Turkish Ice Hockey Super League
|No. of teams||6|
|Most recent champion(s)||Başkent Yıldızları|
The Turkish Ice Hockey Super League (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Süper Ligi, abbreviated TBHSL) is the highest level of ice hockey in Turkey. It is operated under the jurisdiction of the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Unlike the National Hockey League, the Super League is not divided into conferences; teams compete in a single division. The league currently consists of six teams, from two different cities.
The champion of the league qualifies for the first round of IIHF Continental Cup.
The Bel-Pa Ice Rink hosted the first match ever played in compliance with the IIHF rules and regulations, at the end of 1989 between Ankara Tarım Kredi Spor and Istanbul Paten Kulübü teams.
As of January 1990, ice hockey in Turkey was operated under the jurisdicition of the Turkish Ski Federation, and the first official championship ever was organized among two teams from Ankara and two from Istanbul. Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyesi, İstanbul Paten Klübü, Ankara Atatürk Buz Hokeyi Takımı and İstanbul Boğaziçi Patinaj Klübü has participated to the championship and B.B. Ankara SK became the champion.
The rising interest in ice hockey effected the increasing number of players and then the teams. The Turkish Ice Hockey Federation was founded in 1991. 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.
IIHF Continental Cup
|White Caps Turnhout||Belgium||2||0||21||3|
† HC Metulla withdrew from tournament in July, 2011
|Ankara University SK||Turkey||1||1||9||10|
|Bat Yam HC||Israel||0||2||3||23|
† Energija Elektrenai were not able to compete in the tournament because their airline went bankrupt the day of their departure to Spain.
Turkish teams' Continental Cup results
From 1999 to 2002, two clubs qualified for Turkey. Only one year (2000) did both Turkish clubs compete in the same Group.
- DNP: Did Not Participate
|1||Ankara University SK||10||8||1||1||25|
|1||Baskent Yildizlari SK||10||8||1||1||25|
|3||Kocaeli BB Kagitspor||10||6||1||3||19|
|5||BB Ankara SK||10||2||0||7||6|
|6||Izmit Sirintepe SK||10||0||0||10||0|
- Kocaeli BB had to surrender three of its wins when it was discovered that a player was playing with an illegal transfer card. Therefore, for playoff standings, Kocaeli BB would take the 4th seed and Polis would take the 3rd seed.
|Ankara University SK||Ankara||Bel-Pa||1948|
|B.B. Ankara SK||Ankara||Bel-Pa||1978|
|Izmit Şirintepe SK||Izmit||Kocaeli||2000|
|Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt||Izmit||Kocaeli||2000|
2010 All-Star Game
On March 13, 2010 the Super League All-Star Game will be held in Ankara at the Bel-Pa arena. The game will be televised on TRT and there will be a special guest appearance by Turkish Pop Star Nil Karaibrahimgil. After the game Nil Karaibrahimgil will be performing at a club in Ankara for the players and fans who attend the All-Star Game.
The clubs played in the 2008-2009 season are listed below, alongside their home towns.
|Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt||Izmit||Kocaeli||2000||1st|
In the 2008-09 regular season, each team played 10 games. The four best teams at the conclusion of regular season proceed to the play-offs where semifinals and the final are all played. Games are played over 3 rounds. Higher-ranking teams play the first match at home. Teams are paired up for each round according to regular season results. The highest-ranking team will play against the lowest-ranking and second highest against the second lowest. Team which finishes the league in last position relegates to the Turkish Ice Hockey First League.
League starts at the end of December and finishes in early May. Games are mostly played on Saturday or Sunday.
The TBHSL's points system is different from the ice hockey leagues in Europe. 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 points for tie and 0 points for a loss.
Note: GF= Goals for, GA = Goals against
Ice hockey rinks
Turkish Ice Hockey Super League games are played in two hockey rinks in Turkey. The Bel-Pa Ice Rink in Ankara has a seating capacity of 1,150 spectators and hosts the games of the teams based in Ankara. The Kocaeli Ice Rink in Izmit has the largest seating capacity of any Turkish Ice Hockey Super League arena with its 3,600 seating capacity and it is home to the Kocaeli B.B. Kağıtspor. Hockey rinks in Turkey follow the IIHF specifications for ice surface dimensions, 60 metres (200 ft) length x 30 metres (98 ft) width, and a corner radius of 8.5 metres (28 ft).
Apart from the hockey rinks in Ankara and Izmit, new olympic size hockey rinks were built in Istanbul, Erzurum and Bolu. A new hockey rink in Istanbul, the Silivrikapı Ice Skating Hall opened in September 2008. Another hockey rink is planned for Bolu, but construction has not yet begun. Under the 2011 Winter Universiade held in the city of Erzurum, three rinks were installed. One was permanent, the other two were dismantled and re-established in other cities of Turkey after the 2011 Winter Universiade games.
Since the 1992-93 a regular Turkish national league is staged. In the first ever edition six teams competed and B.B. Ankara crowned themselves the champion, by winning all five games. This team earned most titles – seven in all. They battled out their last championship in the 2002-03 season. Polis Akademisi ve Koleji (Police Academy) won five championships and is the most successful team in recent years. Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt S.K. from Izmit was stopped after reigning from 2004. Since the beginning of the Turkish Ice Hockey Super League, Ankara teams earned most titles. Apart from the teams based in Ankara, only İstanbul Paten and Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt has won the championship.
Performance by club
|B.B. Ankara SK||
||1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003|
|Polis Akademisi ve Koleji†||
||2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009|
||2011, 2012, 2013|
|Ankara University SK||
|Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt||
|Istanbul Paten K†||
|Kavaklıdere B. SK||
† Club has folded and is no longer operating.
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