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Team Ireland
Irish national ice hockey team logo.png
League Division II IIHF World Championships
Founded 1996
History Team Ireland
Established 1996
Arena Dundalk Ice Dome
Capacity 1,200
City Dundalk,
County Louth, Ireland
President Republic of Ireland Mr. Cliff Saunders
General Secretary Republic of Ireland Mr. Mark Bowes
Technical Director & Head of Coaching Republic of Ireland Mr. Keith Daly
Head coach United States Mr. Jim Tibbets
Assistant Coach United States Mr. Scott Fusco
Coaching Staff Republic of Ireland Tony Griffin
Physio Republic of Ireland Mr. Joe Clifford
Equipment Manager United Kingdom Mr. John Crowley
General Manager Republic of Ireland Mr. Mick Higgins

Irish men's national ice hockey team is the National Squad run by the Irish Ice Hockey Association. The team gained promotion to Division II of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2007, but after being pointless in their Division II debut, the team has been relegated to Division III.[1] The team has members from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and has a working relationship with the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League and new Irish clubs, Flyers Ice Hockey Club and Dundalk Bulls.

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History

The Republic of Ireland was accepted into the International Ice Hockey Federation in May 1996 after a nomination by Great Britain and a second by Canada. They have not had a long history of international competition, with the Ireland senior team first competing in 2004.

IIHF World Ranking

In the IIHF World Ranking, Ireland is ranked 42nd out of 48 as of 2009.

International Competition

(statistics, standings, and results taken from the IIHF [2]IIHF Tournament Page)

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2004 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Reykjavík, Iceland

Game 1. Ireland 3 Mexico 8
Game 2. Armenia 1 Ireland 15
Game 3. Ireland 1 Iceland 7
Game 4. Turkey 7 Ireland 4

Final Result: Fourth Place, One Win, Three Losses for 2 points, 23 Goals For, 23 Goals Against

2005 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Mexico City, Mexico

Game 1. Ireland 23 Armenia 1
Game 2. Luxembourg 8 Ireland 4
Game 3. Ireland 4 South Africa 5
Game 4. Mexico 6 Ireland 1
Final Result: Fourth Place, One Win, Three Losses for 2 points, 32 Goals For, 20 Goals Against

2006 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Reykjavík, Iceland

Game 1. Ireland 0 Armenia 6
Game 2. Iceland 8 Ireland 0
Game 3. Turkey 2 Ireland 2
Game 4. Ireland 3 Luxembourg 1
Final Result: Fourth Place, One Win, Two Losses, One Tie for 3 points, 5 Goals For, 17 Goals Against

2007 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Dundalk, Ireland

Game 1. Ireland 11 Mongolia 0
Game 2. Ireland 2 New Zealand 4
Game 3. Ireland 3 South Africa 1
Game 4. Ireland 4 Luxembourg 3 [OT)
Final Result: Second Place Two Wins, One Overtime Win, One Loss for 8 points, 20 Goals For, 8 Goals Against [Team Ireland are Promoted to Division II of the IIHF World Championships]

2008 IIHF Ice Hockey Division II World Championships Miercurea Ciuc, Romania

Game 1. Ireland 1 Serbia 13
Game 2. Ireland 4 Bulgaria 7
Game 3. Ireland 1 Belgium 9
Game 4. Ireland 1 Romania 21
Game 5. Ireland 1 Israel 7
Final Result: Sixth Place Zero Wins, Five Losses for 0 points, 8 Goals For, 57 Goals Against [Team Ireland is relegated to the 2009 IIHF World Championship Div III]

2009 IIHF Ice Hockey Division III World Championships Dunedin, New Zealand

Game 1. Ireland 3 Greece 7
Game 2. Ireland 3 Luxembourg 8
Game 3. Ireland 5 Mongolia 0(Forfeit)
Game 4. Ireland 1 Turkey 7
Game 5. Ireland 0 New Zealand 9
Final Result: Fifth Place One Win, Four Losses for 3 points, 12 Goals For, 31 Goals Against

Notable Personnel

Ireland Roster

(roster taken from the IIHF [3]IIHF Tournament Page)

  • Head coach: Republic of Ireland James Tibbets
Pos. No. Player Team
GK 1 Adam Pepper Republic of Ireland Dundalk Bulls
GK 25 Scott Bickerstaff Republic of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
D 3 Patrick McCabe Republic of Ireland Flyers IHC
D 6 Timothy O'Driscoll Republic of Ireland Dublin Rams
D 12 David Gibson Republic of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
D 13 Dean Kelley Republic of Ireland Flyers IHC
D 16 Robert Leckey Republic of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
F 4 Stephen Cooper Republic of Ireland Flyers IHC
F 7 Ross Bickerstaff Republic of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
F 8 Barry Higgins Republic of Ireland Flyers IHC
F 9 Stephen Balmer Republic of Ireland Hawks
F 10 Adam Jackson-Wyatt Canada Vaughan Rangers
F 11 Philip Darcy Republic of Ireland Flyers IHC
F 15 Adam McCaul Sweden Partille HK
F 17 Mark Reynolds Republic of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants
F 18 Andrew Guest Republic of Ireland Toronto Aeros Under 21 AAA
F 21 Christopher Adams Republic of Ireland Dublin Wolves
F 22 Mark Morrison United Kingdom Belfast Giants
F 23 Stephen Adams Republic of Ireland Hawks
F 24 Gareth Roberts Republic of Ireland Belfast Junior Giants

Future

Team Ireland lift Silver at Dundalk Ice Dome

Early in 2007 Team Ireland moved their headquarters to the Dundalk Ice Dome. It is envisaged that the Ice Dome will become a centre of excellence for ice hockey in the Republic of Ireland and it was here that Team Ireland took silver in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships Division III and gained promotion to Division II.

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