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HockeyAlgeria 12-06-2008 01:41 PM

Arab Ice Hockey Federation
 
With UAE busy preparing the IIHF Asia challenge cup in Abu Dhabi, we take this opportinity to announce the creation of an Arab Ice Hockey Federation.

The Arab Ice Hockey Federation wont be an authority as the IIHF is, but will be more focused on working together for the progress of the sport in the Arab world. The Arab Cup was a good example of the good things that can happen if we work together.

So far the members are Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and UAE, and we hope for Kuwait to join soon. With hockey being played in Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman and Qatar, we expect more countries to join in future.

More news to come as things get more organised.

http://www.arabicehockeyfederation.com

Headcoach 12-06-2008 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by HockeyAlgeria (Post 16678680)
With UAE busy preparing the IIHF Asia challenge cup in Abu Dhabi, we take this opportinity to announce the creation of an Arab Ice Hockey Federation.

The Arab Ice Hockey Federation wont be an authority as the IIHF is, but will be more focused on working together for the progress of the sport in the Arab world. The Arab Cup was a good example of the good things that can happen if we work together.

So far the members are Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and UAE, and we hope for Kuwait to join soon. With hockey being played in Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman and Qatar, we expect more countries to join in future.

More news to come as things get more organised.

http://www.arabicehockeyfederation.com


Ok, here what I see on the main page of the site....
We are pleased to announce the creation of the Arab Ice Hockey Federation.

The Arab Ice Hockey Federation was formed with the growing amount of Arab nations and Arabic players participating in the sport of ice hockey. The leaders of these Arabic hockey playing nations have come together, united for the love of the sport and the need for progress.

Our aim is for a higher level of participation, more media coverage, youth involvement, and the addition of new nations, amongst other things.


Ok, first, I would like to congratulate you on a great accomplishment. It hard sometimes to bring teams together under the same umbrella.

However, I see that within your mission statement you have stated that you have united for the "Love" of the sport and the "Need" for progress.

Ok, I will buy that. However, to get better, you will have to play teams that are better then you. This means that you will have to play teams from outside the Arab Federation.

Now, there is an underground movement here within USA to not trust Muslums and it is fast growing. Even though the far right would have us believe that the minute we get together, you would cut our heads off for being infidels. :shakehead

The reason why I say this is not that I am a bigot, I have grown up all my life with these types of prejudice comments or ideas. It's just the fact that most people are concern about keeping their heads.

I would love to help you changes these prejudices. The only way I can think of this is to have you guys come here to the USA and play some teams of your caliber around the country.

I would be willing to be the point man for you here in the USA if you need one to help you set up games, find hotels, sight seeing...etc.

Congrats! On your new federation.

Head Coach

HockeyAlgeria 12-07-2008 10:27 AM

Its not been set up to seperate ourselves from the rest of the world, but more because UAE and Kuwait have better facilities and financial backing, and the the North African teams have more experienced players playing in europe, so to bring that together we hope to improve our level of play and play in future world championships.

I know the moroccans have taken junior teams to america and canada for the last couple of years to take part in tournaments, the Kuwaitis usually travel to Czech to play, and this year the Algerians played 4 games in London, UK, as warm up for the arab cup.

Headcoach 12-07-2008 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by HockeyAlgeria (Post 16693339)
so to bring that together we hope to improve our level of play and play in future world championships.

Ok, so what can I do to help you? Or, do you not need any help? If you PM me, I could provide you with a couple of links that would be useful.

Head coach

BearChi 12-07-2008 09:35 PM

hey HA will syria and lebanon be joining soon
EID MUBARACK TOO :)

HockeyAlgeria 12-08-2008 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Headcoach (Post 16695201)
Ok, so what can I do to help you? Or, do you not need any help? If you PM me, I could provide you with a couple of links that would be useful.

Head coach

yea we like to make connections with as many people as we can in the hockey world.

HockeyAlgeria 12-08-2008 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by iggy4hart (Post 16702430)
hey HA will syria and lebanon be joining soon
EID MUBARACK TOO :)

Eid mubarak brother.

I've not heard from any hockey in syria, but according to UAE, lebanon were gonna enter a team in the arab cup, so i'd expect them to join fairly soon.

I've been speaking to samy nasreddine, brother of pittsburgh prenguins alain nasreddine, who is of lebanese origin, and he may get involved somehow.

MxK1NGS 12-12-2008 11:35 AM

It is good to see that other countries around the world are playing the sport....
Good luck and hopefully the Arab Ice Hockey Federation will grow bigger.

the_speedster 12-14-2008 01:51 PM

How about Turkey? I hear ice hockey has a decent movement there too.

IIHFjerseycollector 12-14-2008 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by the_speedster (Post 16809800)
How about Turkey? I hear ice hockey has a decent movement there too.


as far as i know they have been a DIV III country for about 10 years . they are always about middle of the pack in that division.

HockeyAlgeria 12-15-2008 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by the_speedster (Post 16809800)
How about Turkey? I hear ice hockey has a decent movement there too.

Yea turkey doing pretty well, their league seems to be improving. They count as Europe in international competition though.

jekoh 12-19-2008 03:13 AM

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Originally Posted by the_speedster (Post 16809800)
How about Turkey? I hear ice hockey has a decent movement there too.

Turkey is not an Arab country.

AIREAYE 08-18-2009 09:15 PM

You guys should read 'Tropic of Hockey' by Dave Bidini...he played for the UAE team and talks about hockey in a bunch of unknown places


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