|National federation|| Ice Hockey Federation|
of the Kyrgyz Republic.
|IIHF since||May 14, 2011|
|Top league||Kyrgyzstan Championship|
|Current champion||Arstan Shumkur Bishkek|
Kyrgyzstan is a country located in Central Asia. Bishkek is the capital and largest city. Kyrgyzstan was part of the Soviet Union until 1991.
|Kyrgyzstan Championship||2009||-||National competition|
History of hockey in KyrgyzstanEdit
In 2006, there was a competition in existence in the village of Naryn, known as the Naryn Hockey League. One of the league's founders, Nurlan Matyyev, was quoted as saying "This is our own NHL -- the Naryn Hockey League. The only difference to the NHL in Canada is that we use a natural lake instead of a rink and that we haven't got as much money."
Numerous tournaments were held in Kyrgyzstan prior to the establishment of the Kyrgyzstan Championship in 2010. In 2008, a tournament was staged in Cholpon-Ata to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the IIHF's foundation.
Presently, there are three ice rinks in the capital of Bishkek, one of which features an international size ice sheet (60 x 30 metres) and 900 seats, and many other natural ice rinks throughout the mountainous country.
The Kyrgyz National Team, representing the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic, made its debut at the 1962 Soviet Winter Spartakiad, held in Sverdlovsk. The team participated in eight games, notching two wins over the Armenian SSR.
After independence, Kyrgyzstan returned to the international scene to play in the 2011 Asian Winter Games Premier Division. They won the Premier Division after winning all six of their games by a combined score of 95-23. This excellent debut helped bolster interest in the sport in the country. Bishkek hosted the 2014 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia – Division I, in which Kyrgyzstan finished second.