The Kazakhstani men's national ice hockey team is controlled by Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation. Kazakhstan is currently ranked 19th in the world. In their first Olympic Games in 1998, the Kazakhs were able to win their preliminary group, surprising many, and finished the tournament in 8th place.
Alexander Koreshkov - capitan of Kazakhi ice-hockey national team (Gallery)
Kazakhstan has 1,800 current players registered in the country (0.01 percent of its population). Their head coach is Yerlan Sagymbayev. The World Junior team played a game in late December 1999 in the rural Manitoba town Carman against the local senior team. The score was 7-4 Kazakhstan.
Evgeni Nabokov - one of the top Kazakhstani ice hockey players (Gallery)
The Kazakhstani national ice hockey team has competed in ice hockey in the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics as well as in the 2006 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Kazakhstan has seven teams. The teams are Kaztsink-Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhmys Satpaev, Gornyak Rudnyi, Barys Astana, Irtysh Pavlodar, Yenbek Almaty, Sary-Arka Karagandy. Most teams also play in Russian hockey leagues. Top Kazakhstani ice hockey players include Nik Antropov and Evgeni Nabokov. Barys Astana is the main domestic Kazakhi ice hockey professional team, and having played in the Kazakh National League until the 2008-2009 season, they transferred to play in the Continental Hockey League.