Players of the National Team and Iptameni, Iason Pachos, Themistocles Lambridis, Alex Rallis and Marcus Filipsson travelled from their home ice rink in Athens, in search of a frozen pond. in Greece. They didn’t expect to be hiking up the second highest peak in Greece, Mt Smolikas to find one. But they did! Yes, Pond Hockey in Greece!
A new video dedicated on the greatest qualifier in the history of the sport, with all the goals, the great moments, scenes from inside the locker room, the National Anthem and the celebrations. An opportunity for the young to learn and older to remember the glorious history of ice hockey in Greece. A big thank you again to the guys of the national team, and to those who helped make this dream a reality. We hope to see the great athletes of our country participate in the World Championships again wearing our national colors with pride.
Q & A with Dimitris Kalyvas captain of the Greek national team about the past, the present and the future of Greek Ice Hockey.
July 14, 2016 by National Teams of Ice Hockey
Greek Ice Hockey has been suspended since 2014, we chatted with team Captain of the Greek national team Dimitris Kalyvas who is on a mission to get Greece back on the world stage.
Can you tell our audience little bit about yourself?
[Dimitris Kalyvas] Well, I was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to Greece at a very young age. I started playing hockey in Montreal, as most kids did back in the 70s, and fell in love with the sport. Moving to Greece was a lot easier when I found out that ice hockey is being played there. I started playing hockey in Greece from the minute the plane landed in 1989 and haven’t stopped since. As for the National Team, I was a member of the first Junior National Team that was formed in 1989. In the Men’s Team, I become captain from 1998 and remained until the last National Team in 2013. I’ve participated in 8 IIHF World Championships and I am the all-time top scorer of the National Team.
How did ice hockey get started in Greece?
[Dimitris Kalyvas] Ice Hockey started in Greece in 1984 by players that returned to Greece from abroad. There was a small ice rink in Athens. No boards, no Zamboni. But, it was ice hockey! At the beginning, it was just games being played amongst friends, but very soon things started to organize. Team were formed, a Federation was created (1987), and the first Junior National Team participated in the IIHF World Championships in Yugoslavia in 1989.
The 3-on-3 tournament was successfully completed, held for the first time in Greece. It was a real celebration of the sport that brought together athletes of male, female and kids hockey! Athletes without clubs and colors created teams for the sole purpose to have a good time and enjoy the sport they love.
Winners, after almost four hockey hours, were The Greek Gods, with John Lachance, John Kokkono and Anthonis Kanellis, who beat The Scandinavian Flying Ice Mangos with Marcus Filipsson, Diogeni Soura, Alex Valsamas-Rallis and Alexandra Kovats. In the final were also the Frozen Potatoes with Jason Pachos, Themis Lambridis, Palvos Kasampoulis and Konstantino Koufopoulos.
Congratulations to all teams and all athletes!
See you again in September to see who will raise again the GOLD SHOVEL!
The 2008 IIHF World Championship Div.III video was missing from our collection. Enjoy! Nine years after their previous participation, the Greek National Team is back at the World Championships!. Watch the goals and best moments at the 2008 IIHF World Championship Div.III that was held Luxembourg in March/April 2008.
Anyone who forgets his history is doomed to be forget himself. Whether culturally, in sports or elsewhere. In Greece unfortunately, we have a tendency to forget easily. If you ask a child today who is Nick Galis, I’m more than certain that few will respond correctly. The Greeks never knew how to honor those who have contributed.
From this page we will try to keep the memories alive, not that we can compare ourselves to Nick Galis, but for our sport, we offered a lot!
Let us remember how the golden years of the Greek Hockey started:
It has now been 2 years since the last participation of Greece in the Division III World Championships. We have watched with great interest the 2014 and 2015 Championships. While it has been great to see new countries participate we have been disheartened to see many of the lopsided results which in our humble opinion does detract from the quality of the Championships.
Since our re-entry into the IIHF family in 2008 we have taken the liberty of accumulating the following game statistics, which we of course know that you are aware of:
2008: 8 games
2009: 6 games
2010: 5 games
2012: 5 games
2013: 4 games
2014: 11 games
2015: 14 games
2008: 1 game
2009: 0 games
2010: 2 games
2012: 0 games
2013: 1 games
2014: 6 games
2015: 5 games
The sudden increase in the lopsided scores appears to coincide with the removal by the IIHF of Greece, Ireland and Mongolia after 2013 from participating in the Championships due to not meeting the minimum participation standards regarding an ice facility in the country. Prior to this change, many of these high differential games may have happened in qualifications which most likely would have led to a more competitive World Championship while allowing the countries participating in the qualifications to continue to develop the sport of hockey in their respective countries.
It is in this spirit that the following is presented in order to give you the current status of Ice Hockey in Greece, the impact of Greece’s removal by the IIHF from participating at the World Championships and a new idea that can help all lower division countries develop the sport in a more structured and monitored fashion.
We celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the silver medal won by the Greek National Ice Hockey Team at the World Championship Div.III held in Luxembourg in April 2010. This achievement was the greatest in the history of the sport in Greece, and it came after many sacrifices, difficulties and obstacles that the athletes and coaches had to surpass.
Nothing came easy for this team.
Without the appropriate infrastructure and despite the indifference of government officials, the players wore the Greek National Jersey with pride and gave their very best, bringing home the silver medal. Finally, after years of effort and despite the many difficulties, the hard work of our players paid off! Today, five years later, unfortunately, nothing reminds us of this success. The National Team has been dismantled, there is no Greek League, and the sport in general is almost extinct. Only activity is some friendly games between various clubs that still remain, and some romantics who continue to coach the youth teams. Nothing reminds us of the glorious period of Greek ice hockey where the success of the sport was front-page news of the official page of the IIHF, almost on a monthly basis. The video was created for the older generation to remember but also to teach the youth that Ice Hockey in Greece has a glorious history with great athletes who sacrificed a lot to bring these amazing results. The moments lived by our athletes are unique. You can witness the love that the athletes share for the sport, their country and their team! You can also see the passion with which they sing the National Anthem and the strong bond that they had with each other.
The Greek Men’s National ice hockey team 2010. Thank you for making us proud.