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
Victor Starodubtsev
Assistants Svetlin Stoev
Captain Martin Boyadjiev
Most games Malin Atanasov (143)
Most points Stoyan Batchvarov (103)
Team colors               
IIHF code BUL
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Ranking
Current IIHF 39 Steady
Highest IIHF 30 (first in 2003)
Lowest IIHF 39 (first in 2014)
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)
2017 Sofia Bulgaria Silver in Division III (42nd)

Roster[edit]

Roster for the 2017 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 19) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
25 Nikola Nikolov L 178 cm 70 kg (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 23) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
3 Vasiliy Vasilev L 183 cm 85 kg (1981-06-18) 18 June 1981 (age 35) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
4 Tsvetan Tsvetanov R 190 cm 110 kg (1977-09-13) 13 September 1977 (age 39) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
5 Reymand Mladenov L 183 cm 86 kg (1998-11-25) 25 November 1998 (age 18) Slovenia HK Maribor
6 Aleks Stoilov L 175 cm 75 kg (2000-03-05) 5 March 2000 (age 17) Canada Grey Highlands Hawks
7 Martin Gyruov L 180 cm 85 kg (1975-03-03) 3 March 1975 (age 42) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
12 Ivaylo Georgiev L 182 cm 85 kg (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 18) Bulgaria HC Slavia Sofia
18 Georgi Tsitselkov R 180 cm 72 kg (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 18) Bulgaria HC NSA Sofia
Forwards
# Player Shoots Height Weight Date of birth Club
8 Yanaki Gatchev R 175 cm 76 kg (1997-08-27) 27 August 1997 (age 19) Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
9 Stanislav Muhachev L 187 cm 95 kg (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 32) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia
10 Ivan Hodulov R 178 cm 78 kg (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 22) United States St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints
11 Alexei Yotov L 189 cm 89 kg (1979-02-17) 17 February 1979 (age 38) Russia Gazovik Tyumen
13 Tomislav Georgiev R 183 cm 90 kg (1997-06-08) 8 June 1997 (age 19) Canada Oshawa Riverkings
16 Martin Nikolov R 176 cm 78 kg (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 23) Germany Eisbären Eppelheim
17 Veselin Dikov L 178 cm 73 kg (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 19) United States Okanagan European Eagles
19 Daniel Dilkov R 187 cm 73 kg (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 18) Slovakia MŠK Púchov
22 Miroslav Vasilev L 170 cm 65 kg (2000-01-19) 19 January 2000 (age 17) Czech Republic SC Kolín
23 Georgi Iskrenov R 186 cm 85 kg (1990-04-02) 2 April 1990 (age 27) United States United States
24 Martin Boyadjiev L 178 cm 83 kg (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 (age 29) Bulgaria Irbis-Skate SK Sofia

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