Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation
|Association name||Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation|
|IIHF men's ranking||36th|
|IIHF women's ranking||26th|
The Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation (RBIHF) is the Belgian ice hockey federation, known in Dutch as the Koninklijke Belgische IJshockey Federatie (KBIJF) and in French as the Fédération Royale Belge de Hockey sur Glace (FRBHG). It is responsible for administering ice hockey in Belgium, from the national team to the local leagues to youth development.
The Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation was formed in 1912 by Henry Van den Bulck. He became its first president remained in the position until 1920. It was known as the Belgian Ice Hockey Federation until 1973 when the Royal prefix was added to the name.
List of Presidents
|President||Took office||Left office|
|Henri Van den Bulcke||1912||1920|
|Paul De Schrijver||1935||1936|
|Paul De Schrijver||1936||1937|
|Paul De Weerdt||1939||1945|
|Gusty De Backer||1945||1949|
|Carlos Van den Driessche||1949||1951|
|Carlos Van den Driessche||1953||1955|
|Carlos Van den Driessche||1960||1965|
Leagues and levels
The following leagues exist in Belgium:
- Belgian Cup
- Belgian Championship
- Belgian National League
- Under 20
- Under 20 CLL
- Under 17
- Under 15
- Under 13
- Under 11
- Recreational 1
- Recreational 2
- Recreational 3
The RBIHF also organises friendlies.
Belgium has 5 national ice hockey teams:
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