United Arab Emirates men's national ice hockey team

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United Arab Emirates
Coat of arms of the United Arab Emirates.svg
The UAE uses their national emblem as a badge on their players jerseys.
Association UAE Ice Sports Federation
General Manager Khaled Al-Qubaisi
Head coach Artyom Senkevich
AssistantsMikhail Klimin
Sergei Zadelenov
CaptainJuma Al-Dhaheri
Most gamesJuma Al-Dhaheri &
Omar Al-Shamisi (65)
Most pointsJuma Al-Dhaheri (136)
Home stadium Abu Dhabi Ice Rink
Team colors    
IIHF codeUAE
Ranking
Current IIHF 47 Increase2.svg 1 (24 April 2020) [1]
Highest IIHF44 (first in 2015)
Lowest IIHF48 (first in 2019)
First international
United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 4–0 Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
(Changchun, China; 26 January 2007)
Biggest win
United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 25–0 Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
(Astana, Kazakhstan; 31 January 2011)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan  Flag of Kazakhstan.svg 38–0 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
(Changchun, China; 27 January 2007)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances7 (first in 2010 )
Best result45th (2014)
Asian Winter Games
Appearances3 (first in 2007 )
Best result6th (2007)
Arab Cup of Ice Hockey
Appearances1 (first in 2008 )
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (2008)
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia
Appearances9 (first in 2009 )
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (2009, 2012, 2017)
Gulf Ice Hockey Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2010 )
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
International record (W–L–T)
77–38–1
Medal record
Division III
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2019 United Arab Emirates (Qualification)
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Qualification)
Arab Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2008 Abu Dhabi
GCC Gulf Championship
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2010 Kuwait City
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2012 Abu Dhabi
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2014 Kuwait City
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Doha
Challenge Cup of Asia
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2009 Abu Dhabi
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2012 Dehradun
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Bangkok
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2010 Taipei City
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2011 Kuwait City
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2014 Abu Dhabi
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2015 Taipei City
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2016 Abu Dhabi

The UAE national ice hockey team (Arabic : منتخب الإمارات العربية المتحدة لهوكي الجليد) is the national men's ice hockey team of the United Arab Emirates. It is operated under the UAE Ice Sports Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). [2] As of 26 May 2019, the UAE is currently ranked 48th in the IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division III Group A tournament of the World Championships.

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History

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

In 2010, the UAE became the first from an Arab nation to play in the IIHF World Championship when they participated in Division III. [3] Although the UAE was not ranked in the world rankings until they played against Ireland, Luxembourg, and Greece, and finished last in Group A with a record of four losses. Their new head coach was Teemu Taruvuori of Finland. In May 2010, the UAE participated in the Kuwaiti organized GCC Gulf Championship, finishing first after winning all three of their games. [4]

Withdrawal from 2011 and 2016 IIHF tournaments

The UAE decided to withdraw from the 2011 Division III tournament in Cape Town, South Africa because they refused to compete against Israel, who was also in the tournament. They also withdrew from the 2016 Division III tournament, with no reason cited. [5]

Roster

Current roster of UAE as of 2019 [6]

Goaltenders
#PlayerCatchesHeightWeightDate of birthClub
20Ahmed Al DhaheriL173 cm85 kg20 December 1985 (age 35) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
1Khaled Al SuwaidiL175 cm80 kg27 March 1980 (age 40) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
Defencemen
#PlayerShootsHeightWeightDate of birthClub
17Saif Al AmeriR166 cm58 kg28 December 1998 (age 22) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
3Mohammed Al DhaheriR178 cm78 kg10 December 1994 (age 26) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
16Mohammed Al ShamsiL173 cm80 kg1 August 1998 (age 22) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
6Ahmed Al SuwaidiR187 cm110 kg16 September 1997 (age 23) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
11Nils RemL180 cm65 kg19 May 1990 (age 30) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
21Vitali SavkoR189 cm88 kg8 March 1974 (age 46) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
Forwards
#PlayerShootsHeightWeightDate of birthClub
12Faisal Al BaloushiL173 cm70 kg6 October 1983 (age 37) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
7Juma Al DhaheriL174 cm59 kg15 July 1975 (age 45) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
8Mohammed Al KaabiR174 cm59 kg13 September 1999 (age 21) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
23Mubarak Al MazroueiR173 cm66 kg25 February 1993 (age 27) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
5Khaled Al MahrouqiR171 cm65 kg1 August 1996 (age 24) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
2Suhail Al MehairiL172 cm71 kg7 January 1982 (age 39) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
18Saeed Al NuaimiL174 cm63 kg12 May 1991 (age 29) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
9Omar Al ShamsiL170 cm68 kg1 January 1974 (age 47) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Storms
14Salem Al YafeaiR167 cm68 kg8 August 1994 (age 26) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
15Artyom KarkotskyL187 cm91 kg28 October 1985 (age 35) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs
19Artur ZainutdinovL180 cm85 kg7 February 1992 (age 28) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Ain Theebs

Tournament record

World Championships

YearHostResultGPWOTWOTLL
1930 through 2009 Did not enter
2010 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Kockelscheuer 46th place
(4th in Division III A)
30003
2011 Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town Withdrew from tournament
(All games marked as 5–0 forfeits)
2012 Flag of Turkey.svg Erzurum Did not participate
2013 Flag of South Africa.svg Cape Town 46th place
(6th in Division III)
50005
2014 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Kockelscheuer 45th place
(5th in Division III)
51013
2015 Flag of Turkey.svg İzmir 46th place
(6th in Division III)
61014
2016 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Withdrew from tournament
(All games marked as 5–0 forfeits)
2017 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Sofia 47th place
(7th in Division III)
40004
2018 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Sarajevo 49th place
(3rd in Division III Q)
31002
2019 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi 47th place
(1st in Division III Q)
54001
2020 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Kockelscheuer Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [7]
2021 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [8]
Total8/113170222

Asian Winter Games

YearHostResultGPWOTWOTLL
1986 through 2003 Did not enter
2007 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Changchun 6th place42002
2011 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana 8th place
(3rd in Premier Division)
64002
2017 Flag of Japan.svg Sapporo 7th place
(3rd in Division I)
53002
Total3/3159006

Arab Cup/GCC Gulf Championship

YearHostResultGPWOTWOTLL
Arab Cup (2008)
2008 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place54100
GCC Gulf Championship (2010–2016)
2010 Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait City Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place33000
2012 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place54100
2014 Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait City Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place55000
2016 Flag of Qatar.svg Doha Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place55000
Total5/52321200

Challenge Cup of Asia

YearHostResultGPWOTWOTLL
2008 Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Did not participate
2009 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place55000
2010 Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Taipei City Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place53011
2011 Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait City Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place54001
2012 Flag of India.svg Dehradun Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place55000
2013 Flag of Thailand.svg Bangkok 6th place52012
2014 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place53101
2015 Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Taipei City Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place43001
2016 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Abu Dhabi Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd place43001
2017 Flag of Thailand.svg Bangkok Gold medal with cup.svg 1st place43100
2018 Flag of the Philippines.svg Pasay Did not participate
2019 Flag of Malaysia.svg Kuala Lumpur
2020 Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore
Total9/134231227

All-time record against other nations

Last match update: 6 April 2019

Key
    Positive balance(more Wins)
    Neutral balance(Wins = Losses)
    Negative balance(more Losses)
TeamGPWTLGFGA
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1616007816
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1310035839
Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia 88003812
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 6600467
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 5500404
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 4400306
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 4400283
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina*43012111
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 3300530
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 3300220
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 32012527
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 2200166
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 1100141
Flag of India.svg  India 1100100
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 110090
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 94143727
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 100104
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1001511
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 1001015
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 1001038
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 2002515
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 2002421
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 2002023
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 3102611
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 4004633
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 5005643
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 92072937
Total11677138586410

Note: The UAE was awarded a 5–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2017 IIHF World Championship Division III after Bosnia and Herzegovina forfeited the game. [9]

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