Macedonia

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Macedonia
Flag of Macedonia.svg.png
Continent Europe
Population 2,055,044
Registered players N/A
Referees N/A
Rinks 1
National teams Men's
National federation Macedonian Ice Hockey Federation
IIHF since October 4, 2001
IIHF ranking N/A
Top league Macedonian Championship
Current champion HK Metalurg Skopje


Macedonia is a country on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Skopje is the capital and largest city.

Overview

National Teams

Domestic Teams

See Category:Ice hockey teams in Macedonia

Arenas

See Category:Arenas in Macedonia

Competitions

Competition Founded Folded Notes
Macedonian Championship 2013 - National championship
Balkan League 2007 (2013 MKD) - Multi-national league
Total TV Hockey League 2011 2012 Defunct multi-national league

History of hockey in Macedonia

The Macedonian Ice Hockey Federation is the governing body of ice hockey in the country. Macedonia became an IIHF member on October 4, 2001.[1]

Skopje hosted the 1969 World Championship Pool C tournament. HK Skopje and HK Vardar Skopje both participated in the Yugoslav Ice Hockey League in some years from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Hockey activities died out for a while after the breakup of Yugoslavia, but began again in 2011 after the opening of a new ice rink, the Boris Trajikovski Sports Center, in Skopje.

HK Skopje participated in three games in the multi-national Total TV Hockey League in the 2011-12 season. More games were originally scheduled to be played, but the season was not completed. The Macedonian Championship was contested for the first time in 2014. HK Metalurg Skopje became the first national champions. Metalurg has also played in the Balkan League since 2013-14, winning the league title in 2015.

The national team played its first game on March 27, 2011, against Red Star Sofia of Bulgaria in Skopje. Macedonia ended up losing the game by a score of 4-1. In December 2014 Macadonia played two exhibition games against the Bulgarian Junior National Team (U20) in Skopje. They lost the first game 6-5 in overtime and won the second 4-3 following a shootout, recording the teams first ever win.[2]

The national team has not yet debuted at the World Championships. However, the national inline hockey team (composed mostly of ice hockey players) has participated in the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Qualification tournament since 2011-12.

References

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