A great and fast game was played yesterday at Athens Heart ice rink between the Greek All-Stars and players of the Canadian Navy. Final score 10-5 for the Greek All-Stars. All those that came to the rink had an opportunity to watch a great game, filled with action and nice goals by both teams. The fans were cheering both teams showing that sports unites nations.
The All-Stars of the Greek Ice hockey league, comprised of players from Iptameni and Albatros, will play a friendly game against sailors from the Canadian Navy that will be in Pireas during the last week of November.
The game is scheduled for November 28th at 9pm at the Athens Heart ice rink located on Pireos 186 in Athens.
Admission is free for anyone that would like to come and watch a great ice hockey game.
The jersey worn by the captain of the National Team Dimitris Kalyvas at the 2010 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship Div.III held in Luxembourg along with his silver medal won in the games are now displayed in Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Great honor for him but also for Greek Ice Hockey and the Greek National Team.
Once upon a time….02.20.2008
The members of Team Greece have pulled off one of the most remarkable comebacks in international hockey history. After a nine-year absence from international competition, they’ve made a successful return. Even more notably, the team has fought to preserve a sport that was on the brink on extinction and given it hope for the future.
Recently, Team Greece emerged victorious in the IIHF Division III World Championship qualification tournament played in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Feb. 15-17. In addition to the host nation and the Greeks, the round-robin tourney included Armenia. The members of Team Greece celebrate their Division III Team Greece defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina by a 10-1 count and downed Armenia, 8-5. As a result, Team Greece has earned a spot in the 2008 Division III Worlds in Luxembourg.
“It has been a very long road to get to this point,” said Team Greece captain Dimtris Kalyvas. “There’s still work to do before Luxembourg, but our team is prepared to continue working hard to do whatever it takes for Greek hockey to succeed. We are as hungry and passionate a team as you will find anywhere.”
Once upon a time…
Efforts by leaders like Kalyvas bring the Greek national team back to IIHF competitions.
If there was a gold medal awarded for perseverance and determination to overcome severe hardships, the national hockey team of Greece would be a richly deserving winner. The story of the players’ inspiring fight to keep their team together – and keep the sport of ice hockey alive in their homeland – has all the makings of a Hollywood film.
For most of the last fourteen years, the Greek team has persevered in the face of long odds. In the 1990s, the Greek government cut off all funding to the hockey program. Since 2003, Greece has been just one of one two European member countries without a viable hockey rink in the country.
Through it all, the Greek hockey players found ways to persevere. Under the leadership of team captain Dimitris Kalyvas, the players have gone to extraordinary lengths to stay together on and off the ice. The players pooled their own resources to continue playing, even selffunding trips to practice and play in the Czech Republic.
Once upon a time, Greek Ice Hockey was featured on iihf.com and nhl.com
- 17/10/2012 UAE, Greece advance (IIHF.com)
- 20/04/2010 From Abu Dhabi to the Acropolis (IIHF.com)
- 20/02/2008 Greek hockey gets back in the game (NHL.com) – Bill Meltzer
- 17/02/2008 Greeks going to Luxembourg (IIHF.com)
- 16/02/2008 Impressive Greek comeback (IIHF.com)
- 06/12/2007 Greek hockey – against all odds (IIHF.COM) Bill Meltzer
- 29/09/2006 Team Greece winning uphill battle for survival (NHL.com) Bill Meltzer
April 2013, Cape Town, South Africa
The National Team players would like to thank all the true friends of the team, which over the years have supported and stood next to them in happy times and most difficult moments! Without your support, nothing would be possible! Thank you!
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) decided today, at the Annual Congress held in Sweden, to ban the Men’s Hellenic National Team (and all future national team of all categories) from the world championships until an Olympic sized ice rink opens in Greece. More details soon to come.
The 2013 IIHF World Championship is over and the National Team left Cape Town with mixed feelings.
Our National team represented Greece once again in this very important international event, and had to compete against experienced opponents in conditions outside the Greek reality.
The lack of proper preparation of our athletes, had an obvious negative impact on their performance and the final results. The players were obviously disappointed by the final standings. Disappointment, because everyone knows that if the players of this team had the opportunity to train in an Olympic size ice rink and at reasonable hours, they would have accomplished amazing results.
Despite all these factors, the appearance of the national team was successful!
This year the National Team was composed not only by the well-known experienced athletes who kept the level of the Team high for the past years, but also by new players who helped significantly and gave new hope to the team. Both our goalies, Spyros Ploutsis and Georgios Fiotakis, gave their best, protecting the net of the National Team once again! Despite the many serious injuries, our athletes did not give up and kept fighting until the last minute, to make us proud again!
The scorers of our National Team were Panagiotis Koulouris, Dimitris Kalyvas, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Georgios Kalyvas, Lefteris Fournogerakis, Alexandros Valsamas-Rallis, Ioannis Koufis, Orestis Tilios, Kyriakos Adamidis and Iason Pachos. Of course all the other athletes, Polykarpos Amanatidis, Nikos Chatzigiannis, Georgios Kouleles, Diogenis Souras, Pavlos Kasampoulis, Marios Libertos, Antonis Kanellis and Dimitris Malamas, also contributed in order for the National Team to have a good presence in the World Championship.
Most Valuable Player of the Championship for our National Team was Panagiotis Koulouris.
Special thanks to ETALON, who sponsored the National Team.
Special thanks to all the Greek fans that supported the National Team, by either coming to the ice rink or by sending words of encouragement. THANK YOU!
|21||Dimitris Kalyvas (C)||5||0||6||6||16||2|
|19||Georgios Kalyvas (A)||5||2||0||2||13||0|
|11||Orestis Tilios (A)||5||1||0||1||11||2|
|11||Macky Reinecke||South Africa||F||5||4||14||18||12|
|8||Joshua Reinecke||South Africa||F||5||9||7||16||16|
|24||Uthman Sammai||South Africa||F||5||5||10||15||8|
|17||Min Ri Chol||DPR Korea||F||5||5||2||7||4|
|18||Chris Reeves||South Africa||D||5||3||3||6||0|
|4||Jack Valadas||South Africa||F||5||3||3||6||0|
|11||Rim Hong Chun||DPR Korea||F||5||2||4||6||0|
P:Position, GP: Games Played, G:Goals, A:Assists, PTS:Points, PIM:Penalty in Minutes
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