South African National Team
1995-1996 South African National Team season
Senior team
General manager Flag of South Africa Peter Habib
Head coach Flag of United Kingdom Ronnie Wood
Assistant(s) Flag of South Africa Steven Schmid
IIHF ranking 40th
Most games played Alan Verwey (66)
Most points Michael Edwards (53)
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Highest IIHF ranking 37 (2003)
Lowest ranking 42 (2008)
U20 team
U18 team
General manager Flag of South Africa Elsabe Stockhoff
Head coach Flag of South Africa Andre Marais
Assistant(s) Flag of South Africa Ashley Bock

The South African National Team represents South Africa in international competitions. The team exists since February 25, 1937.

History[edit | edit source]

South African players at the 2010 World Championship Division III in Yerevan, Armenia. Photo credit: PanARMENIAN Photo - Sedrak Mkrtchyan.

The South African National Team was created as the South African Ice Hockey Association gained its International Ice Hockey Federation membership on February 25 1937. Despite this early admission, it took almost 25 years before a South African squad took part in the World Championships. The team made its debuts at the 1961 World Championship on March 3rd 1961, as they were beaten 12-3 by the Yugoslav National Team. The South Africans finished 5th in the Group C, and 19th overall in the world. The team was absent from competition for five years before returning for the 1966 World Championship, where they once again finished 19th in the world, and this time, third in the Group C.

South Africa would then pull out from competition until 1992, where they returned with a senior squad. Since 1992, South Africa has sent a contesting team every year in at least one of the three annual Men's World Championships competitions, and failed only twice, 1996 and 1997, to take part in the senior World Championship.

South Africa has, so far, been able to earn promotion to a higher division of play on two distinct occasions. They first accessed Division II via promotion in 2006 after finishing second in the 2005 World Championship Division III. The journey in Division II lasted a single year, with the South Africans losing all five games and finishing sixth and last in the group stage. The second time the national team had a shot at Division II play was in 2009, following another second place finish at the 2008 World Championship Division III. There again, the adventure at the upper level only lasted one tournament before the team was back in Division III.

Rosters[edit | edit source]

Senior[edit | edit source]

Flag of South Africa 2010 World Championship roster
# Position Player Team
Goaltender

Under 18[edit | edit source]

Flag of South Africa 2010 U18 World Championship roster
# Position Player Team
1 Goaltender Adam de Carvalho Flag of South Africa Cape Town Sharks
20 Goaltender Jack Nebe Flag of South Africa Cape Town Rams
18 Defenceman Jason Gonsalves Flag of South Africa Pretoria Warriors
4 Defenceman Jarryd Goodwin Flag of South Africa Cape Town Rams
7 Defenceman Justin Harman Flag of South Africa Kempton Park Sabres
22 Defenceman Brandon Kros Flag of South Africa Cape Town Eagles
2 Defenceman Alexander Nel Flag of South Africa Pretoria Warriors
9 Defenceman Curtly Swartland Flag of South Africa Cape Town Rams
8 Forward Baden Best Flag of South Africa Cape Town Rams
19 Forward Marcellus Blignaut Flag of South Africa Kempton Park Sabres
21 Forward Jacques Botha Flag of South Africa Pretoria Warriors
99 Forward Callum Bremner Flag of South Africa Kempton Park Sabres
5 Forward Luke Carelse Flag of South Africa Cape Town Eagles
17 Forward Warwick du Preez Flag of South Africa Pretoria Warriors
6 Forward Jade Johnson Flag of South Africa Cape Town Sharks
14 Forward Haiko Meyer Flag of South Africa Cape Town Eagles
15 Forward Cai Nebe Flag of South Africa Cape Town Rams
24 Forward Uthman Samaai Flag of South Africa Cape Town Rams
12 Forward Russell van Heyningen Flag of South Africa Kempton Park Scorpions
10 Forward Werner van Niekerk Flag of South Africa Pretoria Warriors
3 Forward Chad Williams Flag of South Africa Cape Town Sharks
Staff
General manager Elsabe Stockhoff
Head coach Andre Marais
Assistant coach Ashley Bock

All-time performances[edit | edit source]

World Championships[edit | edit source]

Flag of South Africa All-time standings of the South African National Team at the IIHF World Championships
Year Senior WC U20 WC U18 WC
1961 19th (5th in Group C) Did not participate No championship
1966 19th (3rd in Group C) Did not participate No championship
1992 28th (2nd in Group C2) Did not participate No championship
1993 32nd (12th in Group C) Did not participate No championship
1994 35th (8th in Group C2) Did not participate No championship
1995 37th (8th in Group C2 Did not participate No championship
1996 Did not participate 6th in Group D No championship
1997 Did not participate 7th in Group D No championship
1998 37th (5th in Group D) 7th in Group D No championship
1999 36th (5th in Group D) 6th in Group D Did not participate
2000 37th (4th in Group D) 6th in Group D 7th in Division II Europe
2001 36th (4th in Division II, Group A) 6th in Division III 4th in Division III
2002 37th (5th in Division II, Group A) 5th in Division III 5th in Division III
2003 38th (5th in Division II, Group A) 5th in Division II, Group A 6th in Division II, Group B
2004 39th (6th in Division II, Group B) 6th in Division II, Group B 2nd de Division III
2005 42nd (2nd in Division III) 4th in Division III 6th in Division II, Group A
2006 40th (6th in Division II, Group A) Did not participate 3rd in Division III
2007 44th (4th in Division III) Did not participate 5th in Division III
2008 42nd (2nd Division III) Did not participate 4th in Division III, Group A
2009 40th (6th in Division II, Group B) 5th in Division III 4th in Division III, Group A
2010 46th (3rd Division III, Group B) Did not participate 3rd in Division III, Group B

Other tournaments[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]


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