What a week for the United Arab Emirates.
For the first time since first competing in 2010, the United Arab Emirates has won the Division III men's World Hockey Championship and earned promotion for 2023.
The UAE had a perfect run in Luxembourg, winning all four games with an average of 10 goals scored per game. The team had a plus-30 goal differential in its most dominant tournament performance in team history. UAE was promoted back to the main Division III tournament after falling into the qualification tournament for 2018. They won bronze that year before winning gold in the qualification event in 2019.
This, however, was the team's first official IIHF World Championship tournament gold.
Coached by Canadian bench boss Dave Rich, the United Arab Emirates won its first game 10-4 over Turkmenistan before topping Chinese Taipei 10-2, Turkey 13-4 and Luxembourg 8-1. The win against Turkey helped seal the deal.
The team's history dates back to 2001, when they first became a IIHF member. Now ranked 44th, the highest they've ever been, they should bounce up a few spots with the victory and the subsequent promotion to Division IIB for 2023. UAE has won gold at previous Arab Cups and Challenge Cup of Asia. but this, by far, will be the biggest moment for the UAE Ice Sports Federation in team history.
Turkey finished second with six points, while Turkmenistan grabbed its second Division III medal with a bronze.