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HOCKEY IN BULGRAIA
FIRST STEP – APPEARANCE AND FORMATION.
The first data about the Hockey in Bulgaria appears at the end of the century 19. In 1897 in an article of the third one edition of the magazine the essence of the English Hockey is described.
The first time the game is showed in Bulgaria in 1914 for by Alexander Momchilov – Choky and one year later he forms the first hockey team in the sport club “Athletic”. In 1919 The United sport club “Slavia” starts to play hockey. In 1921 the established in the same year “Union of the sport league” USL include the hockey in the compulsory group sport. In the same year two woman teams are set up and three years later the first youth teams are found. In January 1926 “The Hockey club” is set up, and at the General Assembly celebrated on 7 of February the Statute is accepted and also the Executive Board which president was the prof. Dimitar Mishaikov. On 17 of February “The Hockey club” is entered in the registry of the Ministry of Interior with the number No 387. The first official games and tournaments are celebrated in 1927. After 1930 there is not a lot of information about the hockey activity. At the end of the 80’s and at the beginning of the 90’s the ice hockey appears giving the base of the hockey.
SECOND STEP – RESURGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT.
In 1988 after approximately sixty years of hush two independent centers are found – in the city of Harmanly and in the city of New Iskar, they put the base for the resurgence and the development of the hockey.The team of “Hebros”, found in the city of Harmanly in 1988 makes the first hockey section.
A little bit later the youth team goes to Tashkent (USSR) where are played the first international meeting games with the local hockey club. To give some method help to the team of Hebros comes to Bulgaria the famous specialist Igor Hvan. In the following meeting games celebrated in the next few years the team of Hebros improves and in 1989 win a victory over the team of Tashkent.
The other team called “Drujba” found in 1988 in the city of Novi Iskar has interesting origin. The idea to make this team comes from the Black Sea Coast where the Polish military club has a rest. They discuss the idea with the Drujba president - Nicola Gorchev and in the summer of the same year the team is found with the material help – sticks and balls, from the
THE FEDERATION – STRUCTURE, CLUBS AND TOURNAMENTS
On 6th of June of 1991 the Bulgarian Hockey Federation is found. The founders are the both hockey clubs “Balkan”, from Novi Iskar and “Hebros” from Harmanly. There is one more club found in the same year, it is the club “Academic”.
There are four Executive Boards that have managed the federation from it creation.
The First one and the second one are between 1991 and 1997. The federation activity is closed and the same function without purpose of the future. The principal events in this period are the Balkan Conference of the National Hockey Asociations – in Sofia 1995 and the first
Balkan Hockey Challenge – Sofia 1995.
There is no much data about the activity of the Second Executive Board ( 1996-97) . The new beginning of the hockey starts with the Third Executive Board in 1998. It’s a time of abode changes and of democracy in the Board of the Bulgarian Hockey Federation. BHF makes a big jump in the development of the hockey. It’s when the normative base is made, and the structure model of manage is created. Also is defined the system of the State Championships.
The youth national teams( Man and Woman) are created. Bulgaria becomes a hockey lider on the Balkans in the youth division. The bigest success is Third Place of the National Youth Team (Woman) in the EuroHockey Youth Nations Championship (U16) – Trophy, Sofia, 2002 (11 place in Europe).
The Fourth and at present Executive Board is formed on 28 August 2003. The president is Mr. Simeon Kralev and many other famous people take part in it, like: Prof. Latchezar Dimitrov, NSA Rector, the German diplomatist – Yorg Shenk – First Secretary of the Embassy of Germany, Valeri Vasilev – Executive Director of the Bulgarian State Railway,Boncho Zlatev – ex- director of BHF, Jordan Penev from Biala, Georgi Nikolov from Albena.
The Board of the Federation has as purpose the building of new hockey pitch, to become popular the hockey game, the improvement of the organising structure, the normative base,etc. The biggest achievement is the start of construction of modern hockey pitch in Albena resort. Bulgaria is also designed by the International Hockey Federation for the B-Grand
Programme, with the annual subsidy of 20.000 Euro for the period 2005-2008. In 2005 FIH has invested 6.000Euro in the BHF project – “Club Development”