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Continent Asia
Population 79,200,000
Registered players N/A
Referees N/A
Rinks N/A
National teams Men's
National federation Islamic Republic of Iran Skating Federation
IIHF since Not a member
Top league None

Iran is a country in Western Asia. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

History of hockey in Iran[]

Back in the 1970s, ice hockey was played as a recreational sport by the general public at "Ice Palace" (Persian: قصر یخ) which was located in Pahlavi Street before Vanak Square,[1] there was also another ice rink located in Aryamehr Sport Complex which was only used for ice skating. As a result of Iranian Revolution, ice hockey and ice skating became banned, hence ice rinks got closed down.

There are currently three ice rinks which are Aramis Sports Complex (Tehran),[2] Damoon Shopping Center (Kish Island)[3] and Padide Shandiz Shopping Center (Mashhad),[4][5] which were respectively opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015. There is a standard Ice Rink underconstruction in Tehran.[6]

Officials from the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation gauged Iran's interest in joining the proposed Caucasus Ice Hockey League in 2011.[7]

In July 2015 Taylan Aytac from Turkey,[8][9] together with Iranian trainee-instructors Pooya Ghandali and Saman Goodarzi,[10] taught in Iran's first Ice Hockey workshop which was held in Aramis Sports Complex in Tehran.

From 26 to 28 June 2016 Iran's first national team camp was held in Asiago, Italy which was headed by Christian Muller in the absence of head coach Kaveh Sedghi. In order to fast track the creation of a national team, the coaching staff decided that it would be best to include the entire Iran men's national inline hockey team powered by hockey players of Iranian-origin from abroad.[11]

The second national team camp held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 20–27 August 2016, headed by Saman Goodarzi. Head coach Kaveh Sedghi and his assistants Christian Muller and Ramin Atighechi were unable to attend the camp. As part of the camp Iran team has been attending courses by Kazakh instructor Sergei Shavernev.[12]

On August 23, 2016, the Iranian National Team played its first international against Kazakh team HC Almaty winning 5-4 in Almaty.


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