Turkish Ice Hockey Super League

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Turkish Ice Hockey Super League
Turkey Hockey Logo2.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1993
No. of teams 6
Country TurkeyTurkey
Most recent champion(s) Başkent Yıldızları
Official website tbhf.org.tr

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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

2013 Continental Cup - First Group Stage - Group A

Team Country W L GF GA
HSC Csíkszereda  Romania 3 0 36 0
Başkent Yıldızları  Turkey 2 1 19 17
HK Vitez  Serbia 1 2 16 12
HC Metulla  Israel 0 3 1 43

2012 Continental Cup - First Group Stage - Group A[1]

Team Country W L GF GA
White Caps Turnhout  Belgium 2 0 21 3
Tartu Kalev-Välk  Estonia 1 1 13 7
Başkent Yıldızları  Turkey 0 2 3 27
HC Metulla  Israel 0 0 0 0

† HC Metulla withdrew from tournament in July, 2011

2011 Continental Cup - First Group Stage - Group A[2]

Team Country W L GF GA
CH Jaca  Spain 2 0 22 1
Ankara University SK  Turkey 1 1 9 10
Bat Yam HC  Israel 0 2 3 23
Energija Elektrenai  Lithuania 0 0 0 0

† 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

Year Team Host W L PTS Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Final
1998 B.B. Ankara SK  Romania Miercurea-Ciuc 0 3 0 4th -- -- --
1999 Istanbul Paten K  Romania Bucureşti 2 1 4 2nd -- -- --
B.B. Ankara SK  Romania Miercurea-Ciuc 0 3 0 4th -- -- --
2000 Istanbul Paten K  Bulgaria Sofia 1 2 2 3rd -- -- --
Gümüş Patenler SK  Bulgaria Sofia 0 3 0 4th -- -- --
2001 Istanbul Paten K  Yugoslavia Beograd 0 3 0 4th -- -- --
B.B. Ankara SK  Bulgaria Sofia 2 1 4 4th -- -- --
2002 Polis Akademisi  Turkey Ankara 2 1 4 2nd -- -- --
B.B. Ankara SK  Bulgaria Sofia 2 1 4 2nd -- -- --
2003 B.B. Ankara SK  Romania Gheorgheni 0 3 0 4th -- -- --
2004 DNP
2005 DNP
2006 Polis Akademisi  Turkey Ankara 2 1 4 2nd -- -- --
2007 Polis Akademisi  Serbia Beograd 0 1 0 2nd -- -- --
2008 Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt  Romania Miercurea-Ciuc 1 2 3 3rd -- -- --
2009 DNP
2010 Polis Akademisi  Turkey Ankara 1 2 3 3rd -- -- --
2011 Ankara University SK  Spain Jaca 1 1 3 2nd -- -- --
2012 Başkent Yıldızları  Turkey Ankara 0 2 0 3rd -- -- --
2013 Başkent Yıldızları  Romania Miercurea Ciuc 2 1 6 2nd -- -- --

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

2009-2010 Season[edit]

Final Standings*[edit]

Place Team GP W T L PTS
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
4 Polis Akademisi 10 4 1 5 13
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.[3]

Teams[edit]

Club Home town Arena Founded Rank
Ankara University SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1948
Başkent Yıldızları Ankara Bel-Pa 2004
B.B. Ankara SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1978
Izmit Şirintepe SK Izmit Kocaeli 2000
Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt Izmit Kocaeli 2000
Polis Akademisi Ankara Bel-Pa 1996

2010 Playoffs[edit]

Semi-Finals,Feb.27,2010 Finals, Feb.28,2010
           
1 Ankara University 7
4 Kocaeli BB 2
1 Ankara University 7
2 Baskent Yildizlari 3
2 Baskent Yildizlari 8
3 Polis Akademsi 1

2010 All-Star Game[edit]

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.

2008-2009 Season[edit]

Teams[edit]

The clubs played in the 2008-2009 season are listed below, alongside their home towns.[4]

Club Home town Arena Founded Rank
Başkent Yıldızları Ankara Bel-Pa 2004 3rd
B.B. Ankaraspor Ankara Bel-Pa 1978 6th
İstanbul Paten Istanbul Galleria 1987 4th
Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt Izmit Kocaeli 2000 1st
Polis Akademisi Ankara Bel-Pa 1996 2nd
Anka SK Ankara Bel-Pa 1954 5th

Season structure[edit]

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.

Standings[edit]

[5]

Note: GF= Goals for, GA = Goals against

Team Games Won Lost Tied GF GA Points
1 Kocaeli B.B. 10 9 1 0 149 18 27
2 Polis Akademisi 10 8 2 0 141 28 24
3 Başkent Yıldızları 10 7 3 0 110 44 21
4 Istanbul Paten 10 3 7 0 21 104 9
5 Anka SK 10 2 8 0 28 153 6
6 B.B. Ankara 10 1 9 0 23 145 3

Ice hockey rinks[edit]

Main article: Ice hockey rink

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Champions[edit]

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.[9] 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[edit]

Club Champions Winning Years
B.B. Ankara SK
7
1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003
Polis Akademisi ve Koleji
6
2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Başkent Yıldızları
3
2011, 2012, 2013
Ankara University SK
1
2010
Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt
1
2007
Gümüş Patenler
1
1999
Istanbul Paten K
1
1998
Kavaklıdere B. SK
1
1996

† Club has folded and is no longer operating.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Preliminary". Iihf.com. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  2. ^ "2011 Preliminary". Iihf.com. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  3. ^ "2006". Tbhf.org.tr. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  4. ^ Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Federasyonu (Turkish)
  5. ^ "International Hockey.net − Turkish champion 2009: Polis Akademisi". Internationalhockey.net. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  6. ^ Ulagay, Alp (2001-12-15). Buzda kapışma. Hürriyet Gazetesi. Retrieved on 2001-12-15. (Turkish)
  7. ^ Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi (Turkish)
  8. ^ Branchu, Marc (2008-04-06). Interview de James MacEachern. Hockey Archives. Retrieved on 2008-05-15. (French)
  9. ^ Travnicek, Michal (2008-03-31). Hockey on the Rise. Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2008-05-20.
  10. ^ "2012-2013 Sezonu TBHF Süper Lig 1'cisi Başkent Yıldızları S.K Oldu" (in Turkish). TBHF. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 

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