Argentina

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Argentina
Flag of Argentina.svg.png
Continent South America
Population 41,281,631
Registered players 966
Referees 29
Rinks 1
National teams Men's
Women's
National federation Argentine Association of
Ice and In-Line Hockey
IIHF since May 31, 1998
IIHF ranking N/A
Top league None


Argentina is a country in South America. Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city.

Overview

National Teams

Competitions

Competition Founded Folded Notes
Liga Metropolitana 1998 - Various competitions in Buenos Aires
Copa Honor y Respeto al Hockey 2007 - Youth tournament in Buenos Aires
Copa Fin del Mundo 2005 - Tournament in Usuhaia

History of hockey in Argentina

The country's first ice rink opened in Buenos Aires in 1907. A second rink was erected in 1911. It was modeled after the Palais de Glace in Paris.

Austrians and German expats attempted to kick-start some hockey activities in the capital of Buenos Aires in the mid 1950s, but their efforts were mostly unsuccessful.. One of the people involved was the Hungarian player Béla Gosztonyi (Goszleth) who represented Hungary in the 1939 World Championships. In the 1970s, ice hockey was played around the Pampas mountains, mainly by European emigrants.

A new indoor ice rink was built in Buenos Aires in 1981, and some recreational hockey was played at the facility. Nearly 30 ice rinks opened around the country, but hockey still didn't take off.

Efforts to get the game going were renewed in the mid-1990s. Argentina became an IIHF member on May 31, 1998. The Argentine Association of Ice and In-Line Hockey is the governing body for ice and inline hockey in the country.[1]

However, a separate association, the Federacion Argentina de Hockey sobre Hielo (FAHH) is responsible for organizing ice hockey competitions in Argentina. The Liga Metropolitana, run by the FAHH, has organized numerous competitions in Buenos Aires since 1998. There is also a youth tournament, the Copa Honor y Respeto al Hockey, which was first contested in 2007.[2]

In the Patagonian city of Usuhaia, where British missionaries first took up skating in the 1860s, there are several competitions, the most prestigious being the Copa Fin del Mundo (End of the World Cup). Teams from around Argentina are eligible to participate and the tournament was made open to international teams in 2013.[3]

Another competition, organized by the Liga Ushuainese de Hockey Sobre Hielo, known as the Torneo Apertura Ushuaiense, was staged in 2011.

The Argentinian National Team made its international debut on February 18, 2012, losing 5:1 to Mexico. A rematch was held on the 19th, with Argentina falling 10:1. The women’s national team also played for the first time on that date, beating Mexico 1:0 to notch a victory in their inaugural international match. Mexico defeated the Argentines 7:1 in the rematch on the 19th.[4]

The men's national team has also played in the Pan American Ice Hockey Tournament in 2014 and 2015.[5] The women's team took part in the 2015 tournament.

References

Credits

Special thanks to Patrick H. for supplying information on this country.

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