United Arab Emirates men's national ice hockey team

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United Arab Emirates
Shirt badge/Association crest
The United Arab Emirates uses their national emblem as the badge on the teams jerseys
Nickname(s) فريق دبي (Team Dubai)
Association UAE Ice Hockey Association
General Manager Khaled Al-Qubaisi
Head coach Matti Fagerström
Assistants Juhani Ijas
Captain Omar Al-Shamisi
Most games Juma al-Dhaheri (65)
Omar al-Shamshi (65)
Most points Juma al-Dhaheri (136)
IIHF code UAE
IIHF ranking 47 Decrease3
Highest IIHF ranking 44 (2015)
Lowest IIHF ranking 47 (first in 2010)
Team colors                    
First international
 United Arab Emirates 4–0 Thailand 
(Changchun, China; January 26, 2007)
Biggest win
 United Arab Emirates 25–0 Bahrain 
(Astana, Kazakhstan; January 31, 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Kazakhstan 38–0 United Arab Emirates 
(Changchun, China; January 27, 2007)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 4 (first in 2010)
Best result 45th (2014)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances 2 (first in 2007)
Best result 6th (2007)
Arab Cup of Ice Hockey
Appearances 1 (first in 2008)
Best result Med 1.png (2008)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances 5 (first in 2009)
Best result Med 1.png (2009, 2012)
Gulf Ice Hockey Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2010)
Best result Med 1.png (2010, 2012, 2014)
International record (W–L–T)
53–29–3

The UAE ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of the United Arab Emirates. The team is operated under the UAE Ice Hockey Association, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

History[edit]

In June 2008, UAE took part in the inaugural Arab Cup of Ice Hockey in Abu Dhabi, also involving the national teams of Algeria, Morocco and Kuwait. UAE went on to finish first in the standings and won the gold medal after defeating Kuwait 4-1. UAE won gold in the 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia.

In 2010, the team became the first from an Arab nation to play in the IIHF World Championships when they participated in the IIHF Division III World Championship.[1] Although the team was not ranked in the world rankings, they played against Ireland, Luxembourg, and Greece, and finished last in the group with a record of four losses. Their new head coach is Teemu Taruvuori of Finland. In May they participated in the Kuwaiti organised Gulf Ice Hockey Championship, finishing first after winning all three of their games.[2]

Withdrawal from 2011 and 2016 IIHF tournaments[edit]

UAE decided to withdraw from the 2011 Division III tournament in Cape Town, South Africa because the UAE national team refused to compete against Israel, who was also in the tournament. They also withdrew from the 2016 Division III tournament as well, with no reason cited.[3]

World Championship record[edit]

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia.[4]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
20 Ahmed Al Dhaheri L 172 cm 70 kg (1985-12-20) 20 December 1985 (age 30) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
1 Khaled Al Suwaidi L 175 cm 80 kg (1980-03-27) 27 March 1980 (age 36) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
6 Mohammed Al Dhaheri R 170 cm 65 kg (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 21) United Arab Emirates Ab Dhabi ISC
5 Ali Al Hadad R 185 cm 77 kg (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 29) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
16 Mohammed Al Shamisi L 173 cm 80 kg (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 27) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
21 Faisal Al Suwaidi R 181 cm 87 kg (1976-05-23) 23 May 1976 (age 40) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
8 Mohamad Aref Al Jachi L 179 cm 80 kg (1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 41) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
3 Ebraheem Budebs R 168 cm 63 kg (1980-09-26) 26 September 1980 (age 35) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
22 Mohamed Rehan Al Zaabi L 166 cm 70 kg (1979-05-14) 14 May 1979 (age 37) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
12 Faisal Al Baloushi L 180 cm 70 kg (1983-10-09) 9 October 1983 (age 32) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
7 Juma Al Dhaheri L 170 cm 64 kg (1975-07-15) 15 July 1975 (age 41) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
24 Abdulla Al Harmoodi R 165 cm 60 kg (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 24) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
15 Mohamed Al Kaabi R 174 cm 61 kg (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 16) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
19 Khalifa Al Mahrouqi R 167 cm 47 kg (1996-08-01) 1 August 1996 (age 19) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
11 Ali Al Mazrouei R 166 cm 59 kg (1980-01-05) 5 January 1980 (age 36) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
23 Mubarak Al Mazrouei R 173 cm 66 kg (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 23) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
2 Suhail Al Mehairi L 172 cm 71 kg (1982-01-07) 7 January 1982 (age 34) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
17 Obaid Al Muharrami R 170 cm 60 kg (1983-01-27) 27 January 1983 (age 33) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
18 Saeed Al Nuaimi R 173 cm 61 kg (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 25) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
4 Theyab Al Sabousi R 165 cm 60 kg (1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 27) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
9 Omar Al Shamisi L 170 cm 65 kg (1974-01-10) 10 January 1974 (age 42) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC
13 Ali Al Sarour R 1780 cm 80 kg (1976-08-24) 24 August 1976 (age 39) United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi ISC

All-time record against other nations[edit]

As of June 12, 2014

Team GP W T L GF GA
 Kuwait 10 10 0 0 44 9
 Thailand 8 6 0 2 31 25
 Malaysia 5 5 0 0 36 4
 Hong Kong 5 2 1 2 17 13
 Chinese Taipei 5 2 0 3 21 11
 Mongolia 4 4 0 0 16 4
 Greece 3 1 0 2 6 11
 Macau 2 2 0 0 15 0
 Algeria 2 2 0 0 16 6
 Oman 2 2 0 0 19 3
 Qatar 2 2 0 0 13 3
 Bahrain 1 1 0 0 25 0
 Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 14 1
 India 1 1 0 0 10 0
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 9 0
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 9 1
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 4 2
 Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1 0 38
 Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 0 14
 South Africa 1 0 0 1 0 15
 Luxembourg 2 0 0 2 3 11
 North Korea 2 0 0 2 5 14
 Ireland 2 0 0 2 5 15
Total 63 44 1 18 318 200

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loonen, Joeri (2010-04-20). "From Abu Dhabi to the Acropolis". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  2. ^ Merk, Martin (2010-06-08). "UAE wins Gulf Championship". International Ice Hockey Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. ^ IIHF (2016-03-31). "Men’s Div. III begins". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  4. ^ "2016 Challenge Cup of Asia - United Arab Emirates. (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 

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