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Greece
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Hellenic Ice Sports Federation
General Manager Romania Mirel Dumitrache
Head coach Greece Panagiotis Efkarpidis
Captain Dimitris Kalyvas
Most games Dimitris Kalyvas (27)
Most points Dimitris Kalyvas (31)
IIHF ranking 46
Highest IIHF ranking 46 (first in 2009)
Lowest IIHF ranking 46 (2008)
Team colours Blue and White
Blue-jersey2009.JPG
First international
 Greece 15 - 3 Turkey 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 21, 1992)
Biggest win
 Greece 15 - 3 Turkey 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 21, 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 21 - 1 Greece 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; March 22, 1995)
International record (W–L–T)
10-20-1
World Championships medal record
World Championships
Bronze 1992 South Africa

The Greek National Ice Hockey Team is the national ice hockey team of Greece, and member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

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History

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 Dimitris Kalyvas, the Captain of 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 Roster

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

2008 World Championship Roster

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

World Championship record

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

All-time Record against other nations

As of May 25, 2009

Team GP W T L GF GA
 Turkey 6 3 0 3 35 28
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 0 10 1
 Mongolia 1 1 0 0 10 4
 Ireland 1 1 0 0 7 3
 Iceland 1 1 0 0 8 6
 Luxembourg 3 1 0 2 13 15
 Israel 3 1 0 2 11 28
 New Zealand 4 1 0 3 16 22
 Belgium 2 0 1 1 7 19
 North Korea 1 0 0 1 3 7
 Australia 1 0 0 1 2 10
 Lithuania 1 0 0 1 1 20
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 6 20
 Spain 4 0 0 4 3 42

2010 World Championship

The Greece national ice hockey team will compete in the 2010 IIHF World Championship Division III which will be held in Luxembourg, from April 14- April 17.

April 14
16:30
Greece  -
 United Arab Emirates Patinoire de Kockelscheuer
April 15
16:30
Greece  -
 Ireland Patinoire de Kockelscheuer
April 17
20:00
Luxembourg  -
 Greece Patinoire de Kockelscheuer

1992 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships Group C2

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

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

Qualification-

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

References

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