov R 177 cm 65 kg (1994-04-11) 11 April 1994 (age 23) Georgia (country) Fiery Crusaders Tbilisi
12 Davit Minasiani R 181 cm 70 kg (1992-07-14) 14 July 1992 (age 24) Georgia (country) Mimino Bakuriani
9 Gia Oganeziani R 179 cm 84 kg (1989-09-06) 6 September 1989 (age 27) Georgia (country) Mimino Bakuriani
18 Revaz Tsomaia L 176 cm 88 kg (1980-06-09) 9 June 1980 (age 37) Georgia (country) Grey Wolves Tbilisi
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
7 Vitali Dumbadze L 187 cm 85 kg (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 26) Georgia (country) Fiery Crusaders Tbilisi
8 Amiran Geperidze R 185 cm 85 kg (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 24) Georgia (country) Mimino Bakuriani
13 Gocha Jeiranashvili R 185 cm 85 kg (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 24) Georgia (country) Minimo Bakuriani
10 Paata Kavkasidze R 185 cm 85 kg (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 24) Georgia (country) Minimo Bakuriani
14 Boris Kockin R 165 cm 68 kg (1995-08-14) 14 August 1995 (age 21) Georgia (country) Grey Wolves Tbilisi
22 Davit Oganeziani L 180 cm 77 kg (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997 (age 20) Georgia (country) Minimo Bakuriani
23 Mikhail Shalunov L 182 cm 75 kg (1999-02-24) 24 February 1999 (age 18) Georgia (country) Grey Wolves Tbilisi
3 Dmitri Shamin R 180 cm 82 kg (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 (age 22) Georgia (country) Ice Knights Tbilisi
17 Dimitri Smetanin R 186 cm 90 kg (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 22) Georgia (country) Ice Knights Tbilisi
24 Roland Svanidze R 181 cm 85 kg (1987-11-01) 1 November 1987 (age 29) Georgia (country) Ice Knights Tbilisi

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of 6 April 2016

Team Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GDiff
 Armenia 1 0 0 1 1 22 –21
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 12 1 +11
 Bulgaria 2 0 0 2 2 28 –26
 Greece 1 0 0 1 0 13 –13
 Hong Kong 3 1 0 2 17 26 –9
 Luxembourg 3 1 0 2 8 34 –26
 Mongolia 1 0 0 1 0 6 –6
 North Korea 2 0 0 2 5 36 –31
 South Africa 2 1 0 1 7 13 –6
 Turkey 2 0 0 2 5 18 –13
 United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 7 19 –12
Total 22 6 0 16 64 216 –152

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Georgia All Time Results" (PDF). National Teams of Ice Hockey. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Georgia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  3. ^ Tchechankov, Ivan (2015-10-11). "Bulgaria advances". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  4. ^ IIHF (2016). "2016 IIHF World Championship Div III Scores". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  5. ^ Tchachankov, Ivan (2017-04-17). "First gold for Luxembourg". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  6. ^ "2016 World Championships Division 3 Georgia. (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 

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