Bosnia and Herzegovina Hockey League

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Sport Ice hockey
Founded2002
Founder BH Ice Hockey Federation
Inaugural season 2002–03
No. of teams4
CountryFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Venue(s)Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch
Most recent
champion(s)
HK Ajkule Ilidža 2010 (2)
Most titles HK Stari Grad (3)
Official website http://www.hsbih.ba

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Hockey League (BHL) is the top league for ice hockey in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is organized by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ice Hockey Federation.

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History

Hockey developed slowly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, all of it being concentrated in Sarajevo. By the later 1980s, one team, HK Bosna, made it to the Yugoslav Hockey League. With the end of Yugoslavia came the end of hockey in the country, for some time. War and economic difficulties prevented the organization/formation of a league for some time. The first season of the league was held in 2002–03, with four teams. After the season three teams simply were not able to remain active. With their demise, the league went into a hiatus for six years until the 2009–10 season. [1] The league is strictly amateur at this time with a low/developmental level of play with no body checking.

All hockey games in BiH are played out in the country's biggest city and capital, Sarajevo, at Olympic Hall Zetra. A second rink at Skenderija that fell in disrepair was not ready in time for the 2009 season. Reconstruction started in February 2010. [2] Currently, no other city has a regulation sized ice-rink. For the start of the 2011–12 season it was announced that HK Bosna and left the league to play in the newly formed Open Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an international league with teams from Bulgaria, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia. [3] The league also changed its abbreviation from "BHL" to "BHHL" and HK Ilidža 2010 changed its name to HK Ajkule Ilidža 2010. [4]

Teams

The 2002–03 season had four teams competing — HK Bosna, HK Ilidža 2010, HK Jahorina, and HK Šampion. However following the end of the season both HK Jahorina and HK Šampion folded and the league went on hiatus. [5] When the league returned in for the 2009–10 season two new teams, HK Stari Grad and HK Alfa, joined the league with HK Bosna. [6] The 2010–11 season has four teams competing in Sarajevo with the three teams competing from the previous season and the return of HK Ilidža 2010. [7] The 2011–12 season was reduced to three teams after HK Bosna left the league. [3]

TeamCityHome stadiumFoundedJoinedNotes
HK Alfa Novo Sarajevo Olympic Hall Zetra 20032009Played under the name of HK Medvjedi for the 2011–12 season.
HK Ajkule Ilidža 2010 Ilidža Olympic Hall Zetra 2002Did not compete in the 2009–10 season.
Formally known as HK Ilidža 2010.
HK Stari Grad Stari Grad, Sarajevo Olympic Hall Zetra 20022009Played under the name of HK Vukovi for the 2011–12 season.
Blue Bulls Sarajevo (U20) Sarajevo Olympic Hall Zetra 2013Team is made up of players between 16 & 19 who train in the representation stream.

Former teams

TeamCityFoundedNotes
HK Bosna Centar, Sarajevo 1980Joined in 2002 and competed in all three seasons up until 2011.
Left the league before the start of the 2011–12 season to compete in the Open Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
HK Jahorina Pale 2002Competed only in the 2002–03 season before folding.
HK Šampion Sarajevo 2002Competed only in the 2002–03 season before folding.

Seasons and champions

Logo used during the 2009-10 season BiHHokejLigaLogo.jpg
Logo used during the 2009–10 season

Championships

ClubTitlesYears Won
HK Stari Grad
3
2010, 2013, 2014
HK Bosna
2
2003, 2011
HK Ajkule Ilidža 2010
2
2012, 2016
Blue Bulls Sarajevo
1
2015

See also

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