Συνέντευξη για το παρελθόν, το παρόν και το μέλλον του Ελληνικού Χόκεϋ με τον Δημήτρη Καλύβα.
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.
Όποιος ξεχνά την ιστορία του, είναι καταδικασμένος να ξεχαστεί και ο ίδιος. Είτε πολιτισμικά, είτε αθλητικά, είτε αλλού. Στην Ελλάδα δυστυχώς, έχουμε μία τάση να ξεχνάμε εύκολα. Αν ρωτήσετε σήμερα ένα παιδί ποιος είναι ο Νίκος Γκάλης, είναι βέβαιο ότι λίγα παιδιά θα απαντήσουν. Η Ελλάδα ποτέ δεν ήξερε να τιμά αυτούς που έχουν προσφέρει.
Από τη σελίδα αυτή θα προσπαθήσουμε να κρατήσουμε τις μνήμες ζωντανές, όχι ότι μπορούμε να συγκριθούμε με τον Γκάλη, αλλά για το άθλημά μας, προσφέραμε πολλά!
Ας θυμηθούμε πως ξεκίνησε η χρυσή εξαετία του Ελληνικού Χόκεϋ:
OPEN LETTER to IIHF: NEW PROPOSAL FOR IIHF PARTICIPATION
Dear Ice Hockey Friends,
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:
5-goal Differential 2008: 8 games 2009: 6 games 2010: 5 games 2012: 5 games 2013: 4 games 2014: 11 games 2015: 14 games
10-goal Differential 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 the World Championships and a new idea that can help all lower division countries develop the sport in a more structured and monitored fashion.