Turkey men's national ice hockey team

The Turkish men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Turkey, and is controlled by the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Federasyonu, TBHF), a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. It is currently ranked 42nd in the IIHF World Ranking.

The crescent moon and a star as seen on the Turkish flag is the badge used on the players jerseys
AssociationTurkish Ice Hockey Federation
General ManagerOsman Gülen
Head coachKeith McAdams
AssistantsYücel Çıtak
Jukka Kuusivuori
CaptainEmrah Özmen
Most gamesEmrah Özmen (50)
Most pointsEmrah Özmen (51)
Team colors         
Current IIHF42 1 (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF35 (2010)
Lowest IIHF43 (first in 2003)
First international
Greece  15–3  Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 21 March 1992)
Biggest win
Turkey  16–0  Greece
(Cape Town, South Africa; 14 April 2011)
Biggest defeat
Spain  38–0  Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 27 March 1992)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances13 (first in 1992)
Best result32nd (1992)
International record (W–L–T)


In 2014, the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation caused a scandal as a foreigner wearing Turkish national jersey played in a friendly international match.[2] Denis Legersky from Slovakia, who plays since three and a half years in Turkey and is currently a member of İzmir BB GSK, was registered in the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina national ice hockey team as a coach–player.[2] He, appeared in the jersey of Ogün Uzunali though not a Turkish citizen, and scored two goals in the match played in Sarajevo before 8,000 spectators that ended 7–2 for the Turkey national team.[2] The officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports protested the incident.[2]

World Championship record

YearHost CityCountryResult
1992Johannesburg South Africa6th in Group C2 (32nd)
1993Ankara Turkey3rd in Group C qualifying pool 4 (NR)
1994Zagreb Croatia2nd in Group C2 qualifying pool 2 (NR)
1996Metulla Israel2nd in Group D qualifying pool 2 (NR)
1997Ankara Turkey3rd in Group E (NR)
1998Krugersdorp South Africa7th in Group D (39th)
1999Krugersdorp South Africa7th in Group D (39th)
2000Reykjavik Iceland9th in Group D (42nd)
2002Cape Town South Africa6th in Division II Group A (39th)
2003Auckland New Zealand3rd in Division III (43rd)
2004Reykjavík Iceland2nd in Division III (42nd)
2005Zagreb Croatia6th in Division II Group A (40th)
2006Reykjavík Iceland2nd in Division III (42nd)
2007Zagreb Croatia6th in Division II Group A (39th)
2008Luxembourg City Luxembourg4th in Division III (44th)
2009Dunedin New Zealand2nd in Division III (42nd)
2010Naucalpan Mexico6th in Division II Group A (40th)
2011Cape Town South Africa3rd in Division III (43rd)
2012Erzurum Turkey1st in Division III (41st)
2013Izmit Turkey5th in Division II Group B (39th)
2014Jaca Spain6th in Division II Group B (40th)
2015İzmir Turkey2nd in Division III (42nd)
2016Istanbul Turkey1st in Division III (41st)
2017Auckland New Zealand6th in Division II Group B (40th)
2018Cape Town South Africa3rd in Division III (43rd)
2019Sofia Bulgaria2nd in Division III (42nd)
Green marks a year followed by promotion, red a year followed by relegation.



From the 2016 IIHF World Championship Division III.[3]

Head coach: Deniz İnce

1Tolga BozacıGL1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)24 January 1998 Zeytinburnu BS
20Erol KahramanGL1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)21 January 1983 Zeytinburnu BS
2Yusuf KarsDL1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)15 October 1998 Erzurum BB GSK
4Emrah SavaşDR1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)1 April 1997 Erzurum BB GSK
5Barış CoşkunDR1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)7 February 1984 Zeytinburnu BS
9Gökhun ÖztürkDR1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)16 December 1985 Zeytinburnu BS
14Kaan Emre SaltDL1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)21 January 1999 Zeytinburnu BS
16Savaş Aktürk (BP)DR1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)23 May 1989 Izmir BB GSK
7Alec KoçoğluFL1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)1 December 1994 Izmir BB GSK
8Ömer KarsFR1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)24 April 1997 Erzurum BB GSK
10Serkan Gümüş +AFL1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)17 October 1992 Izmir BB GSK
12Andy KoçoğluFR1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)15 April 1992 Izmir BB GSK
13Hakan SaltFR1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)18 September 2000 Zeytinburnu BS
15Emrah Özmen +CFR1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)13 November 1983 Zeytinburnu BS
18Gökalp SolakFR1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)16 November 1994 Koç University
19Yusuf HalilFR1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)10 September 1991 Izmir BB GSK
21Sefa KavazFL1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)17 July 1997 Erzurum BB GSK
22Yavuz KarakoçFR1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)26 July 1988 Zeytinburnu BS
23Serdar Semiz +AFR1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)15 April 1982 IFK Tumba
24Ferhat BakalFL1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)16 March 1998 Zeytinburnu BS

Legend: +A, Assistant captain, +C Captain

Notable players

Cengiz Çıplak (25) is regarded as the most talented Turkish player. He was awarded the MVP crown as best forward in Division II Group A at the 2007 World Ice Hockey Championships although skating for the team that relegated. He received the same trophy at World Championship 2004. At the World Championship Division 3 in Iceland he was the tournament's top scorer. Çıplak learned his hockey in Edmonton and played in lower North American leagues.[4] Within the 16 years of history of Turkish national ice hockey team, 25 goals in 18 games of Cengiz Çıplak makes him the highest goalscorer of all times.[5] Also he holds the record for the highest scorer in one game which he scored five goals in the game between Luxembourg and Turkey.[4]

All-time record against other nations

As of 6 April 2016

 Bosnia and Herzegovina462200+2192+17
 Hong Kong452200+2152+13
 United Arab Emirates471100+1150+15
 North Korea403102−1914−5
 South Korea221001−1014−14
 New Zealand388107−62552−27
 South Africa4210109−819106−87


  1. "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. Demirbilek, Celal (19 February 2014). "Milli Takım'da kaçak hokeyci". Hürriyet Daily News (in Turkish). Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. "Entry List By Team: Turkey" (PDF). IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Div III. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  4. Travnicek, Michal (31 March 2008). Hockey on the Rise. Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  5. Cengiz Ciplak Player Profile. European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
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