Israel national ice hockey team

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Israel
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Association Ice Hockey Federation of Israel
General Manager Eliyahu Maaravi
Head coach Derek Eisler
Assistants Semion Yakoubovitch
Captain Ilya Spektor
Most games Sergei Frenkel (72)[1]
Top scorer Sergei Zak (47)
Most points Sergei Frenkel (98)[1]
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IIHF code ISR
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Ranking
Current IIHF 35 Decrease1
Highest IIHF 32 (2014)
Lowest IIHF 40 (first in 2011)
First international
 Spain 23–4 Israel 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 22 March 1992)
Biggest win
 Israel 26–2 Greece 
(Cape Town, South Africa; 15 April 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Latvia 32–0 Israel 
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; 15 March 1993)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 25 (first in 1992)
Best result 28th (2006)
International record (W–L–T)
51–72–8[2]

The Israel national ice hockey team (Hebrew: נבחרת ישראל בהוקי קרח‎‎) is the national men's ice hockey team of Israel. Israel is currently ranked 35th as of May 2017 by the International Ice Hockey Federation.[3]

Ranking[edit]

Date Rank Movement
2002 34 -
2003 35 Decrease 1
2004 36 Decrease 1
2005 35 Increase 1
2006 33 Increase 2
2007 34[4] Decrease 1
2008 35[5] Decrease 1
2009 36[6] Decrease 1
Feb 2010 38[7] Decrease 2
Apr 2010 39[8] Decrease 1
2011 40[9] Decrease 1
2012 40[10] ±0
2013 39[11] Increase 1
Feb 2014 33[12] Increase 6
Apr 2014 32[13] Increase 1
2015 33[14] Decrease 1
2016 34[15] Decrease 1
2017 35[3] Decrease 1

World Championships record[edit]

The best achievement was promotion to the IIHF World Championship Division I in 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[16] Next year the team relegated again to Division II.[17] In 2010, Israel was relegated to Division III,[18] however in 2011 the team finished first in Division III Group B earning a promotion back to Division II.[19]

Year Place Division Division place Group GP W T L GF GA
1992 30th Group C2 4th 5 1 1 3 22 42
1993 31st Group C1 6th 7 2 0 5 30 97
1994 34th Group C2 7th 5 1 0 4 19 36
1995 35th Group C2 6th 6 3 0 3 39 23
1996 35th Group D 7th 7 3 1 3 34 35
1997 33rd Group D 5th 5 2 0 3 22 28
1998 35th Group D 3rd 5 3 0 2 39 19
1999 33rd Group D 2nd 4 3 0 1 21 5
2000 34th Group D 1st 4 3 0 1 31 7
2001 32nd Division II 2nd Group B 5 4 0 1 21 11
2002 34th Division II 3rd Group A 5 3 0 2 14 22
2003 37th Division II 3rd Group B 5 1 2 2 11 19
2004 38th Division II 5th Group A 5 0 1 4 3 28
2005 30th Division II 1st Group B 5 4 1 0 21 11
2006 28th Division I 6th Group A 5 0 0 5 3 47
2007 34th Division II 3rd Group B 4 2 0 2 6 24
2008 36th Division II 4th Group A 5 2 0 3 16 28
2009 38th Division II 5th Group A 5 1 0 4 9 38
2010 39th Division II 6th Group B 5 0 0 5 11 55
2011 41st Division III 1st 5 5 0 0 57 9
2012 39th Division II 5th Group B 5 2 0 3 19 22
2013 35th Division II 1st Group B 5 4 0 1 30 14
2014 34th Division II 6th Group A 5 1 0 4 19 37
2015 39th Division II 5th Group B 5 1 0 4 11 20
2016 37th Division II 3rd Group B 5 2 0 3 22 33
2017 37th Division II 3rd Group B 5 3 0 2 24 14
Total 132 56 6 70 554 724

Olympics[edit]

Israel has tried to qualify for the Olympics three times. In 1996 they advanced past Greece and were eliminated by Yugoslavia before the main qualification rounds, in trying to advance to the 1998 Olympics.

For the 2014 Winter Olympics, Israel attempted to qualify going 0-3 in the pre-qualifier.[20]

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, Israel again attempted to qualify,[21] however they were unable to going 1-2 in the pre-qualifier.

Team[edit]

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[22]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Alexander Loginov L 173 cm 74 kg (1979-02-09) 9 February 1979 (age 38) Israel Rishon Devils
25 Maxim Gokhberg L 185 cm 77 kg (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 21) Israel HC Bat Yam
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
23 Maxim Buz L 180 cm 83 kg (1983-05-18) 18 May 1983 (age 34) Israel Rishon Devils
3 Ori Kafri L 180 cm 80 kg (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 20) Canada Hill Academy
11 Shai Maaravi L 175 cm 67 kg (1996-10-29) 29 October 1996 (age 20) Israel HC Metulla
4 Yevgeni Margoulis R 190 cm 100 kg (1982-02-07) 7 February 1982 (age 35) Israel Rishon Devils
21 Denis Raiter R 170 cm 70 kg (1994-09-27) 27 September 1994 (age 23) Israel HC Ma'alot
19 Yuval Rosenthal R 175 cm 58 kg (1995-08-12) 12 August 1995 (age 22) Canada Bradford Bulls
18 Daniel Spivak L 185 cm 85 kg (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 29) United States Rochester Americans
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
7 Roey Aharonovich l 175 cm 71 kg (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 21) Israel Rice Memorial
16 Itay Shalev Ben Tov L 180 cm 83 kg (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 23) Israel HC Ma'alot
15 Joshua Greenberg L 180 cm 70 kg (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 29) Israel HC Bat Yam
6 Elie Klain L 187 cm 90 kg (1989-05-20) 20 May 1989 (age 28) Israel Rishon Devils
10 Yevgeni Kniter L 172 cm 76 kg (1982-07-28) 28 July 1982 (age 35) Israel HC Metulla
9 Daniel Mazour L 186 cm 86 kg (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 25) Israel HC Ma'alot
14 Vlad Nosankov R 183 cm 75 kg (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 23) Israel HC Metulla
24 Artur Pyshkin L 175 cm 85 kg (1992-12-13) 13 December 1992 (age 24) Israel Rishon Devils
12 Maor Sherf R 175 cm 70 kg (1994-02-21) 21 February 1994 (age 23) Israel Rishon Devils
13 Vitali Shvarzman L 179 cm 74 kg (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 25) Israel HC Ma'alot
17 Ilya Spektor L 171 cm 86 kg (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 21) Israel Kfar Saba Horses

Notable players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Period Name Nationality
1992 Lee Gideon[23]  Israel
2001-2004 Boris Mindel[24]  Israel
2005-2009 Jean Perron[25]  Canada
2010 Boris Mindel[24]  Israel
2011 Sergei Belo[26]  Israel
2012 Semyon Yakubovich[27]  Israel
 Russia
2012-2014 Jean Perron[25]  Canada
2015-2016 Derek Eisler[28]  United States

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