Day: August 23, 2016

Iran National Hockey Team Wins First Ever Hockey Game

By Steven Ellis – Eurohockey.com

Just under two months after hitting the ice for their first ever training camp, Iran’s national ice hockey team has won their first ever ice hockey match, a 5-4 win over HC Almaty.

Just under two months after hitting the ice for their first ever training camp, Iran’s national ice hockey team has won their first ever ice hockey match, a 5-4 win over HC Almaty.

Made up of mainly inline players from their inline program, Iran has spent the past few days training in Kazakhstan with coach Sergei Shavernev, who has served as the head coach of Kyrgyzstan at the Asian Winter Games and Challenge Cup of Asia. Back in June, the team participated in a camp in Italy, looking to secure the best players to build a solid foundation on. On Tuesday, they met up with HC Almaty, a team in the top division of hockey in Kazakhstan, taking the 5-4 victory in a close debut match for the team. Click here for video of the team celebrating.

Iran is set to participate in their very first tournament in 2017, the 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. The final team list has not been confirmed for the tournament, but as many as 20 teams have been rumored to participate in the men’s division.

The team currently has an Olympic-sized rink in Iran, which is required by the IIHF to participate internationally. While the team does have some of the requirements to play in official competitions, the team has yet to become an IIHF member and is seeking to do so.

To learn more about hockey in Iran, check out this interview with head coach Kaveh Sedghi, as well as Davide Tuniz’s interview with inline captain Arsalan Monfared.

Jim Setters in Lithuania

Jim Setters has been coaching U20 and U18 national teams from Germany during 24 years

By IIHF.com

Jim Setters, the long-time head coach of the German U20 and U18 national teams, will lead the Lithuanian U20 national team.

Setters was coaching the German U20 national team from 1997 to 1999 and the U18 national team for 16 consecutive seasons from 2000 to 2015 after a first stint from 1991 to 1997.

The 63-year-old, Canada-born former defenceman has been playing and coaching in Germany since 1980 and got in touch with Lithuania through another experienced coach from Germany, Bernd Haake, who has been coaching the Lithuanian men’s national team for the past four years.

At the Lithuanian U20 national team Setters will succeed Aigars Cipruss, who returned to Latvia to join KHL club Dinamo Riga as an assistant coach.

The U20 national team was the strongest national team from Lithuania last season being ranked 24th overall in the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship program.

In the upcoming season the team will play in the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division II Group A in Tallinn with Japan, host Estonia, Croatia, the Netherlands and Romania.