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Organization Turkish Ice Hockey Federation
Joined IIHF May 1, 1991
President Akın Kılavuz
IIHF Men's Ranking 41
IIHF Women's Ranking 33

Turkish Ice Hockey Federation (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 (Türkiye Buz Sporları Federasyonu, TBSF). It is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The TBHF is based in Ankara and its current chairman is A. Kadir Dökmeci.[1]

TBHF conducts two ice hockey leagues for men's, one for juniors /U20) and since February 2007 one for women's teams. The federation organizes also the national teams for men's, women's, juniors U20 and U18.


Ice hockey playing started in Turkey in the beginning of 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 officer 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 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.

From 1992 on, the federation conducted regularly courses for referees and trainers.

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.[2]

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.[3]

Domestic events and teamsEdit

The TBHF conducts in the 2006-2007 season four leagues and an outdoor ice hockey tournament.[4] In the Turkish Ice Hockey Super League, 8 teams compete. Turkish Ice Hockey First League compromise 5 teams. In the Juniors (U20) League, there are 11 teams.[5] The Turkish Ice Hockey Women's League debuted in February 2007 with 7 teams.[6] Currently there are 625 registered hockey players in Turkish ice hockey leagues.[7]

Turkish Ice Hockey Super League

ClubHome townArenaFoundedLast season
Anka Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa20043rd
Başkent Yıldızları Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa19984th
Büyükşehir Belediyesi Ankara Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa19786th
İstanbul Paten Spor KulübüIstanbulGalleria19875th
İstanbul TED Kolejliler Spor KulübüIstanbulGalleria2000Promoted from First League
Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kağıt Spor KulübüIzmitKocaeli20001st
Polis Akademisi ve KolejiAnkaraBel-Pa19962nd
TED Ankara Kolejliler Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa19547th

Turkish Ice Hockey First League

ClubHome townArenaFoundedLast season
ABBA Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa2005
Ankara Emniyet Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa19902nd
Ankara Üniversitesi Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa1948
İzmit Şirintepe Spor KulübüIzmitKocaeli2000
ODTÜ Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa19624th
Truva Paten Spor KulübüIstanbulGalleria20055th

Turkish Ice Hockey Women's League - Group A

ClubHome townArenaFoundedLast season
Anka Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa2004
Ankara Üniversitesi Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa1948
ODTÜ Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa1962
Polis Akademisi ve Koleji Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa19961st
Truva Paten Spor KulübüAnkaraGalleria2005

Turkish Ice Hockey Women's League - Group B

ClubHome townArenaFoundedLast season
ABBA Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa2005
Boğaziçi Patinaj Spor KulübüIstanbulGalleria1986
Başkent Yıldızları Buz Hokeyi Spor KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa1998
Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kağıt Spor KulübüIzmitKocaeli20002nd
Milenyum Paten KulübüAnkaraBel-Pa2002

Turkish Juniors (U20) League

  • Anka S.K., Ankara
  • Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K., Ankara
  • Ankara Emniyetspor, Ankara
  • Ankara Truva Paten S.K., Ankara
  • Başkent Yıldızları Buz Pateni ve Buz Hokeyi S.K., Ankara
  • İstanbul Ted Kolejliler S.K., Istanbul
  • İzmit Buz Sporları Paten Klübü Derneği, Kocaeli
  • İzmit Çenesuyu S.Ki, Kocaeli
  • İzmit Şirintepe, Kocaeli
  • Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kağıt Spor, Kocaeli
  • Şampiyon S.K., Ankara

International eventsEdit

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



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.

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