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

 

The women from Slovakia have achieved promotion after a successful campaign in the Division IB World Championships.

By National teams of Ice Hockey

Slovakia secured their spot in the Division IA Championship after claiming victory in the Division IB tournament held in Riga, Latvia.

The team from Slovakia finished the competition with four wins and one loss, earning a total of 12 points, narrowly missing out on second place to the host country, Latvia. 

The Slovakia team expressed apprehension regarding the possibility of promotion without their star player, Nela Lopusanova, who was absent in North America to compete in the USA Hockey National championships. However, the team prevailed even in her absence and managed to secure the gold medal.

Janka Hlinkova, a forward from Slovakia, was recognized as the best forward of the tournament, scoring three goals and accumulating eight points in five games.

Latvia’s Karina Silajane was voted as the Most Valuable Player by the media, leading the tournament in scoring with nine points in five games. The 21-year-old player had an impressive season with Riga in the Baltic league, scoring 38 points in 16 games.

Pia Dukaric, representing Slovenia, once again received the title of Best Goaltender at the Division IB competition, putting up a remarkable performance to prevent her team from relegation. Dukaric faced nearly 100 more shots than any other goaltender in the tournament and made 72 more saves than the next closest goaltender, achieving a save rate of 0.951 in five games.

Italy’s Laura Lobis was honored as the Top Defender of the competition, showcasing her skills and contribution to her team’s performance throughout the tournament.

African Ice Hockey Players Gain Game Experience in Japan

Participants in the Friendship League’s hockey tour of Japan

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The collaboration between the African ice hockey players and the Friendship League exemplifies the power of sports in bringing people together and breaking down barriers. By promoting inclusivity and diversity within the world of ice hockey, initiatives like this tour help to create a more interconnected and understanding global community. Through continued efforts to support and develop the sport internationally, the Friendship League is making a positive impact on the lives of players and fans alike.

While ice hockey may not have the same level of popularity as other sports in Africa, there are efforts being made to introduce and develop the sport in the region. The small but determined group of players involved in ice hockey are playing a crucial role in raising awareness and building a community around the sport on the continent. Their dedication and hard work are helping to pave the way for the growth of ice hockey in Africa.

Recently, a group of players from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, and Kenya embarked on a tour of Japan to enhance their skills and gain valuable in-game experience. This opportunity was particularly significant as it is often challenging for these players to acquire such experiences in their home countries. The tour was made possible through the collaboration of the Friendship League and the Tokyo Canadians, a well-established community of expatriates in Japan who have brought their passion for the game to the Japanese capital. The Friendship League, founded in 2016, is an organization that utilizes the power of sports to promote cross-cultural engagement and tourism.

The Friendship League has organized hockey events in various countries across the globe, including Ecuador, Egypt, and North Korea. Now, Japan has been included in the list of countries where the Friendship League has successfully staged hockey events. This expansion of the league’s reach to Japan further demonstrates its commitment to fostering international connections and promoting unity through the universal language of sports.

A group of six African players recently participated in a tour of Japan, which included two games held at the DyDo Drinco Ice Arena, previously known as the Higashi-Fushimi Ice Arena, located on the outskirts of Tokyo.

Benjamin Mburu and Faith Sihoho were the representatives from Kenya within the group of six. The other members were Harond Litim, who came from Algeria, Mahmoud Ghonaim from Egypt, Charles Balha from Morocco, and Nadja Giessen-Hood from South Africa.

It was a momentous occasion for Sihoho as she ventured beyond the borders of Africa for the very first time, opening up a world of new experiences and opportunities. Meanwhile, Mburu’s name became known to many after his participation in the 2018 visit to Canada as part of the Kenyan national team, where he had the privilege of meeting and sharing the ice with the legendary NHL figure, Sidney Crosby.

Preview: 2024 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

As anticipation mounts and excitement fills the air, the stage is set for the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championship, promising an electrifying display of skill, determination, and international rivalry. Hosted in a venue pulsating with fervent fans and adorned with national colors, this prestigious tournament brings together the world’s finest female hockey players to compete for glory and the coveted title of world champions.

The tournament, slated to feature a lineup of powerhouse teams from across the globe, is expected to showcase a thrilling array of fast-paced action and strategic brilliance on the ice. Reigning champions will defend their honor against formidable challengers hungry for victory, setting the scene for intense clashes and unforgettable moments.

Key contenders such as United States, the Canada, Finland, and Switzerland are poised to assert their dominance, armed with seasoned veterans and rising stars eager to leave their mark on the international stage. Each team brings its own unique style and strengths, promising a diverse tapestry of playing styles and tactics throughout the competition.

The tournament’s format, featuring a series of round-robin matches followed by knockout stages, ensures that every game is a crucial battle where the margin for error is razor-thin. With national pride at stake and dreams of championship glory driving them forward, players will leave nothing to chance as they vie for supremacy on the ice.

Off the ice, the tournament serves as a celebration of the growing popularity and global reach of women’s ice hockey, highlighting the skill, athleticism, and passion of its participants. From inspiring young fans to breaking down barriers and stereotypes, the championship continues to serve as a beacon of progress and empowerment within the world of sports.

As the countdown to the first puck drop begins, the world’s attention turns to the ice, and the excitement reaches a fever pitch. Get ready for an unforgettable tournament that promises to captivate fans and leave a lasting impact on the world of women’s ice hockey.

Iran emerges victorious in the 2024 IIHF Women’s Asia and Oceania Cup

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Iran’s national team emerged victorious in the 2024 IIHF Women’s Asia and Oceania Cup, securing a resounding 4-0 win against the Philippines on Saturday. The thrilling competition took place at the Gorodskoi Katok in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, showcasing the talent and determination of the participating teams.

Prior to their triumph, Team Iran showcased their dominance by securing impressive victories in their previous matches. They defeated the UAE with a staggering 16-0 scoreline, followed by a convincing 6-0 win against Kyrgyzstan and a commanding 10-0 triumph over India. These remarkable performances demonstrated Iran’s exceptional skills and teamwork throughout the tournament.

Last year, Iran achieved a commendable result by securing a silver medal in the competition. Their performance in the tournament was noteworthy and showcased their talent and dedication in the sport of ice hockey.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) organized the 2024 IIHF Women’s Asia and Oceania Cup, a prestigious international ice hockey tournament exclusively for women. Held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from March 24 to 30, this edition of the tournament brought together teams from the region to compete for the coveted title.

Thailand Women Promoted to Division III Group A

Thailand promoted to Division IIIA

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

Thailand’s women’s team has achieved a remarkable feat by securing promotion after emerging victorious in the Division IIIB World Tournament. This achievement not only highlights the talent and dedication of the Thai players but also showcases their ability to compete at an international level. The team’s hard work and perseverance have paid off, and they can now look forward to competing in higher divisions in the future.

Throughout the entire week, Thailand displayed dominance on the ice by allowing only one goal to be scored against them. Their impressive defensive skills were evident as they outscored their opponents by a significant margin of 20-1. This remarkable performance showcased Thailand’s strength and determination in the sport.

During their tournament, they managed to secure impressive victories, such as 4-0 shutouts against Israel and Singapore. Additionally, they achieved a narrow 1-0 shutout over Estonia, showcasing their defensive prowess. The highlight of their performance was an outstanding 11-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, demonstrating their dominance on the ice.

Thamida Kunthadapakorn, a 17-year-old goalkeeper from Thailand, showcased an outstanding performance while playing for the Bangkok Warriors. In her two starts, she managed to stop all 39 shots she faced, resulting in shutouts for her team. Her exceptional skills and determination were evident as she successfully defended her team’s goal.

Thailand’s Wirasinee Rattananai emerged as the leading scorer of the tournament, accumulating six assists across four games.

The Thailand women’s national team has achieved a remarkable feat by securing victory in 18 consecutive matches, a streak that dates back to 2017. This impressive winning streak showcases the team’s dedication, skill, and ability to consistently perform at a high level on the field. The players and coaching staff have worked tirelessly to achieve this level of success, and their hard work and determination have clearly paid off.

03/07/17Philippines – Thailand121
03/11/17United Arab Emirates – Thailand117
03/12/17India – Thailand120
03/14/17Malaysia – Thailand116
03/15/17Singapore – Thailand16
03/10/18Singapore – Thailand110
04/14/19Chinese Taipei – Thailand23
04/18/19Singapore – Thailand19
04/19/19Malaysia – Thailand29
04/30/23United Arab Emirates – Thailand011
05/01/23Malaysia – Thailand011
05/03/23Singapore – Thailand213
05/06/23India – Thailand013
05/07/23Iran – Thailand13
03/24/24Israel – Thailand04
03/25/24Singapore – Thailand04
03/27/24Estonia – Thailand01
03/28/24Bosnia & Herzegovina – Thailand111

Thailand has been promoted to Group IIIA, marking a significant advancement for the country. On the other hand, Bulgaria, who had previously occupied the last position in Group IIIA, will now be demoted to Group IIIB. This reshuffling of groups reflects the varying performances of the two nations in the recent competition.

A Canadian coach sharing the knowledge of hockey in Kenya

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The geographical distance of approximately 12,000 miles between Ottawa and Nairobi, Kenya is quite significant, yet the sport of hockey has managed to create a connection between these two cities.

Ice hockey has found its way to Kenya, with adaptations made to accommodate the local environment.

Tim Colby, originally from Montreal and Ottawa, has taken on the responsibility of coaching the Kenyan Ice Lions, the top team in the country. Through his coaching role, Colby has been able to engage with and nurture the budding ice hockey talent in Kenya, showcasing the sport’s universal appeal and ability to transcend boundaries and continents.

Colby’s  coaching experience with the Kenyan Ice Lions was not part of his original plans. His involvement in coaching in Kenya was unplanned, originating from his collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency. Initially hesitant. Colby eventually recognized the increasing enthusiasm and involvement of Kenyans in hockey, which motivated him to fully embrace the coaching role.

After learning that Colby had dedicated a decade to coaching minor hockey in Ottawa, a group of people approached him to help take the sport to the next level. Despite their enthusiasm, Colby  agree to take on the role, foreseeing various obstacles that lay ahead. Some of the challenges  included the difficulty of acquiring essential equipment and the inconvenience of having to take an eight-hour flight to a faraway pro shop just to purchase skates. Furthermore, Colby noticed a trend where individuals who traveled to Nairobi for work and played hockey would often leave their gear behind when they returned home, leaving local players with the necessary equipment to continue playing the sport effectively.

Despite this, the passion exhibited by the people of Kenya for hockey did not go unrecognized. Notably, Alibaba provided generous sponsorship for numerous Kenyan players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, which helped to boost interest in the sport. Furthermore, Tim Horton’s, a well-known Canadian company, arranged for Kenyan players to travel to Canada. While in Canada, these players had the amazing chance to skate with esteemed hockey players like Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon.

The commitment and enthusiasm displayed by the Kenyan community towards hockey has undeniably attracted the interest of numerous individuals. Despite Colby’s initial doubts, it is clear that there is immense potential for the sport to flourish and progress in Kenya. The backing from esteemed organizations such as Alibaba and Tim Horton’s has not only opened doors for Kenyan players to engage in global competitions but has also facilitated connections with renowned hockey athletes. With this remarkable momentum, it is evident that the future of hockey in Kenya is filled with immense promise.

Kenya currently has just one ice rink situated in a Nairobi hotel, notably smaller than the typical hockey rinks around the world. Kenyans have embraced a high-speed 3-on-3 hockey variant devoid of icing or offsides. Colby envisions this distinctive gameplay style gaining broader recognition worldwide.

Kenya has expressed interest in joining the International Ice Hockey Federation, following in the footsteps of South Africa and other African nations that have recently join. With plans to host an all African 3-on 3
ice hockey tournament in 2025.

Kenya aims to further develop the sport in the region. Despite the challenges posed by limited resources and facilities, the passion for ice hockey in Kenya continues to grow, attracting both players and spectators alike.

Ukraine Win Gold In Zagreb

Ukraine Women’s National Team capture gold in Zagreb.

By National Teams of Ice Hockey

The Ukrainian national team clashed with Croatia in an exhilarating match, falling behind with the first goal but swiftly equalizing early in the second half. Despite being a player short for a considerable duration, the Ukrainian women dominated the game until the final whistle, clinching a well-earned triumph. This victory marked their fifth consecutive win in the tournament, securing them a place in next year’s world championship Division II B.

The team’s last appearance in Division II B was in 2020, heightening the significance of this accomplishment. It was a momentous day for Valeria Manczak-Jensen, the team’s captain and top scorer in the Division III A championship, as she commemorates her birthday alongside the victory on the ice.

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