Bulgaria men's national ice hockey team

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Bulgaria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Bulgaria Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Kiril Hodulov
Captain Martin Boyadjiev
Most games Malin Atanasov (143)
Most points Stoyan Batchvarov (103)
IIHF code BUL
IIHF ranking 39 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 30 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF ranking 39 (2014)
Team colors               
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First international
 Bulgaria 4–2 Yugoslavia 
(Bucharest, Romania; January 17, 1942)
Biggest win
 Bulgaria 20–0 Turkey 
(Pretoria, South Africa; March 28, 1998)
Biggest defeat

 Kazakhstan 31–0 Bulgaria 
(Poprad or Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia; March 25, 1994)

 Ukraine 31–0 Bulgaria 
(Poprad or Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia; March 26, 1994)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 41 (first in 1963)
Best result 14th (1970)
Olympics
Appearances 1 (first in 1976)
International record (W–L–T)
134–247–23

The Bulgarian men's national ice hockey team is ranked 37th in the 2013 IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division III at the Ice Hockey World Championships.

The team has participated once at the Olympic Games. This happened in Innsbruck in 1976, when Bulgaria lost to the Czechoslovak team 1-14 in the first round. After a few more losses the team finished last in the tournament.

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, hosted the games of Division II, Group B of the 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Bulgaria's opponents at the tournament were Belgium, Mexico, Spain, South Africa and South Korea. In 2011 Bulgaria was also in Division II, with Croatia, Romania, China, Ireland and Iceland.

Historically, the team has played in the second highest level four times, with their highest placement being 14th in 1970. However the only year that they ever earned promotion (by placing 1st or 2nd in Pool C) was in 1975, which also qualified them for the 1976 Olympics. The only year that they won any games in Pool B was 1992 (at that time it was contested between nations ranked 13th to 20th), defeating Japan, China, and Yugoslavia.

World Championship record[edit]

  • 1963 – Finished in 19th place (4th in "Pool C")
  • 1967 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in "Pool C")
  • 1969 – Finished in 19th place (5th in "Pool C")
  • 1970 – Finished in 14th place (8th in "Pool B")
  • 1971 – Finished in 19th place (5th in "Pool C")
  • 1972 – Finished in 17th place (4th in "Pool C")
  • 1973 – Finished in 18th place (4th in "Pool C")
  • 1974 – Finished in 17th place (3rd in "Pool C")
  • 1975 – Finished in 16th place (2nd in "Pool C")
  • 1976 – Finished in 16th place (8th in "Pool B")
  • 1977 – Finished in 20th place (3rd in "Pool C")
  • 1978 – Finished in 21st place (5th in "Pool C")
  • 1979 – Finished in 22nd place (4th in "Pool C")
  • 1981 – Finished in 22nd place (6th in "Pool C")
  • 1982 – Finished in 22nd place (6th in "Pool C")
  • 1983 – Finished in 22nd place (6th in "Pool C")
  • 1985 – Finished in 22nd place (6th in "Pool C")
  • 1986 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in "Pool C")
  • 1987 – Finished in 23rd place (7th in "Pool C")
  • 1989 – Finished in 21st place (5th in "Pool C")
  • 1990 – Finished in 22nd place (6th in "Pool C")
  • 1991 – Finished in 20th place (4th in "Pool C")
  • 1992 – Finished in 17th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1993 – Finished in 20th place (8th in "Pool B")
  • 1994 – Finished in 27th place (7th in "Pool C1")
  • 1995 – Finished in 29th place (9th in "Pool C1")
  • 1996 – Finished in 34th place (6th in "Pool D")
  • 1997 – Finished in 35th place (7th in "Pool D")
  • 1998 – Finished in 33rd place (Won "Pool D")
  • 1999 – Finished in 32nd place (8th in "Pool C")
  • 2000 – Finished in 33rd place (9th in "Pool C")
  • 2001 – Finished in 35th place (4th in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2002 – Finished in 35th place (4th in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2003 – Finished in 34th place (3rd in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2004 – Finished in 36th place (4th in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2005 – Finished in 35th place (4th in "Division II, Group A")
  • 2006 – Finished in 32nd place (2nd in "Division II, Group A")
  • 2007 – Finished in 38th place (5th in "Division II, Group A")
  • 2008 – Finished in 38th place (5th in "Division II, Group A")
  • 2009 – Finished in 36th place (4th in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2010 – Finished in 35th place (4th in "Division II, Group A")
  • 2011 – Finished in 38th place (5th in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2012 – Finished in 37th place (3rd in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2013 – Finished in 40th place (6th in "Division II, Group B")
  • 2014 – Finished in 41st place (1st in "Division III")
  • 2015 – Finished in 38th place (4th in "Division II, Group B")

Roster[edit]

Pos. No. Player Team
GK 1 Dimitar Dimitrov 12.10.1997 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
GK 20 Nikola Nikolov 31.10.1993 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
D 4 Nikolay Bozhanov 06.12.1994 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
D 5 Bogdan Stefanov 14.12.1990 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
D 7 Petar Mihov 25.01.1992 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
D 19 Atanas Chompolov 21.07.1997 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
D 13 Georgi Tsitselkov 03.08.1998 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
D 2 Atanas Genkov 06.07.1994 Bulgaria HC Slavia Sofia
F 23 Petar Tchaliov 03.05.1997 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
F 14 Yanaki Gachev 27.08.1997 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
F 24 Martin Boyadjiev 11.05.1987 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
F 9 Aleksandar Panev 14.05.1996 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
F 21 Kristian Semkov 25.04.1997 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
F 22 Georgi Blagoev 05.09.1997 Slovakia MšHK Prievidza
F 8 Daniel Dilkov 25.05.1998 Slovakia MHK Dubnica nad Vahom
F 12 Tomislav Georgiev 08.06.1997 Canada Ontario Hockey Academy
F 17 Veselin Dikov 21.02.1998 Canada Ontario Hockey Academy
F 10 Ivan Hodulov 04.09.1994 Lithuania Zalgiris Vilnius
F 16 Martin Nikolov 12.02.1994 United States Steel City Warriors

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulgaria roster" (PDF). IIHF. 2015-04-09. 

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