The United Arab Emirates remain as the only champions ever at the Gulf Cup hockey tournament, beating Qatar 5-0 to grab their fourth title at the event.

The margin of victory saw Qatar play a little stronger defensively, as UAE took a 10-0 victory over Qatar in the opening game of the tournament. The Emirates knew they weren’t going to struggle in Doha over the past few days, having won the three previous Gulf Cup tournaments.

Outside of the Gulf Cup, UAE has won three previous gold medals in IIHF action, with two titles at the Challenge Cup of Asia and a lone title at the 2008 Arab Cup. In 2010, the team became the first from an Arab nation to play in IIHF World Championship competition, where the team still currently sits in Division III, the lowest of any division.

For Qatar, the loss at home still proved to be a sign of success. For the new hockey nation, Qatar’s silver medal is the best result of their short hockey life span. Back in 2014, Qatar beat Oman 7-2 in the bronze medal game, grabbing their first ever medal after just their first victory at the tournament.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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