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Italy
250px-Location Italy EU Europe
Flag and abbrev. Flag of Italy ITA
Continent Europe
Leader Giorgio Napolitano
(President of the Republic)

Silvio Berlusconi
(President of the Council)

Population 60,054,511 (as of 2009)
Registered players 7,075
Percentage 0,00011%
National team La Blue Team
National federation Federazione italiana sport del ghiaccio
IIHF ranking 14th (-1)
Top league Serie A
Current champion HC Bolzano

Italy is a country in southern Europe, located in the Italian Peninsula and on the two largest islands of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia and Sicily. Italy has a population of about 60,000.000. The country shares borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia to the North; the country is host to two independant enclaves, the autonomous republics of San Marino and Vatican City.

History of hockey in ItalyEdit

The first Italian ice hockey team was created in Torino in 1911. The same year, a club called Circolo Pattinatori Valentino played its first official game against a team from Lyon, France. Soon hockey gained popularity, particurarly in the north of Italy. Hockey teams were founded in the 1920's and the country's first indoor rink was opened in Milan in 1923.

Italy's ice hockey association was created in 1924. A year earlier, Italy had joined the International Ice Hockey Federation. The first national championship was held in 1925.

OrganizationEdit

Ice hockey in Italy works accordingly to a promotion and relegation system. Besides the league system, there is also a national Cup (la Coppa Italia) and a supercup, the Supercoppa italiana, where the previous winner of the Serie A meets the winner of the Coppa Italia.

Italian hockey scheme
Elite Serie A (8)
Second Serie A2 (9)
Third Serie C Under 26 Prima Divizione (10)
Fourth Serie C Under 26 Seconda Divizione (9)
Fifth Lombardia (5) Piemonte/Val d'Aosta (4) Nord-Est (5) Centro-Sud (3)
Sixth Leghe amatoriali altoatesine di hockey su ghiaccio

Women'sEdit

Women's Serie A

InternationalEdit

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Italy

Info

Rinks

Players

Referees

161

Population

60,231,214

Indoor

53

Total

6,454

Male

--

Capital

Rome

Outdoor

10

Male

1,976

Female

--

IIHF Since

January 24 1924

Junior

4,085

Female

393



The Italian national team made its debut at the World Championships in 1930. In the Olympics, Italy played first time in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936. The best achievement in the olympic ranks is from year 1956: Italy finished 7th in the games in Cortina.

The country has competed in Pool A of World Championships several times, last in 2002, but has not won any medals. Italy's junior and women's teams have competed in Pool B and C of World Championships.

Some great Italian playersEdit

National TeamsEdit

See alsoEdit

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