Turkish Ice Hockey Federation

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Turkey
Turkey Hockey Logo.png
Association name Turkish Ice Hockey Federation
IIHF Code TUR
IIHF membership May 1, 1991
President Bülent AKAY
IIHF men's ranking 39th (October 2012)
IIHF women's ranking 35th (October 2012)
http://www.tbhf.org.tr

Turkish Ice Hockey Federation (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Federasyonu, TBHF) is the governing body of the ice hockey sport in Turkey. It was established in 1991 as the Turkish Ice Sports Federation (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Sporları Federasyonu, TBSF). It is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since May 1, 1991. The TBHF is based in Ankara and its current chairman is Orhan Duman.[1][2]

TBHF conducts seven ice hockey leagues for men's and women's. The federation organizes also the national teams for men's, men's junior, men's U-18 and women's. As of October 2012, Turkey men's national team ranks 39th and the women's 35th in the world.[2]

History[edit]

Ice hockey playing started in Turkey in the beginning of the 1980s at Atatürk ice rink and on the frozen pool of Youth Park in Ankara and Korukent ice rink in Istanbul. The first ice hockey match dates back to January 9, 1988 played at Atatürk ice rink in Ankara between the teams of Ankara and Istanbul, which were coached by an American Glenn Brown and Sinisha Tomic from Yugoslavia respectively.

By February 1989, the "Buz Pateni Sarayı" (literally "Ice Skating Palace"), country's first Olympic size hockey rink was opened in Ankara, which initiated the ice hockey in Turkey. Founding of an ice hockey school the same year by Cüneyt Kozan and Fahri Paslı was one of the most basic and important steps in the development of this sport branch in Turkey. Some of the sportspeople, who learnt playing ice hockey at this school, are still members of the national team.

Ankara Buz Pateni Sarayı hosted the first match ever played in compliance with the international rules and regulations end of 1989 between Ankara Tarım Kredi Spor and Istanbul Paten Kulübü teams.

By January 1990, ice hockey sport was subordinated to the Turkish Ski Federation, and the first official championship ever was organized among two teams from Ankara and two from Istanbul.

With the foundation of the Turkish Ice Sports Federation in 1991, ice hockey sport separated from the Turkish Ski Federation and came along with figure skating sport under the authority of the new organization. Turkey became a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF the same year, and formed the national team to participate at the 1992 World championships Group C tournaments.

The rising interest in ice hockey effected the increasing number of players and then the teams. Rino Ouellette, a Canadian diplomat in Ankara, who coached two teams consecutively, contributed much to the development of ice hockey sport in Turkey. A tournament, organized in 1992, laid the ground stone for the establishment of Turkey's first ice hockey league in 1993.

As of March 2013, the total number of ice hockey players is 790 consisting of 310 men's, 320 juniors and 160 women's. From 1992 on, the federation conducted regularly courses for referees and trainers. There are a total of 110 referees as of March 2013.[2]

Under increasing competition pressure, the teams were forced to transfer valuable players from countries with ice hockey tradition like Canada, Russia, Ukraine etc. The presence of the foreign sportspeople contributed considerable to the enhancement of this sport resulting in Turkey's first international win in 1997 against New Zealand.[3]

In the end of 2006, ice hockey sport detached on International Skating Union's recommendation from the Turkish Ice Sports Federation establishing its own organization.[4]

Domestic events and teams[edit]

The TBHF conducts in the 2012-2013 season seven leagues. In the Turkish Ice Hockey Super League, eight teams compete. Turkish Ice Hockey First League comprises five teams. In the Juniors (U-20) League, there are eleven teams.[5] The Turkish Ice Hockey Women's League debuted in February 2007 with 7 teams.[6][7][8] As of October 2012, the total number of ice hockey players in Turkey is 790, consisting of 310 male, 160 female and 320 junior players.[2]

There are eight Olympic-size indoor ice hockey rinks and three outdoor rinks across Turkey as of October 2012.[2]

Turkish ice hockey competitions

Prize money[edit]

The federation re-evaluated the prize money scheme for all the six divisions valid in the 2010–11 season.[9]

Prize Money Scheme (in TUL)*
League Champion Runner-up Third Fourth Fifth
Super League 25,000 15,000 10,000
Women's League 12,500 7,500 5,000
First League 5,000 3,000 2,000
Juniors (U-20) League 5,000 3,000 2,000
Youth (U-18) League 5,000 3,000 2,000
Boys (U-14) League 3,000 2,000 2,000 1,000 1,000
  • 1 TUL = 0.65 US$ (approx. currency exchange rate as of March 2011)

Turkish Ice Hockey Super League[edit]

2011-12 season

Group A[edit]

Club Home town Arena Founded
Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt SK Izmit Kocaeli 2000
B.B. Ankara SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1978
Erzurum Gençlik SK Erzurum Erzurum
Anka SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2004
İstanbul Paten SK Istanbul Silivrikapı 1987
Ankara Truva Paten SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2005

Group B[edit]

Club Home town Arena Founded
Başkent Yıldızları SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1998
Ankara Üniversitesi SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1948
Boğaziçi Paten SK Istanbul Silivrikapı 1986
Izmir BB GSK Bornova
Erzurum B.B. SK Erzurum Erzurum

[10]

Turkish Ice Hockey First League[edit]

Club Home town Arena Founded
ABBA SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2005
Ankara Emniyet SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1990
Ankara Üniversitesi SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1948
İzmit Şirintepe SK Izmit Kocaeli 2000
ODTÜ SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1962
Ankara Truva Paten SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2005
Yükseliş SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2007
İstanbul Üniversitesi SBK İstanbul Silivrikapı 2010

Turkish Ice Hockey Women's League[edit]

Group A[edit]

Club Home town Arena Founded
Anka SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2004
Ankara Üniversitesi SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1948
ODTÜ SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1962
Polis Akademisi ve Koleji SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1996
Ankara Truva Paten SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2005

Group B[edit]

Club Home town Arena Founded
ABBA SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2005
Boğaziçi Paten SK Istanbul Silivrikapı 1986
Başkent Yıldızları Buz Hokeyi SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1998
Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt SK Izmit Kocaeli 2000
Milenyum Paten SK Ankara Bel-Pa 2002

Turkish Juniors (U20) League[edit]

Club Home town Arena
Anka SK Ankara Bel-Pa
B.B. Ankara SK Ankara Bel-Pa
Ankara Emniyetspor Ankara Bel-Pa
Ankara Truva Paten SK Ankara Bel-Pa
Başkent Yıldızları Buz Hokeyi SK Ankara Bel-Pa
İstanbul TED Kolejliler SK Istanbul Silivrikapı
İzmit Buz Sporları Paten KD Kocaeli Kocaeli
İzmit Çenesuyu SK Kocaeli Kocaeli
İzmit Şirintepe SK Kocaeli Kocaeli
Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt SK Kocaeli Kocaeli
Şampiyon SK Ankara Bel-Pa

Turkish Ice Hockey U-10 Championship[edit]

2011-12 Season

Group A[edit]

Club Home town
Istanbul Buz Korsanları Istanbul
Ankara Üniversitesi SK Ankara
ABBA SK Ankara
Erzurum Gençlik SK Erzurum

Group B[edit]

Club Home town
Şampiyon SK Istanbul
Buzun Aslanları SK Ankara
Boğaziçi Paten SK Istanbul
Buz Kaplanları SK Istanbul

[11][12]

International events[edit]

Turkish national ice hockey teams took part in the following events:

2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

Coach[edit]

The national team's head coach is Jim MacEachern form Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada. Jim coached the four Turkish national teams for the 2007-2008 season and is currently negotiating an extension of his contract.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Ice Hockey Federation official website
  2. ^ a b c d e "Turkey". IIHF. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  3. ^ Whats the problem (Turkish)
  4. ^ Ajans Spor (Turkish)
  5. ^ TBHF (Turkish)
  6. ^ Super Spor (Turkish)
  7. ^ IIHF.com
  8. ^ "Genel Hükümler" (PDF) (in Turkish). TBHF. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  9. ^ "Buz hokeyinde primler değişti". Sporda Son Dakika (in Turkish). 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  10. ^ "TBHF 2011-2012 Sezonu Süper Lig Fikstürü" (PDF) (in Turkish). TBHF. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  11. ^ "TBHF 2011-2012 Sezonu Minikler Türkiye Şampiyonası Programı" (PDF) (in Turkish). TBHF. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Buz Hokeyi Turnuvasında Madalyalar Sahiplerini Buldu". Aktif Haber (in Turkish). 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 

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