Month: April 2024 (Page 1 of 2)

Promotion for Team Belgium

By National Teams Of Ice Hockey

The Belgian men’s team wrapped up their journey in the IIHF Worlds Division 2, Group B tournament with a fifth and final game held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Going head-to-head against Georgia, this match served as the last chapter of their participation in the event.

The match against Georgia in the World Championship was highly competitive. In a surprising turn of events, the Belgians found themselves trailing behind for the first time in the tournament during the initial period. As Steyaert was penalized for tripping and sat in the penalty box, the Georgians capitalized on their numerical advantage and scored their first goal courtesy of Obolgogiani. Not long after, they managed to find the back of the net once again, catching goalie Lievens off guard with a goal from Shvetsov. However, just before the period concluded, Van Espen single-handedly brought the Belgians back into the game with an impressive goal.

Demonstrating their prowess on the ice, the Belgians made the most of their opportunities in the second period. With a power play advantage, team captain Gyesbreghs seized the moment and successfully equalized the score. Assisted by De Croock and Verelst, Gyesbreghs swiftly struck again, propelling the Belgians into the lead and showcasing their dominance in the game.

With less than six minutes remaining in the game, Marov from Georgia received a penalty for elbowing, providing the Belgians with a crucial power play opportunity to extend their lead. Despite their best efforts, the Georgians’ penalty killing unit operated efficiently, denying the Belgians any further goals during this advantage. However, in the 57th minute, De Croock of Belgium managed to widen the gap by assisting Verelst in scoring the fourth and final goal, ultimately sealing the victory for the Belgian team and promotion to DIV2, Group A for the upcoming year. 

The gold medal is proudly claimed by Croatia in Belgrade

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Croatia is rejoicing in their advancement following an impeccable week at the Men’s World Championship Division IIA in Belgrade. Their 3-0 triumph over host nation Serbia on Saturday. This victory is a testament to Croatia’s determination and skill on the ice. Their hard work and dedication throughout the tournament have paid off, culminating in a well-deserved promotion to Division IB. The team’s success serves as a source of pride for the country and its passionate hockey fans.

Croatia’s dominance was evident from start to finish in the decisive game, as they controlled the proceedings with ease. Their exceptional display of skill and strategy led to a shut-out victory, leaving Serbia looking uninspired and far from the formidable force they had been in their previous encounters. The solid defensive line of Croatia proved to be a major stumbling block for Serbia, who struggled to find their usual flair and failed to pose any real challenge to their opponents.

Rosandic’s exceptional performance as Croatia’s goalkeeper undoubtedly played a crucial role in the team’s achievements. His ability to maintain a high level of performance in all four games, coupled with his outstanding save percentage and low GAA, solidified his reputation as a top-tier goalkeeper in the competition.

Ireland win the 2024 IIHF Development cup

Ireland is rejoicing in their triumphant win.

By National Teams Of Ice Hockey

On Saturday, the Ireland men’s team emerged victorious and clinched the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Development Cup in Slovakia. In the final match held in Bratislava, Ireland triumphed over Portugal with an impressive scoreline of 5-1. The Irish goals were skillfully netted by Raimonds Karpinski, Ronan Weir, Nolan Regan, Declan Weir, and Andrew Stefura.

This remarkable win marked a perfect record for the Irish team throughout the tournament. Prior to the final, they had already showcased their prowess by defeating Brazil, Greece, Colombia, Argentina, and Portugal in the group phase. The team’s exceptional performance and cohesive gameplay were evident as they dominated their opponents and secured victory in each match.

The Development Cup, organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation, is specifically designed for associate members. This prestigious tournament, first held in 2017, provides a platform for emerging teams to showcase their talent and compete at an international level. In the inaugural edition, Ireland had finished as the runners-up, making their recent triumph even more significant. The team’s dedication, skill, and determination have undoubtedly solidified their position as a force to be reckoned with in the world of ice hockey.

Women’s Worlds welcomes the return of both Norway and Hungary to the prestigious event

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

This historic promotion for the Norway hockey girls is a momentous occasion for the team and the country as a whole. It signifies their exceptional performance and places them among the elite teams.

The Norwegian hockey girls have displayed an impressive level of talent and teamwork throughout the tournament. Their unwavering commitment and relentless efforts have paid off, as they have triumphed over every opponent they faced. The recent win against South Korea not only solidifies their unbeaten record but also cements their position in the Women’s World Championships for 2025. This achievement is a testament to their hard work and dedication, and it will undoubtedly inspire future generations of female ice hockey players in Norway.

The Hungarian squad emerged victorious over the French team with a remarkable display of skill, securing a 2-1 win after a hard-fought battle. Despite facing an initial setback, the Hungarian players showed resilience and determination, ultimately clinching the victory and securing a second-place finish in the Klagenfurt 1/A World Championship.

The women’s national team secured a commendable second place finish and swiftly reclaimed their position among the elite. Their journey continues in the Czechia next April, where they have the opportunity to further etch their success story.

While luck may not have always been on their side and goal-scoring opportunities were not plentiful, the team managed to find a way to emerge victorious. The tournament served as a valuable learning experience, teaching them important lessons along the way. Reflecting on their performance, the head coach expressed satisfaction with the team’s overall display and acknowledged that with a bit more fortune, the tournament could have been less challenging. Nonetheless, their ability to adapt and triumph in adverse situations is a testament to their resilience and determination.

Dream Nations Cup

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The Dream Nations Cup was established as a non-profit organization with the purpose of serving as a platform to demonstrate the progress of ice hockey on a worldwide level. In collaboration with prominent sponsors such as CCM and American Dream, the event joined forces with various hockey charitable causes, including Hockey4All, The Hockey Foundation, and the Friendship League, to involve more than 25 programs across six continents in the recruitment of participants for its inaugural edition. The tournament not only provides competitive games for Nations with top-notch officiating, professional in-game production value, and global media exposure, but also grants players and fans access to discounts for a wide range of attractions and experiences at a distinctive venue located near New York City. Looking ahead to next year’s iteration of the event, we aim to incorporate multi-language broadcasting and merchandise as part of our ongoing efforts.

Teams in the very first Dream Nations Cup.

Algeria
is making its debut in the United States for the first time, showcasing their ice hockey skills on an international platform.
Egypt’s men’s and women’s ice hockey teams are set to participate in the Dream Nations Cup, with the women’s team making their inaugural appearance.

Armenia HC, founded in 2022, is dedicated to fostering the growth of ice hockey in Armenia and supporting its development.

The Central American hockey team, established in 2021, represents seven countries in the region and includes players from Canada and the United States with Central American roots.

The Mexico Lions recently competed in the Latam Cup, showcasing their talent and passion for ice hockey.

Team Indigenous
is introducing men’s and women’s teams for its first ever international sport representation with a focus on promoting the sport and empowering Native American athletes.The Hockey Caribbean women’s team, a part of the Hockey Players of Color Movement, aims to provide opportunities for minority players with ties to the 23 territories of the region and debuted at the Latam Cup.

The Amsterdam Tigers, competing in the DFEL Bundesliga,, are committed to promoting ice hockey among women in Europe and creating a strong community of female players.

The Dream Nations Cup is scheduled to take place from April 24th to April 28th at The Rink at American Dream located in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Mongolia became champions and are Promoted to Division IIIB

Mongolia celebrates after winning the Ice Hockey World Championship Division IV tournament In Kuwait.

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The journey to the championship for Mongolia began with a convincing 9-3 triumph over Indonesia in the opening match of the Worlds. This initial victory set the tone for their subsequent performances, demonstrating their determination and prowess. Following this, Mongolia continued their winning streak by defeating Kuwait with a commendable score of 5-2, further. 

Mongolia secured their championship title by overpowering Malaysia with a resounding 14-2 victory, propelling them to Division IIIB. This remarkable triumph showcased Mongolia’s dominance and skill on the international stage, solidifying their position as the deserving champions of the tournament.

Mongolia emerged as the champion with a flawless record of 3 wins and 0 losses, securing the gold medal in the final standings. Kuwait claimed the silver medal with 2 victories and 1 loss, showcasing a commendable performance throughout the competition. Indonesia clinched the bronze medal despite finishing with 2 losses, thanks to an overtime win over Malaysia, who settled for the fourth position in the rankings.

Canada clinched the gold medal in the women’s hockey world championship

Canada wins 13th gold medal at IIHF Women’s World Championship.

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Seeking to avenge their heartbreaking loss from the previous year, the Canadian women’s hockey team showcased their unwavering resolve and resilience. Despite the disappointment of falling short in the gold-medal game on home ice, the Canadians refused to be deterred. With sheer determination and unwavering focus, they managed to reverse their fortunes in a nail-biting encounter against the United States. The thrilling 6-5 overtime victory in Utica, N.Y. not only secured the championship title but also served as a testament to their unwavering spirit.

The intense clash between Canada and the United States in women’s hockey reached its climax when Danielle Serdachny sealed the victory for her team. With the game deadlocked in overtime, Serdachny’s goal at the 5:16 mark proved to be the golden moment that tilted the scales in Canada’s favor. The United States, unfortunately, faced a setback as they were penalized for having an excess number of players on the ice, allowing Canada to capitalize on the power play opportunity.

Finland narrowly defeated the Czech Republic with a score of 3-2 in a thrilling shootout to secure the bronze medal. The intense match kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams fought hard until the very end. In the end, it was Finland’s determination and skill that ultimately led them to victory.

In a groundbreaking move, Czechia has been chosen as the host nation for the 2025 women’s world championship, which will take place from April 9-20. This momentous occasion will not only bring together the best female athletes from around the globe but also provide Czechia with an opportunity to shine on the international stage.

Kazakhstan’s women’s team emerged victorious over Spain, securing the World Championship title in Group II A

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

During the last game of the Women’s World Championship in Group II A, the Kazakhstan team emerged victorious over Spain with a score of 5-3. As a result of this triumph, Kazakhstan will advance to compete in Group I B in the upcoming year. This victory marks a significant achievement for the Kazakhstan team, showcasing their skill and determination on the international stage.

The trio’s outstanding performances throughout the championship earned them well-deserved recognition for their contributions to their team’s success. Chshyokolova’s stellar goalkeeping skills, Shegay’s crucial goal, and Orazbayeva’s overall outstanding play were instrumental in securing victory in the final game. Their individual awards were a testament to their hard work and dedication on the ice.

Danna Ramadan poised to make a strong presence in the goal for Egypt.

 

By National Team of Ice Hockey

Juggling a hectic schedule, Danna Ramadan’s ability to maintain utmost organization is crucial for her to dedicate herself to particular tasks. Currently, her primary endeavor revolves around guarding the net as one of the two goalies for the Princeton Tiger Lillies of New Jersey.

Ramadan, a player with dual citizenship, is set to represent the National Egyptian Women’s Hockey Team during the first-ever Dream Nations Cup. In addition to her rigorous hockey schedule, the 16-year-old athlete must also balance her academic commitments. She has put importance of preparing for the SAT exams while juggling her training sessions.

Ramadan, whose aspiration is to compete in Division I college hockey, began her hockey journey approximately seven years ago. Transitioning to the position of goalie after spending a year on the ice, she embraced the unique challenges and responsibilities that came with the role.

Danna Ramadan was first introduced to the sport by her father, Sameh Ramadan, who holds dual citizenship and was born in America.

Sameh, who grew up in New Jersey, developed a passion for ice hockey and became a devoted fan of the Rangers. He spent his childhood playing street hockey and ice hockey, honing his skills and love for the game.

In 2016, Sameh’s cousin, who was residing in Egypt at the time, was actively involved in ice hockey as a goalie. This connection sparked Sameh’s interest, and he decided to participate in the inaugural African Ice Hockey Clubs Cup held in Morocco. It was an exciting opportunity for Sameh to showcase his talent and contribute to the growth of ice hockey in Africa.

The destruction of Egypt served as a catalyst for Sameh to step up his involvement in the sport. His efforts to pave the way for Egypt’s entry into the IIHF and official recognition from the government marked a significant turning point. As a result, by the year 2021, Egypt found itself under the auspices of the Egyptian National Olympic Committee, entrusted with the task of fostering the growth of ice hockey in the country.

The Dream Nations Cup holds great significance for Danna Ramadan, as it signifies the debut of Egypt’s women’s national ice hockey team. This groundbreaking moment fills her with excitement and anticipation. Ramadan considers it a tremendous privilege to not only be a part of the team but also to serve as their goalie, a position that requires skill, dedication, and leadership.

One might assume that a country with vast desert landscapes and a scarcity of ice rinks would not be a breeding ground for ice hockey talent. Nevertheless, the rise of individuals such as Sarah Nurse and Hillary Knight serves as a testament to the fact that exceptional athletes can emerge from the unlikeliest of origins.

The Gold Medal is secured by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRKs), which has not competed since 2019. There was a sense of mystery surrounding the DPRK’s return to the international stage.

As the tension mounted, fans eagerly awaited the highly anticipated showdown between Australia and  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRKs). The atmosphere was electric as both teams took to the ice for the crucial match that would determine the group winner. With everything on the line, the players left it all out on the ice in a thrilling display of skill and determination.

In the end, it was  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRKs) who emerged victorious, narrowly edging out Australia in a hard-fought battle that went down to the wire. The final score was a testament to the competitive spirit of both teams, with  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRKs) securing a 1-0 penalty shootout win to claim the top spot in the group. The victory was a sweet moment of triumph for the  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRKs) in team, who had fought tirelessly throughout the tournament.

The tension was palpable as the shootout unfolded, with each goal adding to the excitement of the moment. Su Hyon Jong and Hyang Jang’s successful shots for DPRKs put them in a favorable position, while Phoebe Roberts’ goal for Australia kept the match intense. The final result of 2-1 penalty shootout in favor of DPRKs showcased the resilience and skill of both teams, with DPRKs ultimately clinching the gold medal in a hard-fought battle.

The intense showdown culminated in a thrilling finish, with Jang’s skillful goal and Kum Hyang Jo’s remarkable saves highlighting the determination and talent displayed by both teams. The resilience of the goalkeepers in the shootout added to the excitement of the match, leaving a lasting impression on the spectators and solidifying the significance of teamwork and individual brilliance in the world of sports.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRKs) achieved an impressive feat in their recent victory, securing a total of four regulation wins and one shootout win. This outstanding performance earned them a remarkable 14 points, surpassing Australia by a single point. Australia also showcased their strength with four regulation wins and a shootout loss. DPRKs commenced their tournament with a dominant 5-1 triumph over New Zealand, followed by a resounding 14-0 victory against South Africa. Additionally, they triumphed over Türkiye with a convincing 7-1 win. In their fourth game, DPRKs faced a tense battle against Hong Kong, narrowly emerging victorious with a close score of 2-1. Hong Kong also displayed their prowess throughout the tournament and ultimately secured the bronze medal.

Tournament’s Top Players

Türkiye’s: Erva Kanat – Top Goalkeeper 

Australia: Matilda Pethrick – Top Defender

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Su Hyon Jong – Top Forward

 

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