Ireland men's national ice hockey team

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Ireland
Shirt badge/Association crest
The Irish badge features the golden clàrsach on a green background which is also used on the Green harp flag, one of the flags used to represent Ireland.
Association Irish Ice Hockey Association
General Manager James Pepper
Head coach Kenneth Redmond
Assistants Mark Perres
Robert Stewart
Captain David Morrison
Most games Robert Leckey (38)
Most points Gareth Roberts (36)
Team colors               
IIHF code IRL
Ranking
Current IIHF not ranked
Highest IIHF 40 (2008)
Lowest IIHF 48 (2015)
First international
 Mexico 8–3 Ireland 
(Reykjavík, Iceland; 16 March 2004)
Biggest win
 Ireland 23–1 Armenia 
(Mexico City, Mexico; 8 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Romania 22–0 Ireland 
(Zagreb, Croatia; 13 April 2011)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 10 (first in 2004)
Best result 40th (2008)
Development Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd (2017)
International record (W–L–T)
15–32–1

The Irish national ice hockey team (Irish: Foireann haca oighir náisiúnta na hÉireann) is the national ice hockey team of the Republic of Ireland run by the Irish Ice Hockey Association and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 26 September 1996. Ireland gained promotion to Division II of the IIHF in 2007, but after a poor performance in their Division II debut, the team has been relegated to Division III. They have not played in a world championship since placing 4th with 6 points in 2013. With the closure of the Dundalk Ice Dome and they no longer meet their minimum participation standards. The team had members from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has a working relationship with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) and new Irish clubs, Flyers Ice Hockey Club and Dundalk Bulls.

History[edit]

The Republic of Ireland was accepted into the International Ice Hockey Federation in May 1996 after a nomination by Great Britain and a second by Canada. They have not had a long history of international competition, with the Irish national team first competing in 2004.

IIHF World ranking[edit]

In the IIHF World Ranking, Ireland is currently not ranked as of 21 May 2017.[1]

International competition[edit]

2004 IIHF World Championship Division III; Reykjavík, Iceland[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 3 – Mexico 8
Game 2. Armenia 1 – Ireland 15
Game 3. Ireland 1 – Iceland 7
Game 4. Turkey 7 – Ireland 4
Final result: fourth place, one win, three losses for 2 points, 23 goals for, 23 goals against

2005 IIHF World Championship Division III; Mexico City, Mexico[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 23 – Armenia 1
Game 2. Luxembourg 8 – Ireland 4
Game 3. Ireland 4 – South Africa 5
Game 4. Mexico 6 – Ireland 1
Final result: fourth place, one win, three losses for 2 points, 32 goals for, 20 goals against

2006 IIHF World Championship Division III; Reykjavík, Iceland[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 0 – Armenia 6
Game 2. Iceland 8 – Ireland 0
Game 3. Turkey 2 – Ireland 2
Game 4. Ireland 3 – Luxembourg 1
Final result: fourth place, one win, two losses, one tie for 3 points, 5 goals for, 17 goals against

2007 IIHF World Championship Division III; Dundalk, Ireland[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 11 – Mongolia 0
Game 2. Ireland 2 – New Zealand 4
Game 3. Ireland 3 – South Africa 1
Game 4. Ireland 4 – Luxembourg 3 (OT)
Final result: second place two wins, one overtime win, one loss for 8 points, 20 goals for, 8 goals against [Team Ireland are Promoted to Division II of the IIHF World Championships]

2008 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B; Miercurea Ciuc, Romania[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 1 – Serbia 13
Game 2. Ireland 4 – Bulgaria 7
Game 3. Ireland 1 – Belgium 9
Game 4. Ireland 1 – Romania 21
Game 5. Ireland 1 – Israel 7
Final result: sixth place zero wins, five losses for 0 points, 8 goals for, 57 goals against [Team Ireland is relegated to the 2009 IIHF World Championship Div III]

2009 IIHF World Championship Division III; Dunedin, New Zealand[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 3 – Greece 7
Game 2. Ireland 3 – Luxembourg 8
Game 3. Ireland 5 – Mongolia 0 (Forfeit)
Game 4. Ireland 1 – Turkey 7
Game 5. Ireland 0 – New Zealand 9
Final result: fifth place one win, four losses for 3 points, 12 goals for, 31 goals against

2010 IIHF World Championship Division III Group A; Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 6 – Luxembourg 4
Game 2. Greece 1 – Ireland 3
Game 3. United Arab Emirates – 2 Ireland 8
Final result: first place three wins, zero losses for 9 points, 17 goals for, 7 goals against [Team Ireland are Promoted to Division II of the IIHF World Championships]

2011 IIHF World Championship Division II Group B; Zagreb, Croatia[edit]

Game 1. Ireland 0 – Bulgaria 6
Game 2. China 5 – Ireland 0
Game 3. Romania 22 – Ireland 0
Game 4. Ireland 4 – Croatia 21
Game 5. Iceland 14 – Ireland 0
Final Result: sixth place zero wins, five losses, for 0 points, 4 goals for, 68 goals against [Team Ireland is relegated to the 2009 IIHF World Championship Div III]

2012 IIHF World Championship Division III; Erzurum, Turkey[edit]

Game 1. Luxembourg 7 – Ireland 2
Game 2. Ireland 5 – Greece 3
Game 3. Ireland 3 – Turkey 5
Game 4. Ireland 8 – Mongolia 4
Game 5. North Korea 5 – Ireland 0
Final result: fourth place, two wins, three losses, for 6 points, 18 goals for, 24 goals against

2013 IIHF World Championship Division III; Cape Town, South Africa[edit]

Game 1. Greece 3 – Ireland 6
Game 2. South Africa 7 – Ireland 4
Game 3. Luxembourg 5 – Ireland 0
Game 4. Ireland 1 – North Korea 2
Game 5. Ireland 7 – United Arab Emirates 3
Final Result: fourth place two wins, three loses, for 6 points, 18 goals for, 20 goals against

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

(roster taken from the IIHF. IIHF Tournament Page)

Head coach: Republic of Ireland Kenneth Redmond

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 20 Adam Pepper (6 September 1991) Besancon Eagles
GK 25 Scott Bickerstaff (13 November 1992) Wightlink Tigers
D 9 Timothy Ross O'Driscoll (28 March 1980) Ireland National Team
D 13 Dean Kelly (11 December 1981) Dublin Rovers
D 17 Stephen Balmer (23 January 1991) Streatham Redskins
D 16 Robert Leckey (29 September 1979) Belfast Junior Giants
D 19 David Morrison (2 April 1980) Belfast Junior Giants
F 23 Stephen Adams (13 July 1990) Belfast Junior Giants
F 23 Chris Adams (25 December 1986) Belfast Junior Giants
F 15 Stephen Cooper (30 October 1984) Flyers IHC
F 11 Mark Pepper (11 February 1986) Dublin Flyers
F 5 Adam Jackson-Wyatt (21 July 1990) Ireland National Team
F 10 Sean Dooley (16 January 1985) Ireland National Team
F 7 David Gibson (11 December 1981) Belfast Junior Giants
F 8 Sean Coleman (24 July 1996) Belfast Junior Giants
F 18 Conor Redmond (29 March 1995) Swindon Wildcats
F 6 Philip Catherwood (2 February 1992) Belfast Junior Giants
F 14 Stephen Hamill (26 December 1978) Belfast Junior Giants
F 24 Gareth Roberts (10 January 1986) Belfast Giants

Results and schedule[edit]

2013[edit]

WC D3
15 April 2013
16:15
Greece  3–6
(1–1, 1–1, 1–4)
 Ireland Grandwest Ice Arena, Cape Town
Attendance: 150
WC D3
16 April 2013
20:00
South Africa  7–4
(1–0, 3–2, 3–2)
 Ireland Grandwest Ice Arena, Cape Town
Attendance: 749
WC D3
18 April 2013
13:00
Luxembourg  5–0
(0–0, 2–0 3–0)
 Ireland Grandwest Ice Arena, Cape Town
Attendance: 109
WC D3
19 April 2013
13:00
Ireland  1–2
(0–0, 0–1, 1–1)
 North Korea Grandwest Ice Arena, Cape Town
Attendance: 113
WC D3
21 April 2013
16:15
Ireland  7–3
(3–1, 2–0, 2–2)
 United Arab Emirates Grandwest Ice Arena, Cape Town
Attendance: 217

2017[edit]

Development Cup
29 September 2017
22:00
Ireland  2 – 10  Morocco Palau de Gel, Canillo
Development Cup
30 September 2017
08:00
Portugal  4 – 9  Ireland Palau de Gel, Canillo
Development Cup
30 September 2017
16:00
Ireland  5 – 3 Andorra Andorra Palau de Gel, Canillo
Development Cup
1 October 2017
11:30
Morocco  11 – 4  Ireland Palau de Gel, Canillo

Future[edit]

Team Ireland lift Silver at Dundalk Ice Dome.

Early in 2007, Team Ireland moved their headquarters to the Dundalk Ice Dome. It is envisaged that the Ice Dome will become a centre of excellence for ice hockey in the Republic of Ireland and it was here that Team Ireland took silver in the IIHF World Championship Division III and gained promotion to Division II. The next year they were relegated after a last place finish in Division II, but in 2010, they earned a first-place result and again earned promotion to Division II. The next year the took last place in the Division II Group B World Championships and were relegated to Division III which they played in. In 2012 and 2013, hearning fourth place in the World Championship eac year. They have not competed at a world championship since.

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