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Turkey Hockey Logo
Team Jersey
TurkeyJersey
Association
Turkish Ice Hockey Federation
Current coach
James MacEachern, 2008-
Most Games
Serkan Mustafa Yapıcılar: 50
Most Points
Serkan Mustafa Yapıcılar: 69
First Game
Flag of Greece Greece 15 - 3 Turkey Flag of Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 21, 1992)
Largest victory
Flag of Turkey Turkey 11 - 1 Armenia Flag of Armenia
(Reykjavík, Iceland; March 21, 2004)
Largest defeat
Flag of Spain Spain 38 - 0 Turkey Flag of Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 27, 1992)
IIHF World Ranking
41st
World Championships
International Competition
Current record: (W-L-T) 12-48-1

The Turkish men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Turkey, and is controlled by the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. It is currently ranked 41st in the IIHF's 2008 world final ranking list.

History Edit

Turkey debuted in 2002 at the World Championships ranking last (6th) in the Division II Group A played in Cape Town, South Africa between March 31 and April 6.

The national team placed last (3rd) place at the next championships in Division III in Auckland, New Zealand April 3–6, 2003.

Turkey finished in 2nd place in the 2004 Division III World Championships held March 16–21 in Reykjavík, Iceland, thereby earning promotion to Division II for 2005 championships.

However, a last place in Division II Group A played April 10–16, 2005 in Zagreb, Croatia relegated them back to Division III in 2006.

Turkey's national team was again promoted to Division II after finishing 2nd in the Division III Group A at the 2006 World Ice Hockey Championships held April 24–29 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Turkey competed in the Division II Group A at the 2007 World Ice Hockey Championships tournament held in Zagreb, Croatia from April 11 through April 17, 2007, where they once again finished last to be demoted back to division III.

The national team placed 4th at the 2008 IIHF World Championship - Division III held from March 31 – April 4, 2008 in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

The national team's head coach is James MacEachern from Canada. His assistant is Tarık Göçmen.



Notable Players Edit

Cengiz Çıplak (25) is regarded as the most talented Turkish player. He was awarded the MVP crown as best forward in Division II Group A at the 2007 World Ice Hockey Championships although skating for the team that relegated. He received the same trophy at World Championship 2004. At the World Championship Division 3 in Iceland he was the tournament's topscorer. Çıplak learned his hockey in Edmonton and played in lower North American leagues, such as in the QMJHL as junior. Within the 16 years' history of the Turkish national ice hockey team, 25 goals in 18 games of Cengiz Çıplak makes him the highest goalscorer of all time. Also he holds the record for the highest scorer in one game when he scored five goals in the game between Luxembourg and Turkey.

All-time Record against other nations Edit

As of May 25, 2009

Team GP W T L GF GA
Flag of Greece Greece 6 3 0 3 28 35
Flag of Armenia Armenia 2 2 0 0 19 4
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 6 2 0 4 32 33
Flag of Ireland Ireland 3 2 1 0 16 7
Flag of Mongolia Mongolia 1 1 0 0 11 3
Flag of Mexico Mexico 2 1 0 1 5 7
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 6 1 0 5 21 44
Flag of Serbia Serbia 1 0 0 1 4 6
Flag of North Korea North Korea 1 0 0 1 2 8
Flag of Korea South Korea 1 0 0 1 0 14
Flag of Estonia Estonia 1 0 0 1 0 24
Flag of Belgium Belgium 2 0 0 2 4 22
Flag of Spain Spain 2 0 0 2 2 48
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria 3 0 0 3 5 40
Flag of Iceland Iceland 4 0 0 4 7 29
Flag of Australia Australia 4 0 0 4 2 65
Flag of Croatia Croatia 4 0 0 4 3 99
Flag of Israel Israel 5 0 0 5 5 53
Flag of South Africa South Africa 7 0 0 7 9 89

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