Spanish national ice hockey team
|Association||Federación Española de Deportes de Hielo|
|IIHF member||since 1923|
|World ranking||31st place|
|Assistant coach||Maurizio Mansi , Timo Tuomi|
|Most games||Salvador Barnola (88 games)|
|Most of the points||Iñaki Salegui (88 points)|
First international match Spain 6-4 Belgium Luchon , France ; December 21, 1923
Biggest win Spain 38-0 Turkey Johannesburg , South Africa ; March 27, 1992
Biggest defeat Spain 0:19 Netherlands Las Palmas , Spain ; March 13, 1978
|Participation||34 (first 1977 )|
|best result||22nd place in 1977|
|(As of October 30, 2017)|
The Spanish national ice hockey team represents Spain on an international level in the sport of ice hockey . Spain currently ranks 31st in the IIHF world rankings (October 30, 2017) and will take part in the 2018 Ice Hockey World Championship in Group B of Division II. The team has been subject to the newly founded Federación Española de Deportes de Hielo (German: Spanish Ice Sports Association ) since 2006 , until this year it was under the organization of the Real Federación Española de Deportes de Invierno (German: Royal Spanish Winter Sports Association ).
Spain has been a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since March 10, 1923 . The first international match took place on December 21, 1923 in Bagnères-de-Luchon, France, the Spanish selection defeated Belgium 6: 4. Spain took part twice in the now discontinued European ice hockey championship . In Italy in 1924 , the team lost their first game against Switzerland 12-0 and then waived the second game against Sweden . In 1926 in Switzerland the team was there again, after defeats in the preliminary round against Belgium and Czechoslovakia , the first point win was achieved in the placement games with a 2-2 draw against Italy . Nevertheless, the tournament ended in ninth and last place.
The first participation in an ice hockey world championship took place in 1977 , in which the Spaniards took 22nd place overall. Since then, with the exception of 1981 , 1987 and 1991 , the selection has always been represented, mostly in the third division. Spain celebrated its greatest success at the 2010 World Cup in Mexico City , when group victory was achieved in Division II, which made it possible for the first time in history to move up to the second division, Division I. In the 2010/11 season, Spain took part in the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge for the first time in preparation for the World Cup; from November 12th to 14th in Brașov , after defeats against Romania and Croatia and a win against Serbia , third place was taken. On their debut in the second division, the Iberians finished fifth after defeats against Italy, the Netherlands and Hungary and an overtime win against South Korea , which meant relegation to Division II.
Spain has never been represented at the Olympic Games in ice hockey. The national team took part in a qualifying tournament for the first time in 2008, prevailed in the pre-qualification group for the 2010 Winter Olympics against the teams from Bulgaria , Mexico and the tournament host Turkey and thus reached the first qualifying round, where the Spaniards were eliminated. Also in the qualifying tournaments for the Olympic Winter Games 2014 and 2018, the Iberians were eliminated early.
Placements at European ice hockey championships
Placements at ice hockey world championships
Total placement in brackets
|1977||Copenhagen||C world championship||5. (22.)|
|1978||Las Palmas||C world championship||7. (23.)|
|1979||Barcelona||C world championship||6. (24.)|
|1982||Jaca||C world championship||7. (23.)|
|1983||Budapest||C world championship||7. (23.)|
|1985||Megève , Chamonix , Saint Gervais||C world championship||8. (24.)|
|1986||Puigcerdà||C world championship||8. (24.)|
|1989||Geel , heist||D world championship||4. (28.)|
|1990||Cardiff||D world championship||3rd (28th)|
|1992||Johannesburg||C2 world championship||1. (27.)|
|1993||Ljubljana||C world championship||10. (30.)|
|1994||Barcelona||C2 world championship||2. (30.)|
|1995||Johannesburg||C2 world championship||3rd (32nd)|
|1996||Kaunas , Elektrėnai||D world championship||3rd (31st)|
|1997||Canillo||D world championship||3rd (31st)|
|1998||Budapest, Székesfehérvár , Dunaújváros||C world championship||8. (32.)|
|1999||Krugersdorp||D world championship||1. (32nd)|
|2000||Beijing||C world championship||7. (31.)|
|2001||Majadahonda||Division II (Gr. A)||2. (31.)|
|2002||Novi Sad||Division II (Gr. B)||3. (33.)|
|2003||Seoul||Division II (Gr. A)||3. (33.)|
|2004||Jaca||Division II (Gr. A)||4. (35.)|
|2005||Belgrade||Division II (Gr. B)||5. (37.)|
|2006||Sofia||Division II (Gr. A)||5. (37.)|
|2007||Zagreb||Division II (Gr. A)||3. (33.)|
|2008||Newcastle||Division II (Gr. B)||3. (34.)|
|2009||Sofia||Division II (Gr. B)||3. (33.)|
|2010||Mexico city||Division II (Gr. A)||1. (30.)|
|2011||Budapest||Division I (Gr. A)||5. (26.)|
|2012||Reykjavík||Division II A||2. (30.)|
|2013||Zagreb||Division II A||6. (34.)|
|2014||Jaca||Division II B||1. (35.)|
|2015||Reykjavík||Division II A||4th (32nd)|
|2016||Jaca||Division II A||2. (30.)|
|2017||Galați||Division II A||6. (34.)|
|2018||Granada||Division II B||1. (35.)|
|2019||Belgrade||Division II A||4th (32nd)|
- Official website of the Spanish Ice Sports Federation (Spanish and English)
- Spain on the side of the IIHF (English)
- All games on nationalteamsoficehockey.com (English; PDF; 191 kB)
- History of Ice Hockey in Spain. (PDF) In: fedhielo.es . P. 5 , accessed on April 13, 2010 (English, Spanish).
- History of Ice Hockey in Spain. (PDF) In: fedhielo.es . P. 10 , accessed on April 13, 2010 (English, Spanish).
- ¡Hola España! Spain climbs to Division I for the first time. In: IIHF . April 19, 2010, accessed December 25, 2010 .
- Sixteen tourneys lead the way to 2011 Worlds. In: IIHF . August 30, 2010, accessed September 25, 2010 .