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Association Hellenic Ice Sports Federation
Head coach Flag of Greece Igor Apostolidis
Assistants Flag of Greece Ioannis Tilios
Captain Dimitris Kalyvas
Most games Dimitris Kalyvas (30)
Most points Nikolaos Papadopoulos (47)
IIHF code GRE
IIHF ranking 45
Highest IIHF ranking 45 (2010)
Lowest IIHF ranking 46 (first in 2008)
Team colours          
First international
Flag of Greece Greece 15 - 3 Turkey Flag of Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 21, 1992)
Biggest win
Flag of Greece Greece 15 - 3 Turkey Flag of Turkey
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 21, 1992)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Spain Spain 21 - 1 Greece Flag of Greece
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 22, 1995)
Best result Silver medal with cup Silver: 1 - 2010
International record (W-L-T)
12-21-1
World Championships medal record
World Championships
Bronze 1992 South Africa Greece
Silver 2010 Luxembourg Greece

The Greek National Ice Hockey Team is the national ice hockey team of Greece, and member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Greece is in the Division III. There are five teams with 100 registered players but it is unsure how many of them are active as also the majority is of beginners/amateur players that they also establish the Greek National Team.

HistoryEdit

Ice Hockey started in Greece in 1984 by players that returned to Greece from abroad. The first official Greek Championship was held in 1989 in the Peace and Friendship Stadium with five teams taking place. It was the first time hockey games were held in a normal size rink. In 1990 the first Junior National Team was formed and took part in the World Junior Championship Pool C, held in Yugoslavia. In 1991 the Junior National Team took part in the World Junior Championship, held in Italy. In 1992 the first ever Men's Greek National Team was formed and took place in the World Championships Pool C held in South Africa. With only two weeks of serious training abroad and the support of the Greeks of South Africa, the National Team won the Bronze medal, placing them 21st overall. It was extraordinary for a team to win a medal in their first appearance at the World Championships.

Despite the great achievement, the start of the decline of the sport came in 1993. Economic help was discontinued by the Greek Undersecretary of State for Sports and all expenses to keep ice hockey alive were passed over to the players. Practices stopped and many players quit.

Since May 2003 the last ice rink in Greece closed and the national team was left without an ice rink. In the next 4 years, players of the national team traveled at their own expense in the Czech Republic in order to train themselves.

Ice hockey was slowly dying until the Greek National Ice Hockey Team tried to convince the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) that the National Team is still active and that development of the sport is continuing in Greece despite not having a rink. He later got the support of the Hellenic Ice Sports Federation. After many emails, the IIHF decided to send 2 delegates to Athens to investigate. After a review done by the IIHF in 2008, Greece retained its status within the IIHF, and took part in a qualification tournament against Armenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo prior to the 2008 Division III championship in Luxembourg. They defeated both teams, beating Armenia 8 - 5 (although Armenia was forced to Forfeit each game 5 - 0), and Bosnia-Herzegovina 10 - 1.

2009 World Championship RosterEdit

Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Club
2 Flag of Greece Grigoris Apostolidis F R Sep. 5, 1969 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
3 Flag of Greece Lazaros Efkarpidis F L Feb. 18, 1979 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
6 Flag of Greece Georgios Kouleles F R Oct. 2, 1983 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
8 Flag of Greece Iasonas Pachos F R Aug. 3, 1985 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
10 Flag of Greece Alexandros Valsamas-Rallis F R Oct. 1, 1984 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
12 Flag of Greece Kyriakos Adamidis F L Dec. 03, 1990 PAOK Thessaloniki H.C.
13 Flag of Greece Ioannis Koufis F R Jun. 25, 1965 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
15 Flag of Greece Themistoklis Lambridis F R Aug. 17, 1984 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
16 Flag of Greece Victor Mateevitsi F R Sep. 20, 1984 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
17 Flag of Greece Giorgos Adamidis F L Jan. 24, 1965 PAOK Thessaloniki H.C.
19 Flag of Greece Giorgos Kalyvas F L Dec. 6, 1978 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
21 Flag of Greece (C) Dimitris Kalyvas F L Dec. 11, 1973 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
<center>Defencemen
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Club
5 Flag of Greece Nikos Chatzigiannis D L Jan. 20, 1978 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
9 Flag of Greece (A) Ioannis Ziakas D L Jul. 31, 1972 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
11 Flag of Greece (A) Orestis Tilios D L Nov. 7, 1974 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
22 Flag of Greece Kostas Lembesis D R Jun. 6, 1972 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
23 Flag of Greece Panagiotis Iatridis D L Oct. 18, 1978 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
24 Flag of Greece Nikolaos Papadopoulos D R Dec. 22, 1987 HC Pardubice
<center>Goaltenders
# Player Position Catches Date of birth Club
1 Flag of Greece Giorgos Fiotakis G L Jan. 25, 1971 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
25 Flag of Greece Dalibor Ploutsis G L Nov. 15, 1976 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
<center>Staff
Title Staff Member
General Manager Flag of Romania Mirel Dumitrache
Head Coach Flag of Greece Panagiotis Efkarpidis
Assistant Coach Flag of Greece Yannis Giatagatzidis
Team Leader Flag of Greece Christos Chatziathanassiou
Equipment Manager Flag of Greece Ioannis Tilios

2008 World Championship RosterEdit

<center>Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Club
2 Flag of Greece Grigoris Apostolidis F R Sep. 5, 1969 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
3 Flag of Greece Lazaros Efkarpidis F L Feb. 18, 1979 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
8 Flag of Greece Iasonas Pachos F R Aug. 3, 1985 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
10 Flag of Greece Alexandros Valsamas-Rallis F R Oct. 1, 1984 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
11 Flag of Greece (A) Orestis Tilios F L Nov. 7, 1974 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
12 Flag of Greece Thanasis Kesidis F L Apr. 15, 1964 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
13 Flag of Greece Ioannis Koufis F R Jun. 25, 1965 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
15 Flag of Greece Themistoklis Lambridis F R Aug. 17, 1984 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
19 Flag of Greece Giorgos Kalyvas F L Dec. 6, 1978 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
21 Flag of Greece (C) Dimitris Kalyvas F L Dec. 11, 1973 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
<center>Defencemen
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Club
2 Flag of Greece Fivos Kaminis D R Apr. 29, 1983 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
5 Flag of Greece Nikos Chatzigiannis D L Jan. 20, 1978 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
7 Flag of Greece Ionnis Giatagatzidis D R Jan 7, 1964 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
9 Flag of Greece (A) Ioannis Ziakas D L Jul. 31, 1972 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
14 Flag of Greece Diogenis-Panagiotis Souras D R Sep. 8, 1986 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
22 Flag of Greece Kostas Lembesis D R Jun. 6, 1972 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
23 Flag of Greece Panagiotis Iatridis D L Oct. 18, 1978 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
24 Flag of Greece Nikolaos Papadopoulos D R Dec. 22, 1987 HC Pardubice
<center>Goaltenders
# Player Position Catches Date of birth Club
1 Flag of Greece Giorgos Fiotakis G L Jan. 25, 1971 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
25 Flag of Greece Dalibor Ploutsis G L Nov. 15, 1976 Iptamenoi Pagodromoi Athinai
<center>Staff
Title Staff Member
Head Coach Flag of Greece Panagiotis Efkarpidis
Assistant Coach Flag of Greece Ioannis Tilios
Team Leader Flag of Greece Christos Chatziathanassiou
Equipment Manager Flag of Greece Victor Mateevitsi
Equipment Manager Flag of Greece Pavlos Kasampoulis
Team Staff Flag of Greece Georgios Kouleles

World Championship recordEdit

Year Location Result
1992 Johannesburg, South Africa Bronze in Group B of Pool C (21st)
1995 Johannesburg, South Africa 9th place in Group B of Pool C (38th)
1998 Krugersdorp / Pretoria, South Africa 8th place in Pool D (40th)
1999 Krugersdorp, South Africa 8th place in Pool D (39th)
2008 Luxembourg, Luxembourg 5th place in Div III (45th)
2009 Dunedin, New Zealand 4th place in Div III (44th)
2010 Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg Silver in Group B of Division III

All-time Record against other nations Edit

As of May 25, 2009

Team GP W T L GF GA
Flag of Turkey Turkey 6 3 0 3 35 28
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 0 10 1
Flag of Mongolia Mongolia 1 1 0 0 10 4
Flag of Ireland Ireland 2 1 0 1 8 6
Flag of Iceland Iceland 1 1 0 0 8 6
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg 4 2 0 2 15 16
Flag of Israel Israel 3 1 0 2 11 28
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 4 1 0 3 16 22
Flag of Belgium Belgium 2 0 1 1 7 19
Flag of North Korea North Korea 1 0 0 1 3 7
Flag of Australia Australia 1 0 0 1 2 10
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 1 0 0 1 1 20
Flag of South Africa South Africa 2 0 0 2 6 20
Flag of Spain Spain 4 0 0 4 3 42
Flag of the United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 7 1

2010 World ChampionshipEdit

The Greece national ice hockey team will compete in the 2010 IIHF World Championship Division III which was held in Luxembourg, from April 14- April 17. The Team was successful in winning the Silver Medal, Gold went to Ireland and the host country Luxembourg won Bronze

April 14
16:30
Greece Flag of Greece 7 – 1
(2–1, 1–0, 4–0)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Patinoire de Kockelscheuer
Attendance: 131
April 15
16:30
Greece Flag of Greece 1 – 3
(1–0, 0–3, 0–0)
Flag of Ireland Ireland Patinoire de Kockelscheuer
Attendance: 102
April 17
20:00
Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg 1 – 2
(0–0, 0–1, 1–1)
Flag of Greece Greece Patinoire de Kockelscheuer
Attendance: 1150

1992 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships Group C2Edit

Here are the Results of Team Greece's first medal winning championship in 1992.

March 21, 1992 Turkey Flag of Turkey 3:15
Flag of Greece Greece Johannesburg, South Africa
March 23, 1992 Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg 5:9
Flag of Greece Greece Johannesburg, South Africa
March 24, 1992 Greece Flag of Greece 1:10
Flag of Spain Spain Johannesburg, South Africa
March 26, 1992 South Africa Flag of South Africa 9:4
Flag of Greece Greece Johannesburg, South Africa
March 27, 1992 Greece Flag of Greece 7:4
Flag of Israel Israel Johannesburg, South Africa

Qualification-

December 6, 1992 Greece Flag of Greece 10:2
Flag of Turkey Turkey Turkey
December 7, 1992 Israel Flag of Israel 8:1
Flag of Greece Greece Turkey

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