|Turkish Ice Hockey Super League|
|No. of teams||6|
|Most recent champion(s)||Zeytinburnu Belediyesi SK|
The Turkish Ice Hockey Super League (Turkish: Türkiye Buz Hokeyi Süper Ligi, abbreviated TBHSL) is the highest level of ice hockey in Turkey. It is operated under the jurisdiction of the Turkish Ice Hockey Federation, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. The league currently consists of six teams, from two different cities.
The champion of the league qualifies for the first round of IIHF Continental Cup.
The Bel-Pa Ice Rink hosted the first match ever played in compliance with the IIHF rules and regulations, at the end of 1989 between Ankara Tarım Kredi Spor and Istanbul Paten Kulübü teams.
As of January 1990, ice hockey in Turkey operated under the jurisdiction of the Turkish Ski Federation, and the first championship ever was organized among two teams from Ankara and two from Istanbul. Ankara Büyükşehir Belediyesi, İstanbul Paten Klübü, Ankara Atatürk Buz Hokeyi Takımı and İstanbul Boğaziçi Patinaj Klübü participated in the competition and B.B. Ankara SK became the champion.
The rising interest in ice hockey led to an increasing number of players and teams. The Turkish Ice Hockey Federation was founded in 1991. Rino Ouellette, a Canadian diplomat in Ankara, who coached two teams consecutively, contributed much to the development of ice hockey sport in Turkey. A tournament, organized in 1992 (won by Belpa Ankara), laid the ground stone for the establishment of Turkey's first ice hockey league in 1993.
Turkish Ice Hockey Super League games are played in two hockey rinks in Turkey. The Bel-Pa Ice Rink in Ankara has a seating capacity of 1,150 spectators and hosts the games of the teams based in Ankara. The Kocaeli Ice Rink in Izmit has the largest seating capacity of any Turkish Ice Hockey Super League arena with its 3,600 seating capacity and it is home to the Kocaeli B.B. Kağıtspor. Hockey rinks in Turkey follow the IIHF specifications for ice surface dimensions, 60 m length x 30 m width, and a corner radius of 8.5 m.
Apart from the hockey rinks in Ankara and Izmit, new olympic size hockey rinks were built in Istanbul, Erzurum and Bolu. A new hockey rink in Istanbul, the Silivrikapı Ice Skating Hall opened in September 2008. Another hockey rink is planned for Bolu, but construction has not yet begun. Under the 2011 Winter Universiade held in the city of Erzurum, three rinks were installed. One was permanent, the other two were dismantled and re-established in other cities of Turkey after the 2011 Winter Universiade games.
Since the 1992-93 a regular Turkish national league is staged. In the first ever edition six teams competed and B.B. Ankara crowned themselves the champion, by winning all five games. This team earned most titles – seven in all. They battled out their last championship in the 2002-03 season. Polis Akademisi ve Koleji (Police Academy) won five championships and is the most successful team in recent years. Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt S.K. from Izmit was stopped after reigning from 2004.. Since the beginning of the Turkish Ice Hockey Super League, Ankara teams earned most titles.
Performance by clubEdit
* means club has folded and is no longer operating.
|B.B. Ankara||7||1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003|
|Polis Akademisi ve Koleji||5||2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008|
|Başkent Yıldızları||3||2011, 2012, 2013|
|Zeytinburnu Belediyesi SK||2||2016|
|Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt||1||2007|
|Istanbul Paten Kulübü||1||1998|
|Ankara University SK||1||2010|
|İzmir B.B. SK||1||2014|
- ↑ Ulagay, Alp (2001-12-15). Buzda kapışma. Hürriyet Gazetesi. Retrieved on 2001-12-15.
- ↑ Kocaeli Büyükşehir Belediyesi
- ↑ Branchu, Marc (2008-04-06). Interview de James MacEachern. Hockey Archives. Retrieved on 2008-05-15. (French)
- ↑ Travnicek, Michal (2008-03-31). Hockey on the Rise. Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2008-05-20.
- ↑ "2012-2013 Sezonu TBHF Süper Lig 1'cisi Başkent Yıldızları S.K Oldu" (in Turkish). TBHF. http://www.tbhf.org.tr/IcerikGetir/1636.aspx. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
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|Turkish Ice Hockey Super League seasons|
|1992–93 • 1993–94 • 1994–95 • 1995–96 • 1996–97 • 1997–98 • 1998–99 • 1999–00 • 2000–01 • 2001–02 • 2002–03 • 2003–04 • 2004–05 • 2005–06 • 2006–07 • 2007–08 • 2008–09 • 2009–10 • 2010–11 • 2011–12 • 2012–13 • 2013–14 • 2014–15 • 2015–16|
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