Philippines men's national ice hockey team

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Philippines
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Federation of Ice Hockey League
General Manager Francois Gautier
Head coach Jonathan de Castro
Captain Steven Füglister
Most points Paul Sanchez (32)
Team colors                    
IIHF code PHI
Ranking
Current IIHF None (Unranked)
Highest IIHF N/A
Lowest IIHF N/A
First international
 Philippines 10–0 Macau 
(Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong; 13 September 2014)
Biggest win
 Philippines 15–0 Singapore 
(Pasay, Philippines; 8 April 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Kyrgyzstan 10–5 Philippines 
(Sapporo, Japan; 21 February 2017)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result 13th (2017)
Southeast Asian Games
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (2017)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 1 (first in 2018)
Best result Bronze medal with cup.svg 3rd (2018)
International record (W–L–T)
12–2–0

The Philippine national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey team of the Philippines. The team is controlled by the Federation of Ice Hockey League (FIHL), an associate member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Prior to 2008, there were no organized leagues and an unofficial Philippine national team composed of players from selected clubs participated in regional tournaments.[1] One such unofficial national team was "Manila Pilipinas" that participated at the HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament in 2005. They were second runners-up team in the Bauhinia Division, the lowest of the three divisions in the invitational tournament.[2]

Starting 2008, ice hockey in the Philippines began to gain traction.[1] The Philippine national team participated again at the 2014 edition of the HKAHC invitational tournament. The team were champions of the Silver Plate Division, the second highest division in the tournament.[3] It was in this tournament that the Philippines played against another national side. They won 10-0[4] over a Macau squad sanctioned by the Macau Ice Sports Federation.[5]

Federation of Ice Hockey League (FIHL), a national ice hockey federation was then established in February 2015 to govern ice hockey in the Philippines[6] making efforts to organize a formal national team easier.[1]

French-Filipino general manager, Francois Gautier[7] led the Philippine national team in open tournaments in 2015. Gautier mentored the Philippine squad that finished third at the adult division of the 2015 Hong Kong Fives, as well the Philippine that took the Gold Cup Division title at the 2015 HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament.[8]

As an FIHL affiliate[edit]

The FIHL became an associate member of the IIHF on 20 May 2016[9][10] and by July 2016, the federation also became a member of the Philippine Olympic Committee. The FIHL's membership with these two bodies made them eligible to send national teams including a men's national team to the official tournaments such as the Challenge Cup of Asia and the Southeast Asian Games.[1]

The Philippine national team participated once again at the HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the 2016 edition. They settled for 1st runner-up place after they lost 3-4 in overtime to Mitsubishi Corp. in the Gold Plate Division final. They also played against the national team of Oman in the tournament.[11]

Official tournament debut[edit]

The team participated at the 2017 Asian Winter Games.[12] which was their first official tournament.[13] They participated at the Division II of the ice hockey tournament.[14] The team, captained by Steven Füglister,[15] underwent a seven-month training which started on July 2016 prior to the competition.[16]

The team lost 5-10 in their first official match against Kyrgyzstan.[17] Philippines secured their first official win as a FIHL member when they defeated Qatar with a scoreline of 14–2[18] and was followed by a 8–3 triumph against Kuwait who were competing as the Independent Olympic Athletes. The team finished third in their division following their 9–2 win over Macau in the play-off for division third place.[17]

2017 Southeast Asian Games[edit]

The team at the 2017 SEA Winter Games

The Philippines participated at the ice hockey tournament event of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.[19] To prepare for the tournament, they participated at the 2017 Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament which was held at the SM Megamall Skating Rink in Mandaluyong.[20] The national team finished third behind second placed New York-based Islanders Red and first placers Singaporean side Pandoo Nation.[21]

The national team mentored by Czech head coach Daniel Brodan[22] started their Southeast Asian Games campaign with a 12–0 victory over Indonesia.[23] This was followed by their game against Singapore which ended with a 7–2 triumph.[24]

This was then followed by their game against Malaysia which saw the ejection of the Philippine captain, Stephen Fuglister from the game in the first period. He was given a game misconduct penalty for hitting a Malaysian player in a head while pursuing the puck although the skipper said the infraction was an unintentional accident.[25] The match ended with a 7–7 tie after regulation time after an extra five-minute-period which led to a shootout. The Philippines outshot Malaysia to register a win.[24]

The Malaysian organizers decided to suspend Fuglister for the final match against Thailand. The Philippines appealed this decision but failed to overturn the suspension.[25] Despite playing sans their captain, the Philippines wrapped up their campaign, undefeated with a 5–4 win over Thailand and clinched the first ever ice hockey gold medal in the history of the regional tournament.[26]

2018 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia[edit]

The Philippines hosted the Top Division of the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia from 3 to 8 April 2018, their first IIHF-sanctioned tournament, at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink in Pasay.[27] The team was mentored by American head coach, Jonathan de Castro.[28] The national team settled for bronze after tying in points with champions Mongolia and second-placers Thailand. Goal differences of the three teams with matches against the two other teams, Kuwait and Singapore, disregarded was used as tiebreaker to determine the final standing.[29]

Future participation[edit]

Following their successful stint at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines' ice hockey governing body, the Federation of Ice Hockey League projects the national team's first participation in the IIHF World Championships within 3 to 5 years.[30]

International competitions[edit]

Asian Winter Games[edit]

Year Host Result Pld W OW OL L
2017 Japan Sapporo 13th place
(3rd in Division II)
4 3 0 0 1

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

Year Host Result Pld W OW OL L
2017 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place 4 3 1 0 0

Challenge Cup of Asia[edit]

Year Host Result Pld W OW OL L
2018 Philippines Pasay Bronze medal with cup.svg 3rd Place 4 3 0 0 1

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.[31]

Head coach: Czech Republic Daniel Brodan

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate
2 F Lenard Rigel Lancero II 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1995-07-02)July 2, 1995 (aged 22)
7 F Carl Montano 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1983-09-11)September 11, 1983 (aged 33)
8 D Patrick Syquiatco 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-02-27)February 27, 1995 (aged 22)
14 F Carlo Tenedero 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (1985-02-07)February 7, 1985 (aged 32)
18 D Jose Iñigo Cadiz 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1990-02-09)February 9, 1990 (aged 27)
19 D Javier Cadiz 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1997-03-25)March 25, 1997 (aged 20)
21 F Daniel Pastrana 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 64 kg (141 lb) (1995-09-04)September 4, 1995 (aged 21)
25 F Steven Füglister 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1986-01-25)January 25, 1986 (aged 31)
28 D Francois Gautier 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1983-11-28)November 28, 1983 (aged 33)
29 G Paolo Spafford 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1985-06-10)June 10, 1985 (aged 32)
30 G Gianpietro Iseppi 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1982-04-24)April 24, 1982 (aged 35)
69 D Julius Santiago 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1996-06-03)June 3, 1996 (aged 21)
76 D Joshua Carino 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) 67 kg (148 lb) (2000-08-03)August 3, 2000 (aged 17)
79 F Paul Sanchez 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1990-04-19)April 19, 1990 (aged 27)
80 F Miguel Serrano 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 65 kg (143 lb) (2000-03-17)March 17, 2000 (aged 17)
81 F Jan Aro Regencia 1.61 m (5 ft 3 in) 50 kg (110 lb) (2000-10-18)October 18, 2000 (aged 16)
84 D Georgino Orda 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1984-02-12)February 12, 1984 (aged 33)
86 D Hector Navasero 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1991-09-07)September 7, 1991 (aged 25)
91 F Jorell Crisostomo 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 60 kg (130 lb) (2000-04-25)April 25, 2000 (aged 17)
96 F Benjamin Imperial 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1999-02-23)February 23, 1999 (aged 18)

Coaches[edit]

List of coaches of the Philippines men's national ice hockey team.

Asian Games
  1. Daniel Brodan, 2017
  2. Jonathan de Castro, 2018
Southeast Asian Games
  1. Daniel Brodan, 2017

Fixtures and results[edit]

Against other national Teams[32]
Opponent Date Result Scores by Period Tournament Venue
 Macau September 13, 2014 10–0 No information HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
 Oman September 16, 2016 9–0 No information HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
 Kyrgyzstan February 21, 2017 5–10 1–6, 3–1, 1–3 Asian Winter Games Hoshioki Ice Skating Rink, Sapporo
 Qatar February 23, 2017 14–2 4–1, 5–0, 5–1
International Olympic Committee Independent Olympic Athletes
( Kuwait)
February 24, 2017 8–3 2–2, 4–0, 2–1
 Qatar February 23, 2017 14–2 4–1, 5–0, 5–1
 Indonesia August 21, 2017 12–0 1–0, 6–0, 5–0 Southeast Asian Games Empire City Ice Arena, Kuala Lumpur
 Singapore August 22, 2017 7–2 1–0, 2–2, 4–0
 Malaysia August 23, 2017 8–7
SO
3–1, 2–3, 2–3
OT: 0–0
 Thailand August 24, 2017 5–4 3–0 , 1–3 , 1–1
 Thailand April 3, 2018 4–7 2–1, 0–3, 2-3 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia – Top Division SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink, Pasay
 Kuwait April 5, 2018 13–0 4–0, 6–0, 3–0
 Mongolia April 6, 2018 6–5 3–2, 2–1, 1–2
 Singapore April 8, 2018 15–0 5–0, 6–0, 4–0
Against club and other teams[32]
Canada Delta Police September 24, 2005 0–12 No information HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Hong Kong HKAHC Black 2–3 No information
Hong Kong HKAHC Blue 0–8 No information
Philippines Manila Predators September 25, 2005 0–15 No information
Hong Kong HKAIH Troopers September 12, 2014 3–1 No information HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Chinese Taipei Taipei Selects 1–2 No information
Japan Hama Club September 13, 2014 4–1 No information
September 14, 2014 4–1 No information
Hong Kong Sammi's Superstar May 5, 2015 4–2 No information Hong Kong 5s Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Hockey Panda 15–0 No information
Hong Kong Ice Wolves May 6, 2015 4–1 No information
Hong Kong Sammi's Superstar May 7, 2015 5–4 No information
Japan Toyko Mavericks May 8, 2015 1–3 No information
Mongolia UB Capital September 18, 2015 6–1 No information HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Hong Kong HKAHC Giants September 19, 2015 7–0 No information
United Arab Emirates UAE Storm 4–1 No information
Japan Mitsubishi Corp. 4–6 No information
September 20, 2015 3–1 No information
 Chinese Taipei U20 September 16, 2016 2–1 No information HKAHC Invitational Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Hong Kong HKAHC Giants September 17, 2016 2–1 No information
Japan Mitsubishi Corp. 1–3 No information
September 18, 2016 3–4 No information
Hong Kong HK Hitman November 24, 2016 8–0 No information Philippines Ice Hockey Tournament Manila
Philippines PH Islanders Red 8–1 No information
Indonesia Batax Indonesia November 25, 2016 3–1 No information
Philippines PH Islanders Red November 26, 2016 11–1 No information
Hong Kong HK Hitman 8–1 No information
South Korea Seoul Thunder[33] June 14, 2017 3–2 1–1, 1–?, 1–? Philippines Ice Hockey Tournament SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink, Mandaluyong
 Chinese Taipei U20[34] June 15, 2017 3–2
SO
0–0, 2–2, 0–0
OT: 0–0
Singapore Singapore Sting June 16, 2017 5–4 No information
United States Islanders Red June 17, 2017 1–4 No information
     Win       Defeat

All-time record against other nations[edit]

Last match update: 6 April 2018[32]

Key
Positive balance (more Wins)
Neutral balance (Wins = Losses)
Negative balance (more Losses)
Team GP W T L GF GA
 Singapore 2 2 0 0 22 2
 Kuwait 2 2 0 0 21 3
 Macau 2 2 0 0 19 2
 Qatar 1 1 0 0 14 2
 Indonesia 1 1 0 0 12 0
 Oman 1 1 0 0 9 0
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 8 7
 Mongolia 1 1 0 0 6 5
 Thailand 2 1 0 1 9 11
 Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 5 10
Total 14 12 0 2 125 42

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