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Association Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation
GM Kazakhstan Vadim Gusseinov
Head coach Russia Andrei Shayanov
Assistants Kazakhstan Sergei Tambulov
Kazakhstan Nurlan Orazbayev
Kazakhstan Galym Mambetaliyev
Most games Andrei Pchelyakov (55)
Most points Yevgeniy Koreshkov (73)
IIHF ranking 18
Highest IIHF ranking 11 (2006)
Lowest IIHF ranking 21 (2003)
First international
 Kazakhstan 5 – 1 Ukraine 
(St. Petersburg, Russia; April 14, 1992)
Biggest win
 Kazakhstan 52 – 1 Thailand 
(Changchun, China; January 29, 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Slovakia 11 – 2 Kazakhstan 
(Litvinov, Czech Republic; April 27, 1998)
 Great Britain 11 - 2 Kazakhstan 
(Ljubljana, Slovenia; April 21, 2001)
 Russia 10 - 1 Kazakhstan 
(Riga, Latvia; May 6, 2006)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 4 (first in 1998)
Best result 12th (2005)
Appearances 2 (first in 1998)
International record (W-L-T)

The Kazakhstani men's national ice hockey team is controlled by Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation. Kazakhstan is currently ranked 19th in the world. In their first Olympic Games in 1998, the Kazakhs were able to win their preliminary group, surprising many, and would finish the tournament in 8th place. Kazakhstan has 1,800 current players registered in the country (0.01% of its population). Their head coach is Yerlan Sagymbayev. The World Junior team played a game in late December of 1999 in the rural Manitoba town Carman against the local senior team. The score was 7-4 Kazakhstan.


National Junior U20 Team

Kazakhstan was promoted out of Pool B into Pool A for 1998. In Helsinki, Finland, the Kazakhs defeated Slovakia 5-2 to earn a spot in the quarter-finals. However, a devestating 14-1 loss to eventual gold-medalists Finland sent Kazakhstan to the placement games, where they defeated Canada 6-3 to finish 7th. It still stands as Kazakhstan's biggest win at the U20 level.

Nikolai Antropov became the first-ever Kazakh player drafted into the National Hockey League when selected the first-round by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1998. Antropov would captain the Kazakhstan team at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kazakhstan tied Belarus 2-2 and defeated Switzerland 3-0 to finish third place in Group B and went on to play Canada in the quarter-finals. Canada won 12-2. Nikolai Zarzhitskiy scored both Kazakhstan goals and got player-of-the-game award. Kazakhstan finished 8th and avoided relegation.

Kazakhstan was without Nikolai Antropov when he decided to stay with the Maple Leafs for the 1999-00 NHL season. Kazakhstan was demolished 14-1 by Russia on December 25, 1999. Kazakhstan's only win was a 5-2 win over Ukraine to qualify for the quarter-finals. Kazakhstan lost to the Czech-Republic 6-3.

Kazakhstan's four-year stay at the World Junior Hockey Championships ended in 2001 when the Kazakhs went win-less and lost their fight to avoid relegation to Belarus.

Kazakhstan spent six years in Division I and nearly came close to being promoted back to the top level. In 2007, Kazakhstan was finally promoted by edging Norway 3-2 in an IIHF U20 Division I tournament in Torre Pellice, Italy.

Kazakhstan played in the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships in Liberic, Czech-Republic. The Kazakhs wore only their white nike swift jerseys during the tournament because blue jerseys were not available. Kazakhstan was up 2-0 against Russia, but lost 5-4. Kazakhstan went on to defeat Switzerland 3-1 and defeated Denmark 6-3 to finished 8th.

Yakov Vorobyov became only the third Kazakh player to play in the Canadian Hockey League. Vorobyov played for the Ottawa 67's, but was released shortly after. Vadim Sozinov played for the Ottawa 67's in 2000-01 and Konstantin Pushkarov played for the Calgary Hitmen in 2004-05.

Kazakhstan boosted plenty of returning players from 2008 upon coming to Ottawa, Ontario to compete in the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Kazakhstan scored only 4 goals during the entire tournament and was relegated back to Division I after a 7-1 loss to Latvia.

Oleg Bolyakin will remain as head coach for Kazakhstan as the Kazakhs will play in the 2010 World Junior Championships, Division 1 held in Gdansk, Poland from December 14-20, 2009. Kazakhstan will compete against Belarus, Italy, Norway, Croatia, and Poland.

2006 Olympic team



  • Artyom Argokov
  • Alexey Koledayev
  • Oleg Kovalenko
  • Yevgeniy Pupkov
  • Denis Shemelin
  • Vitaliy Tregubov
  • Alexey Troshchinskiy
  • Alexey Vassilchenko


2006 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships roster



  • 1 Sergei Tambulov – Metallurg Serov
  • 41 Roman Medvedev – Gornyak Rudnyi



Olympic record

  • 1920–1992 – Part of the Soviet Union
  • 1994 – Did not qualify
  • 1998 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2002 – Did not qualify
  • 2006 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2010 – Did not qualify

World Championships record

  • 1930–1992 – Part of the Soviet Union
  • 1993 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in "Pool C")
  • 1994 – Finished in 24th place (4th in "Pool C")
  • 1995 – Finished in 22nd place (2nd in "Pool C")
  • 1996 – Finished in 21st place (Won "Pool C")
  • 1997 – Finished in 14th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1998 – Finished in 16th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 2000 – Finished in 18th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 2001 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in "Division I, Group B")
  • 2002 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in "Division I, Group A")
  • 2003 – Finished in 17th place (Won "Division I, Group A")
  • 2004 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2005 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2007 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in "Division I, Group A")
  • 2008 – Finished in 20th place (2nd in "Division I, Group A")
  • 2009 - 1st in "Division I, Group A"

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