Bulgaria men's national ice hockey team

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Bulgaria
Shirt badge/Association crest
The coat of arms of Bulgaria is the badge used on the players jerseys.
AssociationBulgaria Ice Hockey Federation
Head coachRobert Kalaber
AssistantsJuraj Dušička
Ivaylo Velev
CaptainMartin Boyadjiev
Most gamesMalin Atanasov (143)
Most pointsAlexei Yotov (149)
Team colors              
IIHF codeBUL
Ranking
Current IIHF38 Steady (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF30 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF40 (2017)
First international
Bulgaria  4–2  Yugoslavia
(Bucharest, Romania; 17 January 1942)
Biggest win
Bulgaria  20–0  Turkey
(Pretoria, South Africa; 28 March 1998)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan  31–0  Bulgaria
(Poprad or Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia; 25 March 1994)
Ukraine  31–0  Bulgaria
(Poprad or Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia; 26 March 1994)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances42 (first in 1963)
Best result14th (1970)
Olympics
Appearances1 (first in 1976)
International record (W–L–T)
135–252–23

The Bulgarian national ice hockey team (Bulgarian: Национален отбор по хокей на лед на България, Natsionalen otbor po khokeĭ na led na Bŭlgariya) is the national men's ice hockey team of Bulgaria. The team is controlled by the Bulgaria Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). As of 2018, Bulgaria is ranked 38th in the IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division III of the Ice Hockey World Championships.

The team has participated once at the Olympic Winter Games. This happened in Innsbruck in 1976, when Bulgaria fell to the Czechoslovak team 14–1 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.

Goaltender Konstantin Mihailov played in 28 Ice Hockey World Championships with Bulgaria, and was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2019, as a recipient of the Torriani Award to recognize his international hockey career.[2]

World Championship record[edit]

The Bulgarian national team during a qualification match for the 2006 Winter Olympics in 2004.
Year City Country Result
1963 Stockholm Sweden 4th place in Group C (19th)
1967 Vienna Austria Bronze in Group C (19th)
1969 Skopje Yugoslavia 5th place in Group C (19th)
1970 Bucharest Romania 8th place in Group B (14th)
1971 Several cities the Netherlands 5th place in Group C (19th)
1972 Miercurea-Ciuc Romania 4th place in Group C (17th)
1973 six cities the Netherlands 4th place in Group C (18th)
1974 Grenoble, Gap, Lyon France Bronze in Group C (17th)
1975 Sofia Bulgaria Silver in Group C (16th)
1976 Aarau and Bienne Switzerland 8th place in Group B (16th)
1977 Copenhagen and Hørsholm Denmark Bronze in Group C (20th)
1978 Las Palmas Spain 5th place in Group C (21st)
1979 Barcelona Spain 4th place in Group C (22nd)
1981 Beijing China 6th place in Group C (22nd)
1982 Jaca Spain 6th place in Group C (22nd)
1983 Budapest Hungary 6th place in Group C (22nd)
1985 Megève, Chamonix, Saint-Gervais France 6th place in Group C (22nd)
1986 Puigcerda Spain Bronze in Group C (19th)
1987 Copenhagen, Herlev, Hørsholm Denmark 7th place in Group C (23rd)
1989 Sydney Australia 5th place in Group C (21st)
1990 Budapest Hungary 6th place in Group C (22nd)
1991 Brøndby Denmark 4th place in Group C (20th)
1992 Klagenfurt Austria 5th place in Group B (17th)
1993 Eindhoven the Netherlands 8th place in Group B (20th)
1994 Poprad and Spišská Nová Ves Slovakia 7th place in Group C1 (27th)
1995 Sofia Bulgaria 9th place in Group C1 (29th)
1996 Kaunas and Elektrenai Lithuania 6th place in Group D (34th)
1997 Canillo Andorra 7th place in Group D (35th)
1998 Krugersdorp and Pretoria South Africa Gold in Group D (33rd)
1999 Eindhoven Tilburg South Africa 8th place in Group C (32nd)
2000 Beijing China 9th place in Group C (33rd)
2001 Bucharest Romania 4th in Division II Group B (35th)
2002 Novi Sad Yugoslavia 4th in Division II Group B (35th)
2003 Sofia Bulgaria Bronze in Division II Group B (34th)
2004 Elektrenai Lithuania 4th in Division II Group B (36th)
2005 Zagreb Croatia 4th in Division II Group A (35th)
2006 Sofia Bulgaria Silver in Division II Group A (32nd)
2007 Zagreb Croatia 5th in Division II Group A (38th)
2008 Miercurea Ciuc Romania 5th in Division II Group A (38th)
2009 Sofia Bulgaria 4th in Division II Group B (36th)
2010 Naucalpan Mexico 4th in Division II Group A (35th)
2011 Zagreb Croatia 5th in Division II Group B (38th)
2012 Sofia Bulgaria Bronze in Division II Group B (37th)
2013 Izmit Turkey 6th in Division II Group B (40th)
2014 Luxembourg Luxembourg Gold in Division III (41st)
2015 Cape Town South Africa 4th in Division II Group B (38th)
2016 Mexico City Mexico 6th in Division II Group B (40th)
2017 Sofia Bulgaria Silver in Division III (42nd)
2018 Cape Town South Africa Silver in Division III (42nd)
2019 Sofia Bulgaria Gold in Division III (41st)

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[3]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Dimitar Dimitrov L 180 cm 75 kg (1997-10-07) 7 October 1997 (age 21) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
25 Ivan Stoynov L 190 cm 85 kg (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 26) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
4 Nikolay Bozhanov L 186 cm 80 kg (1994-12-06) 6 December 1994 (age 24) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
5 Reymand Mladenov L 188 cm 90 kg (1998-11-25) 25 November 1998 (age 20) Slovenia HK Maribor
6 Bogdan Stefanov R 180 cm 85 kg (1990-12-14) 14 December 1990 (age 28) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
7 Martin Gyurov L 180 cm 85 kg (1975-03-03) 3 March 1975 (age 44) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
12 Ivaylo Georgiev L 182 cm 85 kg (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 21) Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
17 Konstantin Dikov L 170 cm 65 kg (2002-05-10) 10 May 2002 (age 17) Austria Okanagan Hockey Academy
18 Aleks Stoilov L 175 cm 75 kg (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 19) Canada Grey Highlands Hawks
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
8 Yanaki Gatchev R 175 cm 76 kg (1997-08-27) 27 August 1997 (age 22) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
9 Stanislav Muhachev L 187 cm 95 kg (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 34) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
10 Ivan Hodulov R 178 cm 78 kg (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 25) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
11 Tomislav Georgiev R 183 cm 90 kg (1997-06-08) 8 June 1997 (age 22) United States Connecticut Nighthawks
13 Veselin Dikov L 178 cm 73 kg (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 21) United States Connecticut Nighthawks
16 Martin Nikolov R 176 cm 78 kg (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 25) Sweden Avesta BK
19 Daniel Dilkov R 187 cm 73 kg (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 21) Slovakia MsHK Žilina
21 Lyubomir Stoyadinov R 182 cm 85 kg (1976-07-18) 18 July 1976 (age 43) Bulgaria Slavia Sofia
22 Miroslav Vasilev L 170 cm 65 kg (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 19) Czech Republic BK Mlada Boleslav
23 Georgi Iskrenov R 186 cm 85 kg (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 29) United States
24 Martin Boyadjiev L 178 cm 83 kg (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 (age 32) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (6 February 2019). "Hall of Fame Class of 2019 named". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ "2017 World Championships Division 3 Team Bulgaria. (Men)" (PDF). International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 6 April 2017.

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