Spain men's national ice hockey team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
The coat of arms of Spain is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Association Federación Española de Deportes de Hielo
Head coach Luciano Basile
Assistants Miguel Baldirs
Mauricio Mansi
Captain Pablo Puyuelo
Most games Iñaki Salegui (61)
Most points Iñaki Salegui (72)
IIHF code ESP
IIHF ranking 30 Increase1
Highest IIHF ranking 29 (first in 2011)
Lowest IIHF ranking 37 (first in 2005)
Team colors                    
First international
 Spain 6–4 Belgium 
(Luchon, France; 21 December 1923)
Biggest win
 Spain 38–0 Turkey 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 27 March 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 19–0 Spain 
(Las Palmas, Spain; 13 March 1978)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 30 (first in 1977)
Best result 22nd (1977)
International record (W–L–T)
77–111–13

The Spanish men's national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey of Spain, and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

History[edit]

On March 10, 1923,[1] Spain joined the IIHF after the Spanish Winter Sports Federation was founded in the same year. After building an artificial rink in Madrid, Spain, they entered their first international tournament in late 1923. Spain won their first international game against Belgium in the Challenge de Haute–Garonne tournament held in Bagnères-de-Luchon, France. They lost their next game in the tournament to France.[2]

In 1924, Spain competed in the Ice Hockey European Championships held in Milan, Italy. During their first game against Switzerland, two of Spain's seven players were injured. Due to this, Switzerland agreed to play with only five players allowing the game to continue. Switzerland ended up winning 12–0. Spain was forced to forfeit their second game against Sweden due to the injuries suffered by their players. Sweden had also agreed to play with five players.[2]

After the European Championships, Spain entered the Coupe de Davos in Davos, Switzerland. Days before the tournament, Spain had upset Switzerland 4–0. The tournament had 12 teams broken into four groups with Spain being placed in group two along with Switzerland and Germany. Spain lost to Switzerland, 6–0 and to Germany, 7–0. Spain also lost to Germany's second team, 2–0 but avoided being in last place by beating Italy, 4–0. On January 1, 1925, Spain played Germany's second team again, winning in double overtime 3–1. After beating Germany, Spain went on a Swiss tour winning three of the games they played. Spain played in the Challenge de Haute–Garonne for the second time in January 1925. During the tournament, they defeated Belgium's second team 4–1 and tied France 3–3.[2]

In 1926, Spain again competed in the European Championships held in Davos, Switzerland. In their first game against Belgium, Spain lost 5–0. They also lost their second game to Czechoslovakia (9-2). In the consolation pool, Spain tied Italy 2–2 and lost to Poland, 4–1.[2]

Spain has competed in the IIHF World Championship Division II since it began in 2001. During the first year of the tournament in 2001, Spain defeated South Africa, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand. However they lost to South Korea preventing Spain from finishing in first.[3] In 2002, Spain finished in third place in Group B after defeating Bulgaria, Iceland and Luxembourg and losing to Yugoslavia and Lithuania.[4] During the 2003 version of the tournament, Spain defeated South Africa, Mexico and Australia and lost to Yugoslavia and South Korea. Spain finished in third place in Group A.[5] Spain hosted the Division II tournament in 2004 and finished fourth place in Group A by defeating Israel and Luxembourg. Spain lost to China, Croatia and Australia.[6] 2005 was a down year for Spain as they finished in fifth place in Group B with only two points. Spain's only win came against Iceland while they lost to Serbia and Montenegro, Belgium, Israel and North Korea.[7]

In 2006, they lost to Serbia and Montenegro, Romania men's national ice hockey team and twice to Bulgaria while beating South Africa for their lone win. They finished in fifth place in Group A for the second straight year.[8] In 2007 they defeated Bulgaria, Turkey and Serbia and lost to Belgium and Croatia. Unlike the prior two years Spain finished in third place with nine points.[9] In 2008, Spain finished in third place by defeating Australia, Iceland and Mexico and lost to China and New Zealand.[10] Spain won three games and lost two in 2009, their three wins came against Mexico, Bulgaria and South Africa while they lost to South Korea and Belgium. Spain finished in third place with nine points.[11]

Spain was ranked 34th in the IIHF World Rankings in 2009. In 2010, Spain rose in the rankings to 30th and competed in Division II of the 2010 IIHF World Championship. They finished first in their group at the tournament and hence got promoted to Division I for the first time in their history.[1]

World Championship record[edit]

Year Division Position GP W D L
Tier Div. Ov Div.
1977 3 Pool C 22 5 6 1 0 5
1978 3 Pool C 23 7 7 1 0 6
1979 3 Group C 24 6 7 2 0 5
1981 Did not participate
1982 3 Group C 23 7 7 1 0 6
1983 3 Group C 23 7 7 1 1 5
1985 3 Group C 24 8 7 0 0 7
1986 3 Group C 24 8 6 2 0 4
1987 Did not participate
1989 4 Group D 28 4 4 1 0 3
1990 4 Group D 28 4 4 0 2 2
1991 Did not participate
1992 4 Group C2 27 1 5 5 0 0
1993 3 Group C 29 5 5 1 0 4
1994 4 Group C2 29 2 5 3 1 1
1995 4 Group C2 32 3 5 4 0 1
1996 4 Group D 31 3 5 2 1 2
1997 4 Group D 31 3 5 2 0 3
1998 3 Group C 32 8 5 0 2 3
1999 4 Group D 33 1 4 3 1 0
2000 3 Group C 31 7 4 1 1 2
2001 3 Div II 31 2 5 4 1 0
2002 3 Div II 33 3 5 3 0 2
2003 3 Div II 33 3 5 3 2 0
2004 3 Div II 35 4 5 2 1 2
2005 3 Div II 37 5 5 1 0 4
2006 3 Div II 37 5 5 1 0 4
2007 3 Div II 34 3 5 3 0 2
2008 3 Div II 34 3 5 3 0 2
2009 3 Div II 33 3 5 3 0 2
2010 3 Div II 30 1 5 5 0 0
2011 2 Div I 26 5 4 1 0 3
2012 4 Div II A 30 2 5 4 0 1
2013 4 Div II A 34 6 5 0 0 5
2014 5 Div II B 35 1 5 5 0 0
2015 4 Div II A 32 4 5 2 0 3
2016 4 Div II A 30 2 5 4 1 0

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[12]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Ander Alcaine L 189 cm 85 kg (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 24) Spain CH Jaca
25 Ignacio Garcia L 170 cm 70 kg (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 20) Spain Majadahonda HC
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
22 Guillermo Betran L 175 cm 80 kg (1985-10-12) 12 October 1985 (age 30) Spain CH Jaca
9 Juan Brabo R 175 cm 75 kg (1987-05-05) 5 May 1987 (age 29) Spain CH Jaca
16 Alfonso Garcia L 186 cm 97 kg (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 18) Spain Majadahonda HC
19 Adrian Ubieto L 185 cm 85 kg (1993-03-11) 11 March 1993 (age 23) Spain CH Jaca
4 Jorge Vea L 184 cm 77 kg (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 22) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin
2 Ignacio Vicente R 180 cm 70 kg (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 20) Canada Bradford Rattlers
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
5 Adrian Betran L 175 cm 80 kg (1990-05-19) 19 May 1990 (age 26) Spain CH Jaca
14 Alejandro Carbonell L 180 cm 70 kg (1994-01-16) 16 January 1994 (age 22) France Rapaces de Gap
23 Patrick Fuentes R 177 cm 78 kg (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 21) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin
15 Javier Garcia-Arias R 175 cm 75 kg (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 24) Spain Majadahonda HC
17 Gaston Gonzalez L 178 cm 78 kg (1995-03-28) 28 March 1995 (age 21) Spain CH Jaca
13 Pol Gonzalez L 190 cm 95 kg (1992-05-24) 24 May 1992 (age 24) Canada Concordia Stingers
6 Juan Gordo L 180 cm 80 kg (1992-12-04) 4 December 1992 (age 23) Spain FC Barcelona
10 Alejandro Hernández R 187 cm 70 kg (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 24) Serbia KHK Red Star
11 Juan Muñoz L 180 cm 75 kg (1990-08-30) 30 August 1990 (age 25) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin
24 Pablo Muñoz L 180 cm 75 kg (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 29) Spain FC Barcelona
7 Pablo Pantoja L 175 cm 75 kg (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 19) Spain CH Jaca
8 Pablo Puyuelo R 175 cm 75 kg (1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 22) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin
21 Carlos Quevedo R 180 cm 75 kg (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 23) United States Robert Morris University
18 Ignacio Solorzano R 178 cm 80 kg (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 21) Spain CHH Txuri Urdin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Spain". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "History of Ice Hockey in Spain" (PDF). Spanish Ice Sports Federation. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "2001 IIHF World". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "2002 IIHF World Championship Div II, Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "2003 IIHF World Championship Div II,Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "2004 IIHF World Championship Div II Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "2005 IIHF World Championship Div II Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "2006 IIHF World Championship Div II Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "2007 IIHF World Championships Group A". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "2008 IIHF World Championship Div. II Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "2009 IIHF World Championship Div. II Group B". IIHF. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "2016 World Championships Division 2A Team Spain. (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 

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