Portugal national ice hockey team

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Portugal
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Portugal
Association Federação Portuguesa de Desportos no Gelo
Head coach Jim Aldred
Captain Kevin Hortinha
Team colors                    
Ranking
Current IIHF N/A
First international
Portugal 6-18 FPCCC
(Viseu, Portugal; 21 June 2000)
Biggest win
Portugal 6-2 Cesti Ivi
(Elvas, Portugal; 11 January 2015)
Biggest defeat
Portugal 5-21 FPCCC
(Viseu, Portugal; 22 June 2000)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 0
Olympics
Appearances 0
Medals 0
International record (W–L–T)
3-9-1
Portugal hockey team jersey, Hockey Hall-of-Fame Toronto

The Portugal national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey team of Portugal. The team is controlled by the Federation of Portuguese Ice Sports, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since May 13, 1999. Portugal is currently not ranked in the IIHF World Ranking and is not actively competing in any IIHF World Championship events.

Portugal's first ever International Ice Hockey game, 21 June 2000, Viseu, Portugal
Portugal vs Czech Lions, January 2015, Elvas, Portugal
Team Portugal, January 2016, at Prague, Czech Republic
Team Portugal, January 2017, Elvas, Portugal

History[edit]

2000[edit]

Ice hockey was played in Portugal from 1996 until 2006 in the Palácio do Gelo shopping center, in Viseu. The ice rink has since closed down. Since 2010, ice hockey practices and friendly games have been played at Elvas, Portugal.

In 2000, The national team of Portugal played three games, the only games they ever played. The team they compiled to play was made up of former Portuguese immigrants who played ice hockey in the United States and Canada, as well as former players from traditional roller hockey. The event consisted of three games between the newly created national team of Portugal and the First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Center (FPCCC) from Toronto, Ontario, representing Canada. The games were held from June 21 and ending at June 23, 2000 at the Palácio do Gelo in Viseu.

The tournament was a game venture by the Federação Portuguesa de Desportos No Gelo and the Embassy of Canada, namely the Ambassador of Canada, Robert Vanderloo. The event was also sponsored by Banco Comercial Português and Nortel.

The FPCCC won the first game 18–6 and the second 21–5. Pedro Regado was the first ever player to score for Portugal when he scored on 8:04 mark of the first period. The third and final game was played with the decision to mix-up the teams, placing Portuguese descendants of the FPCCC on the Portuguese team. At the end of the third match, the score was a close 15–11 for FPCCC. Portugal has not played an organized match until 2015.

2015 onwards[edit]

In January 2015, Portugal returned to play two international exhibitions games, against the Cesti Ivi at Elvas, Portugal. Portugal won their first game ever with a 6-4 win and a 6-2 win on the day after. This exhibition games were sponsored by the Czech Republic embassy in Portugal, namely by the strong support of Czech embassador Stanislav Kázecký.

On January 14, 2016. Portugal played two exhibition games in Prague, Czech Republic. Portugal lost 0-2 against the Cesti Ivi and 0-3 against the Sklepovsti Srsani. Two days afterwards Portugal won their first ever away game with a 4-3 victory against the Cesti Ivi.

On the 14 and 15 January 2017, Portugal hosted a quadrangular tournament in Elvas, Portugal. This was the largest ice hockey competition ever held in the country. Other than team Portugal, there were invited two teams from Czech Republic, the Cesti Ivi, the Sklepovsti Srsani and the second division French team Evry-Viry Jets. Even if Portugal was not able to conquer the tournament, this event was another step forward for the Portuguese ice hockey community and showed their capacity of organizing an international event.

Portugal is now expected to play in May 2017, at Granada, Spain.

Current roster[edit]

Goaltenders No. Height Weight Birthplace
Luis de Almeida Johansson 34 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1982-05-30) May 30, 1982 (age 34) Portugal
Maxim Andreyev 20 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1989-02-27) February 27, 1989 (age 28) Kazakhstan
Defensemen No. Height Weight Birthplace
Maurício Xavier 09 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1966-01-17) January 17, 1966 (age 51) Portugal
Nelson Rodrigues 42 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1972-11-13) November 13, 1972 (age 44) United States
Carlos Moutinho 30 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1968-10-24) October 24, 1968 (age 48) Portugal
Francisco Flor 77 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1978-08-01) August 1, 1978 (age 38) Portugal
Bruno Tiago 18 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1993-11-10) November 10, 1993 (age 23) Portugal
Tiago Silva 55 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1978-01-21) January 21, 1978 (age 39) Portugal
Tiago Loureiro Pereira 25 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1983-03-06) March 6, 1983 (age 34) Portugal
Forwards No. Height Weight Birthplace
Eliseu Almeida 33 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 68 kg (150 lb) (1967-06-16) June 16, 1967 (age 49) Portugal
Kevin Hortinha 07 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1978-10-04) October 4, 1978 (age 38) Canada
Diogo Xavier 10 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1992-06-07) June 7, 1992 (age 24) Portugal
Sergio Pedro 91 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 70 kg (150 lb) (1986-01-29) January 29, 1986 (age 31) Canada
Bernardo Sande e Castro 24 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 73 kg (161 lb) (1982-02-04) February 4, 1982 (age 35) Portugal
Abedson Sousa 35 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1979-01-29) January 29, 1979 (age 38) Brazil
Francisco Bellini 05 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1994-03-30) March 30, 1994 (age 22) Portugal / Italy
Jim Aldred 25 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 102 kg (225 lb) (1963-04-28) April 28, 1963 (age 53) Canada
Guilherme Morais 19 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 72 kg (159 lb) (1994-02-19) February 19, 1994 (age 23) Portugal
João Tiago Almada 03 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 32) Portugal
Matt de Melo 08 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1979-12-05) December 5, 1979 (age 37) United States

Record[edit]

Date Home Team Away Team Score Location
21/06/2000 Portugal Portugal First Portugal Canadian Cultural Center Canada 6-18 Viseu, Portugal
22/06/2000 Portugal Portugal First Portugal Canadian Cultural Center Canada 5-21 Viseu, Portugal
23/06/2000 Portugal Portugal First Portugal Canadian Cultural Center Canada 11-15 Viseu, Portugal
10/01/2015 Portugal Portugal Cesti Ivi Czech Republic 6-4 Elvas, Portugal
11/01/2015 Portugal Portugal Cesti Ivi Czech Republic 6-2 Elvas, Portugal
14/01/2016 Skelepovsti Srsani Czech Republic Portugal Portugal 4-0 Praque, Czech Republic
14/01/2016 Cesti Ivi Czech Republic Portugal Portugal 3-0 Prague, Czech Republic
14/01/2016 Cesti Ivi Czech Republic Portugal Portugal 1-0 Prague, Czech Republic
14/01/2016 Skelepovsti Srsani Czech Republic Portugal Portugal 1-1 Praque, Czech Republic
16/01/2016 Cesti Ivi Czech Republic Portugal Portugal 3-4 Prague, Czech Republic
14/01/2017 Portugal Portugal Cesti Ivi Czech Republic 2-4 Elvas, Portugal
15/01/2017 Portugal Portugal Evry-Viry Jets France 2-4 Elvas, Portugal
15/01/2017 Portugal Portugal Skelepovsti Srsani Czech Republic 1-5 Elvas, Portugal
Record Overall (W-L-D) Home (W-L-D) Away (W-L-D) GF (Home) GA (Home) GF (Away) GA (Away) GF (Overall) GA (Overall)
Portugal Portugal 3-9-1 2-7-0 1-2-1 39 73 5 12 44 85

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