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Team Ireland
League Division II IIHF World Championships
Founded 1996
History Team Ireland
Established 1996</br>
Arena Dundalk Ice Dome
Capacity 1,200
City Dundalk,
County Louth, Ireland
President Flag of Ireland Mr. William Fay
General Secretary Flag of Ireland Mr. Dean Kelly
Head coach Flag of the United States Mr. James Tibbets
Assistant Coach Flag of the United Kingdom Mr. Kenneth Redmond
Physio Flag of Norway Mr. Robert Schistad
Equipment Manager Flag of the United Kingdom Mr. John Crowley
General Manager Flag of Ireland Mr. Anthony Griffin

Irish men's national ice hockey team is the National Squad run by the Irish Ice Hockey Association. The team gained promotion to Division II of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2007, but after being pointless in their Division II debut, the team has been relegated to Division III.[1] The team has members from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has a working relationship with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League and new Irish clubs, Flyers Ice Hockey Club and Dundalk Bulls.

HistoryEdit

The Republic of Ireland was accepted into the International Ice Hockey Federation in May 1996 after a nomination by Great Britain and a second by Canada. They have not had a long history of international competition, with the Ireland senior team first competing in 2004.

IIHF World RankingEdit

In the IIHF World Ranking, Ireland is ranked 41st out of 49 as of September 2010.

International CompetitionEdit

(statistics, standings, and results taken from the IIHF [2] IIHF Tournament Page)

2004 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Reykjavík, IcelandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 3 Mexico 8
Game 2. Armenia 1 Ireland 15
Game 3. Ireland 1 Iceland 7
Game 4. Turkey 7 Ireland 4

Final Result: Fourth Place, One Win, Three Losses for 2 points, 23 Goals For, 23 Goals Against

2005 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Mexico City, MexicoEdit

Game 1. Ireland 23 Armenia 1
Game 2. Luxembourg 8 Ireland 4
Game 3. Ireland 4 South Africa 5
Game 4. Mexico 6 Ireland 1
Final Result: Fourth Place, One Win, Three Losses for 2 points, 32 Goals For, 20 Goals Against

2006 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Reykjavík, IcelandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 0 Armenia 6
Game 2. Iceland 8 Ireland 0
Game 3. Turkey 2 Ireland 2
Game 4. Ireland 3 Luxembourg 1
Final Result: Fourth Place, One Win, Two Losses, One Tie for 3 points, 5 Goals For, 17 Goals Against

2007 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Dundalk, IrelandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 11 Mongolia 0
Game 2. Ireland 2 New Zealand 4
Game 3. Ireland 3 South Africa 1
Game 4. Ireland 4 Luxembourg 3 [OT)
Final Result: Second Place Two Wins, One Overtime Win, One Loss for 8 points, 20 Goals For, 8 Goals Against [Team Ireland are Promoted to Division II of the IIHF World Championships]

2008 IIHF Ice Hockey Division II World Championships Miercurea Ciuc, RomaniaEdit

Game 1. Ireland 1 Serbia 13
Game 2. Ireland 4 Bulgaria 7
Game 3. Ireland 1 Belgium 9
Game 4. Ireland 1 Romania 21
Game 5. Ireland 1 Israel 7
Final Result: Sixth Place Zero Wins, Five Losses for 0 points, 8 Goals For, 57 Goals Against [Team Ireland is relegated to the 2009 IIHF World Championship Div III]

2009 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Dunedin, New ZealandEdit

Game 1. Ireland 3 Greece 7
Game 2. Ireland 3 Luxembourg 8
Game 3. Ireland 5 Mongolia 0(Forfeit)
Game 4. Ireland 1 Turkey 7
Game 5. Ireland 0 New Zealand 9
Final Result: Fifth Place One Win, Four Losses for 3 points, 12 Goals For, 31 Goals Against

2010 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III Group A World Championships Kockelscheuer, LuxembourgEdit

Game 1. Ireland 6 Luxembourg 4
Game 2. Greece 1 Ireland 3
Game 3. UA Emirates 2 Ireland 8
Final Result: First Place Three Wins, Zero Losses for 9 points, 17 Goals For, 7 Goals Against

Notable PersonnelEdit

Ireland RosterEdit

(roster taken from the IIHF [3] IIHF Tournament Page)

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 1 Adam Pepper Flag of Ireland Dundalk Bulls
GK 25 Scott Bickerstaff Flag of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
D 3 Patrick McCabe Flag of Ireland Flyers IHC
D 6 Timothy Ross O'Driscoll Flag of the United States Rhode Island Storm
D 12 David Gibson Flag of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
D 13 Dean Kelley Flag of Ireland Flyers IHC
D 16 Robert Leckey Flag of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
F 4 Stephen Cooper Flag of Ireland Flyers IHC
F 7 Ross Bickerstaff Flag of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
F 8 Barry Higgins Flag of Ireland Flyers IHC
F 9 Stephen Balmer Flag of Ireland Hawks
F 10 Adam Jackson-Wyatt Flag of Canada Vaughan Rangers
F 11 Philip Darcy Flag of Ireland Flyers IHC
F 15 Adam McCaul Flag of Sweden Partille HK
F 17 Mark Reynolds Flag of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
F 18 Andrew Guest Flag of Ireland Toronto Aeros Under 21 AAA
F 21 Christopher Adams Flag of Ireland Dublin Wolves
F 22 Mark Morrison Flag of Great Britain Belfast Giants
F 23 Stephen Adams Flag of Ireland Hawks
F 24 Gareth Roberts Flag of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants

FutureEdit

Ireland lift Silver in Dundalk

Team Ireland lift Silver at Dundalk Ice Dome

Early in 2007 Team Ireland moved their headquarters to the Dundalk Ice Dome. It is envisaged that the Ice Dome will become a centre of excellence for ice hockey in the Republic of Ireland and it was here that Team Ireland took silver in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships Division III and gained promotion to Division II.

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