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Greece
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Association Greek Ice Hockey
First international
 Yugoslavia 33 - 1 Greece 
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; December 27, 1990)
Biggest defeat
 Latvia 47 - 1 Greece 
(Riga, Latvia; November 10, 1992)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 3 (first in 1991)
Best result 24th (1991)
International record (W-L-T)
0-11-0

The Greek men's national under 20 ice hockey team is the national under-20 ice hockey team in Greece. The team represents Greece at the International Ice Hockey Federation's IIHF World U20 Championship's World Junior Hockey Championship Division II.

History

The junior national team of Greece was formed in 1990 and played its first international competition in the World Junior Championships held in Yugoslavia.[1] They lost their first game 33–1 against Yugoslavia on December 27, 1990.[2] They continued their losing streak with a 22–1 loss to Bulgaria. Throughout the rest of 1990 and 1991, the Greeks lost five more games including a 22–0 shutout against Great Britain by a combined score of 93–2.[3] In 1991, they also participated in the World Junior Championship.[1] During their first two years of international competition, Greece was outscored by a score of 148–5.[3]

Despite being outscored by 143 goals the past two years Greece suffered their worst defeat in 1992 against Latvia losing 47–1.[2] The 46 goal difference was the largest in their history.[2] Greece went on to be outscored 85–3 in their final three games of the year.[3] Following the Greek national team's bronze medal at the World Championships in 1992, the sport suffered a decline in support from the people of Greece. Despite this, the junior team ended up winning one game and losing four at European Championships.[1]

As of 2010, there are currently 76 players playing junior hockey in Greece.[4] In IIHF competitions, Greece has a current record of 0–11–0.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c "History of Ice hockey in Greece". icehockey.gr. http://www.icehockey.gr/historyEN.htm. Retrieved 6 January 2010.  
  2. ^ a b c d "Junior U20". www.nationalteamsoficehockey.com. http://www.nationalteamsoficehockey.com/Junior.html. Retrieved 7 January 2010.  
  3. ^ a b c "Greece U20". www.nationalteamsoficehockey.com. http://www.nationalteamsoficehockey.com/Greece_U20_All_Time_Results.pdf. Retrieved 7 January 2010.  
  4. ^ "Greece". International Ice Hockey Federation. http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/countries/greece.html. Retrieved 6 January 2010.  
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