Formed in 2006, Algeria currently applying to become a member of the IIHF. The national team was formed with the increasing number of Algerians who are playing ice hockey around the world.
In June 2008 Algeria competed in the inaugural Arab Cup of Ice Hockey in Abu Dhabi, also involving the national teams of Morocco, UAE and Kuwait. Algeria finished fourth, with Algerian forward Harond Litim winning most valuable player of the tournament award.
The most high profile player of Algerian origin is Josef Boumedienne who played for Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals in the NHL. Boumedienne has agreed in principle to be involved with the Algerian national team, however its not sure in which capacity.
2010 saw the renaming of the organisation to Association Algérienne de Ice et Inline Hockey. 2010 also saw the opening of Algeria’s first ice rink in the city of Tizi Ouzou. Although not full size it gives us the chance to start a junior programme and convince the government there is a need for an Olympic size rink.
In 2010/11 we aim to continue the progress of Algerian hockey, with more international exhibition games, a united North African ice hockey league with Morocco and Tunisia, increased activity inside Algeria, projects for the Algerian community internationally, and eventually membership into the IIHF.