Turkey men's national ice hockey team

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Turkey
Shirt badge/Association crest
The crescent moon and a star as seen on the Turkish flag is the badge used on the players jerseys
AssociationTurkish Ice Hockey Federation
General ManagerOsman Gülen
Head coachKeith McAdams
AssistantsYücel Çıtak
Jukka Kuusivuori
CaptainEmrah Özmen
Most gamesEmrah Özmen (50)
Most pointsEmrah Özmen (51)
Team colors         
IIHF codeTUR
Turkey national ice hockey team Home & Away Jerseys.png
Ranking
Current IIHF42 Increase 1 (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF35 (2010)
Lowest IIHF43 (first in 2003)
First international
Greece  15–3  Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 21 March 1992)
Biggest win
Turkey  16–0  Greece
(Cape Town, South Africa; 14 April 2011)
Biggest defeat
Spain  38–0  Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 27 March 1992)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances13 (first in 1992)
Best result32nd (1992)
International record (W–L–T)
23–58–2
Turkey national ice hockey team at the 2016 IIHF World Championship Division III match against Hong Kong.

The Turkish men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Turkey, and is controlled by the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Federasyonu, TBHF), a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. It is currently ranked 42nd in the IIHF World Ranking.

History[edit]

In 2014, the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation caused a scandal as a foreigner wearing Turkish national jersey played in a friendly international match.[2] Denis Legersky from Slovakia, who plays since three and a half years in Turkey and is currently a member of İzmir BB GSK, was registered in the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina national ice hockey team as a coach–player.[2] He, appeared in the jersey of Ogün Uzunali though not a Turkish citizen, and scored two goals in the match played in Sarajevo before 8,000 spectators that ended 7–2 for the Turkey national team.[2] The officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports protested the incident.[2]

World Championship record[edit]

Year Host City Country Result
1992 Johannesburg  South Africa 6th in Group C2 (32nd)
1993 Ankara  Turkey 3rd in Group C qualifying pool 4 (NR)
1994 Zagreb  Croatia 2nd in Group C2 qualifying pool 2 (NR)
1996 Metulla  Israel 2nd in Group D qualifying pool 2 (NR)
1997 Ankara  Turkey 3rd in Group E (NR)
1998 Krugersdorp  South Africa 7th in Group D (39th)
1999 Krugersdorp  South Africa 7th in Group D (39th)
2000 Reykjavik  Iceland 9th in Group D (42nd)
2002 Cape Town  South Africa 6th in Division II Group A (39th)
2003 Auckland  New Zealand 3rd in Division III (43rd)
2004 Reykjavík  Iceland 2nd in Division III (42nd)
2005 Zagreb  Croatia 6th in Division II Group A (40th)
2006 Reykjavík  Iceland 2nd in Division III (42nd)
2007 Zagreb  Croatia 6th in Division II Group A (39th)
2008 Luxembourg City  Luxembourg 4th in Division III (44th)
2009 Dunedin  New Zealand 2nd in Division III (42nd)
2010 Naucalpan  Mexico 6th in Division II Group A (40th)
2011 Cape Town  South Africa 3rd in Division III (43rd)
2012 Erzurum  Turkey 1st in Division III (41st)
2013 Izmit  Turkey 5th in Division II Group B (39th)
2014 Jaca  Spain 6th in Division II Group B (40th)
2015 İzmir  Turkey 2nd in Division III (42nd)
2016 Istanbul  Turkey 1st in Division III (41st)
2017 Auckland  New Zealand 6th in Division II Group B (40th)
2018 Cape Town  South Africa 3rd in Division III (43rd)
2019 Sofia  Bulgaria 2nd in Division III (42nd)
Green marks a year followed by promotion, red a year followed by relegation.

Team[edit]

Roster[edit]

From the 2016 IIHF World Championship Division III.[3]

Head coach: Turkey Deniz İnce

# Name Pos S/C Height DOB Club
1 Tolga Bozacı G L 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 24 January 1998 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
20 Erol Kahraman G L 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 21 January 1983 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
2 Yusuf Kars D L 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 15 October 1998 Turkey Erzurum BB GSK
4 Emrah Savaş D R 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 1 April 1997 Turkey Erzurum BB GSK
5 Barış Coşkun D R 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 7 February 1984 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
9 Gökhun Öztürk D R 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 16 December 1985 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
14 Kaan Emre Salt D L 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 21 January 1999 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
16 Savaş Aktürk (BP) D R 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 23 May 1989 Turkey Izmir BB GSK
7 Alec Koçoğlu F L 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 1 December 1994 Turkey Izmir BB GSK
8 Ömer Kars F R 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 24 April 1997 Turkey Erzurum BB GSK
10 Serkan Gümüş +A F L 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 17 October 1992 Turkey Izmir BB GSK
12 Andy Koçoğlu F R 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 15 April 1992 Turkey Izmir BB GSK
13 Hakan Salt F R 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 18 September 2000 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
15 Emrah Özmen +C F R 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 13 November 1983 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
18 Gökalp Solak F R 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 16 November 1994 Turkey Koç University
19 Yusuf Halil F R 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 10 September 1991 Turkey Izmir BB GSK
21 Sefa Kavaz F L 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) 17 July 1997 Turkey Erzurum BB GSK
22 Yavuz Karakoç F R 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 26 July 1988 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS
23 Serdar Semiz +A F R 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 15 April 1982 Sweden IFK Tumba
24 Ferhat Bakal F L 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 16 March 1998 Turkey Zeytinburnu BS

Legend: +A, Assistant captain, +C Captain

Notable players[edit]

Cengiz Çıplak (25) is regarded as the most talented Turkish player. He was awarded the MVP crown as best forward in Division II Group A at the 2007 World Ice Hockey Championships although skating for the team that relegated. He received the same trophy at World Championship 2004. At the World Championship Division 3 in Iceland he was the tournament's top scorer. Çıplak learned his hockey in Edmonton and played in lower North American leagues.[4] Within the 16 years of history of Turkish national ice hockey team, 25 goals in 18 games of Cengiz Çıplak makes him the highest goalscorer of all times.[5] Also he holds the record for the highest scorer in one game which he scored five goals in the game between Luxembourg and Turkey.[4]

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of 6 April 2016

Team WR GP W T L WLDiff GF GA GDiff
 Mongolia 50 4 4 0 0 +4 31 3 +28
 Greece 49 9 6 0 3 +3 55 36 +19
 Luxembourg 43 10 6 0 4 +2 63 46 +17
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 46 2 2 0 0 +2 19 2 +17
 Armenia 51 2 2 0 0 +2 19 4 +15
 Georgia 44 2 2 0 0 +2 18 5 +13
 Hong Kong 45 2 2 0 0 +2 15 2 +13
 Ireland 48 4 3 1 0 +2 21 10 +11
 United Arab Emirates 47 1 1 0 0 +1 15 0 +15
 China 36 2 1 0 1 0 8 7 +1
 Serbia 30 1 0 0 1 −1 4 6 −2
 North Korea 40 3 1 0 2 −1 9 14 −5
 South Korea 22 1 0 0 1 −1 0 14 −14
 Estonia 28 1 0 0 1 −1 0 24 −24
 Belgium 32 3 0 0 3 −3 5 35 −30
 Croatia 26 3 0 0 3 −3 4 74 −70
 Mexico 34 6 1 0 5 −4 14 36 −22
 Iceland 33 4 0 0 4 −4 7 29 −22
 Bulgaria 39 6 1 0 5 −4 14 63 −49
 Australia 37 5 0 0 5 −5 3 75 −72
 Spain 31 5 0 0 5 −5 4 79 −75
 New Zealand 38 8 1 0 7 −6 25 52 −27
 Israel 35 7 0 0 7 −7 11 73 −62
 South Africa 42 10 1 0 9 −8 19 106 −87
Total 41 101 34 1 66 -33 383 795 -412

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Demirbilek, Celal (19 February 2014). "Milli Takım'da kaçak hokeyci". Hürriyet Daily News (in Turkish). Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Entry List By Team: Turkey" (PDF). IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Div III. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b Travnicek, Michal (31 March 2008). Hockey on the Rise. Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  5. ^ Cengiz Ciplak Player Profile. European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 3 June 2008.

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