Iran men's national ice hockey team
|Nickname(s)||White Lions (Persian: شیرهای سفید)|
|Association||Islamic Republic of Iran Skating Federation|
| Macau 7–1 Iran |
(Sapporo, Japan; 18 February 2017)
| Iran 10–3 Indonesia |
(Sapporo, Japan; 20 February 2017)
| Turkmenistan 12–2 Iran |
(Sapporo, Japan; 23 February 2017)
|International record (W–L–T)|
The Iranian national ice hockey team (Persian: تیم ملی هاکی روی یخ ایران) is the national ice hockey team of Iran. The team founded in June 2016, is controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran Skating Federation, who aspires of becoming a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Ice hockey in Iran
Back in the 1970s, ice hockey was played as a recreation sport by the general public at "Ice Palace" (Persian: قصر یخ) which was located in Pahlavi Street before Vanak Square, there was also another ice rink located in Aryamehr Sport Complex which was only used for ice skating. As a result of Iranian Revolution, ice hockey and skating became banned, hence ice rinks got closed down.
Farzad Houshidari is among the first Iranians who played ice hockey abroad. Houshidari became the first player who has started ice hockey in Iran and played professionally abroad. Although there were or currently are many notable players of Iranian-origin across the globe, Daniel Rahimi, Mika Zibanejad and Rhett Rakhshani all were selected in the NHL Entry Draft, with Zibanejad and Rakhshani playing in the NHL. Both Rahimi and Zibanejad have represented Sweden in international competitions while Rakhshani represented the United States. Currently there are two players of Iranian-origin in Oman, Mustafa Hamedi and Ali Reza Rasoli. Umut Taherzadeh have represented Turkey internationally. Other notable players are Mark Ardelan, Ryan Mior, Farzad Khojasteh and Arian Ali-Zade. Also a Canadian player, Calvin Crowe was born in Tehran.
There are currently three Ice Rinks which are Aramis Sports Complex (Tehran), Damoon Shopping Center (Kish Island) and Padide Shandiz Shopping Center (Mashhad), which were respectively opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015. There is a standard Ice Rink underconstruction in Tehran.
In July 2015, Taylan Aytac from Turkey, taught in Iran's first ice hockey workshop which was held in Aramis Sports Complex in Tehran, which was also attended by Iranian trainee-instructors Pooya Ghandali and Saman Goodarzi.
On 1 October 2016, the first ice hockey match was played between two Iranian teams in a friendly in Padide Ice Rink in Mashhad, Padide defeated Khorasan Razavi 5-4. It must be noted that both teams have been training twice a day since September 2016.
As of 2015, Iran decided to form a national Ice Hockey team with the intension of participating at the 2017 Asian Winter Games. A team was formed in the first quarter of 2016 after Iran made a campaign of recruiting players of Iranian heritage who live abroad. In order to fast track the creation of a national team, the coaching staff decided that it would be best to select players from the Iran national inline hockey team powered by hockey players of Iranian-origin from abroad. In 2016 three national camps were held, 26–28 June in Asiago (Italy), 20–27 August in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and 21–24 December in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). In each camp players were coached by three different instructors, Christian Müller from Germany, Former Head Coach of Kyrgyzstan and Yenbek Almaty, Sergei Shavernev from Kazakhstan, and Head Coach of Dubai White Bears Troy Kahler from Canada.
Iran was to participate at the 2017 Asian Winter Games, but was disqualified after a number of Iranian players were deemed ineligible to compete in the regional games. Reported concerns leading to the disqualification includes some players failing to reside in Iran for at least three years despite having Iranian heritage, and claims of some players having represented other countries. The games was supposed to be the team's first tournament.
The Olympic Council of Asia allowed Iran to play its scheduled games at the Asian Winter Games but the matches were considered exhibition games and results did not count in the competition standings. Iran's first match against a national team was the 7–1 defeat to Macau in Sapporo, Japan. The game was supposed to be Iran's first match at the Asian Winter Games if they were not disqualified. They won 10–3 in their second exhibition game against Indonesia in Sapporo.
- Head of Iran Ice Hockey and Inline Hockey National Teams: Kaveh Sedghi 2016-2017
- Acting Head Coach: Christian Müller 2016-2017
- Team Manager: vacant
- Head Coach: vacant
- Coach: vacant
- Coach: vacant
- Physical Trainer: vacant
|35||Benjamin Ghaffari||G||-||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)||13 September 1997||IK Pantern U20|
|31||Oveis Hassanzadeh||G||L||Aug 1992||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|87||Schahab Aminikia||D||-||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||7 April 1988||Kölner EC II|
|24||Maziar Ghorbani||D||-||1986||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|27||Jalal Keyhanfar||D||-||Nov 1991||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|28||Mohammadreza Mahdavian +A||D||-||1978||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|81||Shahryar Amini +C||F||R||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)||18 November 1981||Camel Rapperswil-Jona|
|14||Kayan Farsad||F||L||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)||25 June 1996||Colorado Thunderbirds|
|40||Saman Forotan||F||R||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)||2 June 1997||Lund Giants HC|
|9||Hamid Gharaee||F||L||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)||2 September 1999||Gottéron U20|
|7||Kian Habibian||F||-||1999||Club Olympique de Courbevoie|
|22||Hamidreza Hedayatpour||F||-||26 March 1990||TNT|
|38||Farzad Houshidari||F||R||6 September 1987||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Samson Mahbod +A||F||R||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)||3 February 1989||KHL Medveščak Zagreb|
|82||Mahmoudreza Mahdavian||F||-||1987||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|77||Nima Mehraban||F||-||Dec 1990||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|26||Karan Moallim||F||-||13 November 1990||EC Wedemark Scorpions|
|16||Nadim Moslemi||F||R||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)||10 September 1989||Former: Barley Kings|
|?||Jeremy Rezaeepour||F||L||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)||3 March 1994||UTEP Miners|
|4||Daniel Rezaie||F||L||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||7 November 1996||Solna SK|
|61||Amin Youssefi||F||L||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)||10 May 1994||South Muskoka Shield|
Legend: +A, Assistant captain, +C Captain, +R Reserve player
The following players had either attended the first national team camp which was held in Asiago, Roana in Italy from 26–28 June 2016 or the second national team camp held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 20–27 August 2016 and some players attended both camps. Others expressed their interest or had either been invited to join the national team.
|?||Dario Khazaei||G||-||-||Uedesheim Chiefs|
|1||Saeed Ahmad Mohiman||G||-||12 June 1984||Dubai Falcons|
|80||Nickon Yazdani||G||-||2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)||1998||Reston Raiders HC, Virginia|
|78||Erfan Zanganeh||G||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Arian Abdi||D||L||-||UCSD Tritons|
|10||Mujtaba Aghamohammadi||D||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Mikey Anvari||D||-||-||Former: Cobra Kai|
|?||Majid Ayar||-||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Sina Fasihi||D||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Saman Goodarzi||D||-||11 October 1988||Qazvin Inline Hockey Team|
|?||Sepehr Mirheydari||-||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|21||Mohammad Reza Medadi||D||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|73||Farshad Moghadasi||D||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Joobin Mozaffarimehr||D||L||1988||Former: SCU Broncos|
|66||Daruosh Razavi||D||-||6 June 1996||Dubai Mighty Camels|
|70||Ali Satar||D||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|26||Jonathan Zarghami||D||R||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)||3 October 1995||West Island Royals|
|?||Navid Zolfagharpour||-||-||27 October 1995||Enghelab Skating Academy|
|30||Navid Alizadeh||F||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|9||Danial Bagheri||F||-||Jan 1995||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Arad Bagherpour||F||-||-||Former: Hacettepe University Ice Deers|
|?||Soltan Danesh||F||-||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||1985||Bad Beat|
|36||Mohammad Farzaneh||F||-||Jun 1991||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Nolan Gaudreau||F||-||-||Rebel Scrum|
|?||Masoud Ali Hashemiyan||C||-||14 May 1990||Former: Dubai White Bears|
|99||Amir Heydari||F||-||-||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Marcel Khorsand||F||-||-||Former: SCU Broncos|
|8||Amin Korehei||F||-||Sep 1998||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|8||Masood Mohiman||F||-||2 May 1985||Dubai Falcons|
|00||Arsalan Monfared||F||-||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)||21 September 1980||Iran Inline Hockey NT|
|?||Adrian Rejaeyan||F||L||6 June 2001||SDE HF|
|?||Aden Soltani||F||-||21 April 1988||Edinburgh Phoenix|
|?||A.J. Moshyedi||F||R||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)||2 May 2003||Washington Little Capitals U16|
Asian Winter Games
All-time record against other nations
Last match update: 24 February 2017
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