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The Romanian men's national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey of Romania, and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. They are currently ranked 27th in the 2008 IIHF World Rankings and currently compete in IIHF World Championship Division I. They have competed in four Olympic ice hockey competitions.

Olympic competition Romania started Olympic hockey in 1964 in the B division. In the tournament, the team finished 12th out of 16 teams and managed 3 wins against Austria, Italy, and Hungary also with a tie against Yugoslavia. In 1968, Romania lost its qualification match against West Germany 7-0 and was forced to compete in the B division again. In the first two games, Romania beat Austria 3-2 and the Host, France 7-3. They lost their next three games and finished 12th out of 14 in the standings. After skipping the 1972 competition, Romania returned for the 1976 tournament. This time Romania played Poland in the Qualification round and lost 7-4, keeping them in the B division once again. However, Romania battled back and won 4 of 5 games with only one loss against Yugoslavia, but still won the division. The team finished 7th out of 12. In 1980, Romania was able to play with the top teams and was put into the Blue Division group, along with tough opponents such as Sweden, Czechoslovakia, and USA. In the first game Romania was down 4-3 to West Germany going into the third period, but managed to scored 3 goals to win 6-4. In their next game Romania got shut out by Sweden 8-0. After two more lopsided losses to Czechoslovakia and USA, Romania played Norway, who had lost all four of their past games and had no chance to advance to the Medal Round. Romania fell behind less than a minute into the game, but stormed back to take the lead 3-1 in the third period. The Norwegian team battled back though, and scored once with a minute and a half left to play, and scored once more to tie it with only 29 seconds left. This tie still gave Romania one point but they had been hoping for a win. They finished the tournament with a 1-3-1 record, and were ranked 9th out of 12, just beating West Germany, Norway, and Japan.

The Romanians were the winners of the World Championship Division II (Group A) in the 2008 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships and were promoted to Division I.


Pos. No. Player Team
GK 29 István Cergő Steaua Bucharest
GK 30 Szabolcs Molnár Progym Gheorgheni
D 2 István Sprencz SC Miercurea Ciuc
D 3 Szabolcs Molnár Sportul Studentesc
D 4 Attila Dávid SC Miercurea Ciuc
D 10 István Antal SC Miercurea Ciuc
D 16 Szabolcs Tankó Fenestela 68 Brasov
D 18 Endre Kósa SC Miercurea Ciuc
D 25 Csaba Nagy Progym Gheorgheni
D 28 Szabolcs Papp SC Miercurea Ciuc
F 6 Tihamér Becze Budapest Stars
F 7 Csanád Virág HC Csikszereda
F 9 Cătălin Geru Steaua Bucharest
F 12 Ciprian Ţapu Steaua Bucharest
F 13 Leonard Paşcaru Steaua Bucharest
F 14 Mihail Georgescu Steaua Bucharest
F 15 Levente Zsók SC Miercurea Ciuc
F 23 Ervin Moldovan SC Miercurea Ciuc
F 24 Zsolt Molnár HC Csikszereda
F 26 Attila Imecs Budapest Stars
F 27 Szabolcs Szőcs SC Miercurea Ciuc

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