The Hockey Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the governing body of ice hockey in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is responsible for the Bosnia and Herzegovina Hockey League (BHL) and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national ice hockey team. The IHFBH is Member of the International Icehockey Federation since May 10, 2001.

Icehockey exists in Bosnia since 1957, Hockey in Bosnia at that time was a part of the former republic Yugoslavia. Since 1980, the Bosnian club “HK Bosnia” participated in the Yugoslavia hockey league, as the only Ice hockey team in BiH at that time. Soon after the 1984 Olympics HK Bosna played in the top division of Yugoslavia between 1985 and 1988, pulling in crowds of 5,000 to 6,000 during its heydays.

But just over eight years after Sarajevo so successfully had hosted the Winter Olympics, the arena Zetra and ice hockey in the city were in ruins as the ravages of war were taking its toll on Sarajevo following the break-up of Yugoslavia.

After Bosnia separated from the former republic of Yugoslavia as an independent country IHFBH was established in 1993 as the Ice hockey Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the war, with just one Ice hockey club. After the end of the war IHFBH started very slowly due to a bad economic situation.

But thanks to Bosnian determination and a helping hand from international aid, the arena Zetra was rebuilt in 1999 and later named in honour of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following his death in 2010.

IHFBH started to build a new generation of Ice hockey players and new clubs to form a Bosnia and Herzegovina Ice hockey league (BHL). BHL have played for four years with four clubs. 

Almost six years have passed since Bosnia & Herzegovina's national team last played in a qualification tournament for the 2008 IIHF World Championship Division III, losing out to Greece on home ice in Sarajevo. For years its development has been hindered either by financial hardship or adverse weather conditions as heavy snowfall made the roofs cave in on the city rinks in both 2007 and 2012. But as this season sees the sport make its return to the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch and with one of the four participating teams taking part in the domestic championship solely made up of young prospects.

In the season 2013/2014 Sarajevo was the host-city for to championship games of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (10.01. Ljubljana against Villach and 12.01. Ljubljana against Klagenfurt). As a potential candidate for joining the European Union in the near future the icehockey federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to take this opportiunity of the European Rookie CUP to present itself to the european icehockey family.

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