Netherlands Ice Hockey Association
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|Association name||Nederlandse IJshockey Bond|
|IIHF membership||January 20, 1935|
|IIHF men's ranking||24|
|IIHF women's ranking||21|
The Nederlandse IJshockey Bond ("NIJB", English: Netherlands Ice Hockey Association) is the official governing body of ice hockey in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1933 as a three team league with The Hague, Amsterdam and Tilburg. It joined the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1935. In 1946, it created the Eredivisie.
It is now the governing body for four divisions: The North Sea Cup (formerly known as the Eredivisie, or "Premier league"-- professional); the Eerste Divisie ("first division"-- amateur); and the 2nd and 3rd divisions (recreational). It also governs the Dutch national men's ice hockey team, the Dutch national women's ice hockey team, the Dutch national men's junior ice hockey team and the Dutch national men's under 18 ice hockey team.
The professional tournaments that it organizes are currently the Bekercompetitie, a pre-season cup tournament held in the autumn among the top professional Dutch teams, and the North Sea Cup, a regular season that includes the 6 Eredivisie teams and three teams from Belgium. North Sea Cup standings determine ranking for the playoffs for Dutch national championships. It also organizes the playoffs which determine the Dutch National Champions of ice hockey.
- Joseph Vito DeLuca (2014-10-31). "The State of Hockey in the Netherlands". Thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
- "Dutch Hockey: Building the Game From the Inside Out". Thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
- Netherlands at IIHF.com
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