- Turkish Ice Hockey Federation
IIHFnation = Turkey
bg_color = "e00102"
text_color = white
organization = Turkish Ice Hockey Federation
joined = May 1, 1991
president = A. Kadir Dökmeci
womens_ranking = 33
website = http://www.tbhf.org.tr
Turkish Ice Hockey Federation ( _tr. Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Federasyonu, TBHF) is the governing body of the
ice hockeysport in Turkey. It was established in 1991 as the Turkish Ice Sports Federation ( _tr. Türkiye Buz Sporları Federasyonu, TBSF). It is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation(IIHF). The TBHF is based in Ankaraand its current chairman is A. Kadir Dökmeci. [ [http://www.iihf.com/iihf/member/member_t.htm International Ice Hockey Federation official website] ]
TBHF conducts two ice hockey leagues for men's, one for juniors /U20) and since February 2007 one for women's teams. The federation organizes also the national teams for men's, women's, juniors U20 and U18.
Ice hockey playing started in Turkey in the beginning of 1980s at Atatürk
ice rinkand on the frozen pool of Youth Park in Ankara and Korukent ice rink in Istanbul. The first ice hockey match dates back to January 9, 1988played at Atatürk ice rink in Ankara between the teams of Ankara and Istanbul, which were coached by an American officer Glenn Brown and Sinisha Tomic from Yugoslaviarespectively.
By February 1989, the "Buz Pateni Sarayı" (literally "Ice Skating Palace"), country's first Olympic size
hockey rinkwas opened in Ankara, which initiated the ice hockey in Turkey. Founding of an ice hockey school the same year by Cüneyt Kozan and Fahri Paslı was one of the most basic and important steps in the development of this sport branch in Turkey. Some of the sportspeople, who learnt playing ice hockey at this school, are still members of the national team.
Ankara Buz Pateni Sarayı hosted the first match ever played in compliance with the international rules and regulations end of 1989 between Ankara Tarım Kredi Spor and Istanbul Paten Kulübü teams.
By January 1990, ice hockey sport was subordinated to the Turkish Ski Federation, and the first official championship ever was organized among two teams from Ankara and two from Istanbul.
With the foundation of the Turkish Ice Sports Federation in 1991, ice hockey sport separated from the Turkish Ski Federation and came along with figure skating sport under the authority of the new organization. Turkey became member of the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF the same year, and formed the national team to participate at the 1992 World championships Group C tournaments.
The rising interest in ice hockey effected the increasing number of players and then the teams. Rino Ouellette, a
Canadiandiplomat in Ankara, who coached two teams consecutively, contributed much to the development of ice hockey sport in Turkey. A tournament, organized in 1992, laid the ground stone for the establishment of Turkey's first ice hockey league in 1993.
From 1992 on, the federation conducted regularly courses for referees and trainers.
Under increasing competition pressure, the teams were forced to transfer valuable players from countries with ice hockey tradition like
Canada, Russia, Ukrainaetc. The presence of the foreign sportspeople contributed considerable to the enhancement of this sport resulting in Turkey's first international win in 1997 against New Zealand. [ [http://www.sorunne.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=6341 Whats the problem] tr icon]
In the end of 2006, ice hockey sport detached on
International Skating Union's recommendation from the Turkish Ice Sports Federation establishing its own organization. [ [http://www.ajansspor.com/haber/133533 Ajans Spor ] tr icon]
Domestic events and teams
The TBHF conducts in the 2006-2007 season four leagues and an outdoor ice hockey tournament. [ [http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:fG3oAoxTO7wJ:www.gsgm.gov.tr/sayfalar/ozerk_fed/buz_hokeyi/faaliyet_prg.xls+türkiye+buz+hokeyi+federasyonu&hl=tr&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=tr&client=firefox-a 2007 Program of TBHF] tr icon] In the
Turkish Ice Hockey Super League, 8 teams compete. Turkish Ice Hockey First Leaguecompromise 5 teams. In the Juniors (U20) League, there are 11 teams. [ [http://www.tbhf.org.tr/standings.php TBHF] tr icon] The Turkish Ice Hockey Women's Leaguedebuted in February 2007 with 7 teams. [ [http://www.superspor.com/detail.php?Type=86&kategori=122&go=51869 Super Spor] tr icon] Currently there are 625 registered hockey players in Turkish ice hockey leagues. [ [http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/countries/turkey.html IIHF.com] ]
Turkish Ice Hockey Super League
Turkish Ice Hockey Women's League - Group B
Turkish Juniors (U20) League
* Anka S.K., Ankara
* Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K., Ankara
* Ankara Emniyetspor, Ankara
* Ankara Truva Paten S.K., Ankara
* Başkent Yıldızları Buz Pateni ve Buz Hokeyi S.K., Ankara
* İstanbul Ted Kolejliler S.K., Istanbul
* İzmit Buz Sporları Paten Klübü Derneği, Kocaeli
* İzmit Çenesuyu S.Ki, Kocaeli
* İzmit Şirintepe, Kocaeli
* Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kağıt Spor, Kocaeli
* Şampiyon S.K., Ankara
Turkish national ice hockey teams took part in the following events:
* The 2002 Men's World Championship - Division II (Group A) held from
March 31- April 6, 2002in Cape Town, South Africa.
* The 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships - Division III played from
April 3- April 6, 2003in Auckland, New Zealand.
* The 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship - Division III held from
January 21through January 26, 2003in İzmit, Turkey.
* The 2004 Men's World Championship - Division III held from
March 16- March 21, 2004in Reykjavík, Iceland.
* The 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship - Division III held from
January 5through January 11, 2004in Sofia, Bulgaria.
* The 2005 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships - Division II (Group A) played from
April 10- April 16, 2005in Zagreb, Croatia.
* The 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship - Division III held from
January 10through January 16, 2005in Mexico City, Mexico.
* The 2006 Men's World Championship - Division III held from
April 24- April 29, 2006in Reykjavík, Iceland.
* The 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship - Division III held from
January 3through January 9, 2006in Kaunas, Lithuania.
* The 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships - Division III held from
March 13through March 19, 2006in Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania.
* The 2007 IIHF World Championship - Division II (Group A) tournament was played from
April 11- April 17, 2007in Zagreb, Croatia.
* The 2007 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships - Division IV held in
Miercurea-Ciuc, Romaniafrom March 26to April 1, 2007
* The 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship - Division III held from
January 8through January 14, 2007in Ankara, Turkey.
* The 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships - Division III held from
March 5through March 11, 2007in Beijing, China.
* The 2008 IIHF World Championship - Division III held from
March 31- April 4, 2008in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
* The 2008 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships - Division IV held in
Miercurea-Ciuc, Romaniafrom March 23to March 29, 2008.
* The 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship - Division III held from
January 16through January 24, 2008in Belgrade, Serbia.
* The 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships - Division III (Group B) played in
Izmit, Turkey from March 3through March 9, 2008.
The national team's head coach is Jim MacEachern form
Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada. Jim coached the four Turkish national teams for the 2007-2008 season and is currently negotiating an extension of his contract.
Turkish Ice Hockey Super League
Turkish Ice Hockey First League
Turkish Ice Hockey Women's League
Turkey national men's ice hockey team
Turkey national women's ice hockey team
List of members of the International Ice Hockey Federation
* [http://www.turkbuzhokeyi.com Turkish Ice Hockey Information and Fans Website] tr icon
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