Bulgaria men's national ice hockey team

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Bulgaria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Bulgaria Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Tsvetan Mihaylov
Head coach Daniel Cuomo
Assistants Stanislav Kanchev
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 (first in 2014)
Team colors               
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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
Appearances 41 (first in 1963)
Best result 14th (1970)
Olympics
Appearances 1 (first in 1976)
International record (W–L–T)
135–252–23

The Bulgarian men's national ice hockey team is ranked 39th as of the 2015 IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division IIB 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]

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)

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Height Weight Date of birth Club
1 Dimitar Dimitrov L 180 cm 75 kg (1997-10-07) 7 October 1997 (age 18) Bulgaria HC NSA Sofia
20 Todor Petkov L 179 cm 80 kg (1983-11-12) 12 November 1983 (age 32) Canada Sheriff Montreal
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
8 Vasil Batchvarov R 190 cm 88 kg (1992-07-22) 22 July 1992 (age 24) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
3 Stanislav Kanchev R 194 cm 94 kg (1985-01-19) 19 January 1985 (age 31) Bulgaria HC NSA Sofia
6 Bogdan Stefanov R 180 cm 82 kg (1990-12-14) 14 December 1990 (age 25) Bulgaria HC Irbis Skate Sofia
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
18 Tarik Abdi R 180 cm 75 kg (2000-04-25) 25 April 2000 (age 16) Bulgaria HC Morski Drakoni Varna
22 Georgi Blagoev L 177 cm 65 kg (1997-09-05) 5 September 1997 (age 18) Bulgaria HC NSA Sofia
14 Valentin Botsev L 170 cm 74 kg (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 20) Bulgaria HC Slavia Sofia
24 Martin Boyadjiev L 178 cm 78 kg (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 (age 29) Bulgaria HC Irbis Skate Sofia
5 Kostadin Davidov L 170 cm 80 kg (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 (age 19) Bulgaria HC Slavia Sofia
9 Veselin Dikov L 178 cm 73 kg (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 18) Canada Ontario Hockey Academy
11 Tomislav Georgiev R 183 cm 90 kg (1997-06-08) 8 June 1997 (age 19) Canada Ontario Hockey Academy
4 Lachezar Giumov R 178 cm 73 kg (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 29) Bulgaria HC NSA Sofia
23 Georgi Iskrenov L 186 cm 80 kg (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 26) United States Washington Junior Nationals
15 Petar Petkov L 172 cm 80 kg (1998-08-09) 9 August 1998 (age 17) Bulgaria HC Slavia Sofia
10 Vasili Piperevski L 180 cm 82 kg (1976-07-18) 18 July 1976 (age 40) Bulgaria HC NSA Sofia
21 Kristian Semkov R 175 cm 70 kg (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 19) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
17 Kristian Simeonov L 175 cm 75 kg (1999-10-16) 16 October 1999 (age 16) Bulgaria HC NSA Sofia
7 Martin Talev L 188 cm 72 kg (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 21) Bulgaria HC Slavia Sofia
19 Aleksandar Todorov L 178 cm 76 kg (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 23) Bulgaria HC Slavia Sofia

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