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The Spanish men's national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey of Spain, and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Spain is currently ranked 34th in the IIHF World Rankings and competes in IIHF World Championship Division II.

First game: Flag of Spain Spain 0 - 12 Switzerland Flag of Switzerland
(Milano, Italy; March 14, 1924)

HistoryEdit

On March 10, 1923,[1] Spain joined the IIHF after the Spanish Winter Sports Federation was founded in the same year. After building an artificial rink in Madrid, Spain, they entered their first international tournament in late 1923. Spain won their first international game against Belgium in the Challenge de Haute–Garonne tournament held in Bagnères-de-Luchon, France. They lost their next game in the tournament to France.[2]

In 1924, Spain competed in the Ice Hockey European Championships held in Milan, Italy. During their first game against Switzerland, two of Spain's seven players were injured. Due to this, Switzerland agreed to play with only five players allowing the game to continue. Switzerland ended up winning 12–0. Spain was forced to forfeit their second game against Sweden due to the injuries suffered by their players. Sweden had also agreed to play with five players.[2]

Spain
[1]The Coat of arms of Spain is the badge used on the players jerseys.
Association Federación Española de Deportes de Hielo
General Manager [2] Carlos Gordovil
Head coach [3] William Wilkinson
Assistants [4] Christopher MacDonald
Captain Salvador Barnola
Most games Inaki Salegui (61)
Most points Inaki Salegui (72)
IIHF code ESP
IIHF ranking 30
Highest IIHF ranking 30 (2010)
Lowest IIHF ranking 37 (first in 2005)
Team colours
[5]
First international
Spain 6 – 4 Belgium(Luchon, France; December 21, 1923)
Biggest win
Spain 38 - 0 Turkey(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 27, 1992)
Biggest defeat
Netherlands 19 - 0 Spain(Las Palmas, Spain; March 13, 1978)
International record (W–L–T)
60-101-11

After the European Championships, Spain entered the Coupe de Davos in Davos, Switzerland. Days before the tournament, Spain had upset Switzerland 4–0. The tournament had 12 teams broken into four groups with Spain being placed in group two along with Switzerland and Germany. Spain lost to Switzerland, 6–0 and to Germany, 7–0. Spain also lost to Germany's second team, 2–0 but avoided being in last place by beating Italy, 4–0. On January 1, 1925, Spain played Germany's second team again, winning in double overtime 3–1. After beating Germany, Spain went on a Swiss tour winning three of the games they played. Spain played in the Challenge de Haute–Garonne for the second time in January 1925. During the tournament, they defeated Belgium's second team 4–1 and tied France 3–3.[2]

In 1926, Spain again competed in the European Championships held in Davos, Switzerland. In their first game against Belgium, Spain lost 5–0. They also lost their second game to Czechoslovakia (9-2). In the consolation pool, Spain tied Italy 2–2 and lost to Poland, 4–1.[2]

Spain has competed in the IIHF World Championship Division II since it began in 2001. During the first year of the tournament in 2001, Spain defeated South Africa, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand. However they lost to South Korea preventing Spain from finishing in first.[3] In 2002, Spain finished in third place in Group B after defeating Bulgaria, Iceland and Luxembourg and losing to Yugoslavia and Lithuania.[4] During the 2003 version of the tournament, Spain defeated South Africa, Mexico and Australia and lost to Yugoslavia and South Korea. Spain finished in third place in Group A.[5] Spain hosted the Division II tournament in 2004 and finished fourth place in Group A by defeating Israel and Luxembourg. Spain lost to China, Croatia and Australia.[6] 2005 was a down year for Spain as they finished in fifth place in Group B with only two points. Spain's only win came against Iceland while they lost to Serbia and Montenegro, Belgium, Israel and North Korea.[7]

In 2006, they lost to Serbia and Montenegro, Romania men's national ice hockey team and twice to Bulgaria while beating South Africa for their lone win. They finished in fifth place in Group A for the second straight year.[8] In 2007 they defeated Bulgaria, Turkey and Serbia and lost to Belgium and Croatia. Unlike the prior two years Spain finished in third place with nine points.[9] In 2008, Spain finished in third place by defeating Australia, Iceland and Mexico and lost to China and New Zealand.[10] Spain won three games and lost two in 2009, their three wins came against Mexico, Bulgaria and South Africa while they lost to South Korea and Belgium. Spain finished in third place with nine points.[11]

Spain was ranked 34th in the IIHF World Rankings in 2009. In 2010, Spain rose in the rankings to 30th and competed in Division II of the 2010 IIHF World Championship. They finished first in their group at the tournament and hence got promoted to Division I for the first time in their history. [1]

2008 World Championship teamEdit

Pos. No. Player DoB (Age) Team
GK 1 Aaron Carretero July 12 1988 (1988-07-12) (age 28) Flag of Spain CH Txuri-Urdin
GK 20 José Luis Alonso March 23 1976 (1976-03-23) (age 40) Flag of Spain CH Jaca
D 2 Eduardo Paz December 12 1981 (1981-12-12) (age 34) Flag of Spain CH Majadahonda
D 5 Guillermo Beltrán October 12 1985 (1985-10-12) (age 31) Flag of Spain CH Jaca
D 8 Orlando Pereiro December 9 1982 (1982-12-09) (age 34) Flag of Spain CG Puigcerdà
D 9 Juan Brabo May 5 1987 (1987-05-05) (age 29) Flag of Spain CH Txuri-Urdin
D 10 Diego Pérez September 15 1988 (1988-09-15) (age 28) Flag of Spain CH Txuri-Urdin
D 14 Daniel Hilário June 14 1979 (1979-06-14) (age 37) Flag of Spain CG Puigcerdà
D 15 Dany Parra February 21 1981 (1981-02-21) (age 35) Flag of Spain CG Vielha Val Djaran
D 21 Daniel Almendros December 16 1982 (1982-12-16) (age 33) Flag of Spain CG Puigcerdà
F 6 Rudolpho Barnola September 6 1977 (1977-09-06) (age 39) Flag of Spain CG Puigcerdà
F 7 Ribot Bastien December 25 1986 (1986-12-25) (age 29) Flag of Spain CG Puigcerdà
F 11 Antonio Gavilanes September 22 1976 (1976-09-22) (age 40) Flag of Spain CH Roller Gasteiz
F 12 Alejandro Pedraz September 4 1990 (1990-09-04) (age 26) Flag of Finland KalPa Kuopio
F 13 Iván Codina August 24 1977 (1977-08-24) (age 39) Flag of Spain FC Barcelona
F 16 Pablo Gijon April 28 1983 (1983-04-28) (age 33) Flag of Spain CH Majadahonda
F 17 Alexey Roshchyn March 20 1985 (1985-03-20) (age 31) Flag of Spain CH Jaca
F 18 Gorka Echevarria June 8 1983 (1983-06-08) (age 33) Flag of Spain CH Roller Gasteiz
F 19 Ignacio Salegui October 10 1966 (1966-10-10) (age 50) Flag of Spain CG Vielha Val Djaran
F 22 Juan Muñoz August 30 1990 (1990-08-30) (age 26) Flag of Finland KalPa
F 23 Carlos Santanatalia February 23 1988 (1988-02-23) (age 28) Flag of Spain CH Jaca
F 24 Pablo Muñoz April 26 1987 (1987-04-26) (age 29) Flag of Spain FC Barcelona


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