I wonder how good they can get, as they can clearly invest **** load of cash in just a hockey arena. Imagine all the money their president can/wants to invest in their hockey programs!
Let's hope the president's interest in the sport is there to stay, I remember he attended the WHC final in Minsk last year. A swell arena though, would like to see it host a lower-tier World Championship tournament one day.
It's not a tropical country or anything. Just like most hockey nations you play on indoor rinks anyway.
Turkmenistan has a cold desert climate that is severely*continental. Summers are long (from May through September), hot, and dry, while winters generally are mild and dry, although occasionally cold and damp in the north. Most precipitation falls between January and May; precipitation is slight throughout the country, with annual averages ranging from 300 millimeters (11.8*in) in the*Kopet Dag*to 80 millimeters (3.15*in) in the northwest. The capital,*Ashgabat, close to the Iranian border in south-central Turkmenistan, averages 225 millimeters (8.9*in) of rainfall annually. Average annual temperatures range from highs of 16.8*°C (62.2*°F) in Ashgabat to lows of −5.5*°C (22.1*°F) in*Daşoguz, on the Uzbek border in north-central Turkmenistan. The almost constant winds are northerly, northeasterly, or westerly.
That is awesome. Great to see the sport growing. Will the be able to compete in next year's tournament? They should definitely host the division III tournament in the next few years to get people to have a look at the sport.
EDIT: Nevermind, I just read that they will not participate in 2016.