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Turkmenistan national ice hockey team

Turkmenistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association National Ice Hockey Federation of Turkmenistan
Head coach Rustam Karimov[1]
Home stadium Winter Sports Complex Ashgabat
IIHF code TKM
Team colors          
First international
Turkmenistan 7 – 2 Minsk Team
(Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; November, 2013)

The Turkmenistan national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Turkmenistan.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Ice hockey in Turkmenistan 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

The first national team formed in 2011 of four teams from Ashgabat - Oguzkhan, Alp Arslan, Shir and Burgut.

In 2013, the national team of Turkmenistan held its first international match against Minsk city, which was won by 7:2.[2][3]

Ice hockey in Turkmenistan

The sport is not so popular in Turkmenistan is ice hockey, until the President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov ordered the construction of an ice palace in the desert foothills of the Kopet Dag. In 2006, the company Bouygues has completed a construction of the first ice palace. In 2011, the country had opened the second ice palace worth €134.4 million. The total area of the new sports palace is 107,000 square meters in the center of the palace housed the ice arena measuring 60 by 30 meters. One of the biggest ice hockey arenas in the CIS.

References

  1. ^ Минские юниоры крупно проиграли хоккеистам Туркмении в товарищеском матче
  2. ^ Turkmen hockey players held a resounding victory over the national team of Minsk
  3. ^ Lukashenko invites Turkmen athletes to use sports facilities in Belarus

External links

  • BBC News - Leader demands ice hockey for desert state Turkmenistan
  • Sweltering desert nation told to play ice hockey
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