IHLC Team Profiles – Belgium

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belgium-11 BELGIUM (BEL) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team
4 wins, 2 reigns, 4 games with IHLC – ranked 15th
IHLC last held March 6, 1909

Belgium made history in Brussels on March 4, 1905 when club squad FBP Brussels defeated CP Paris, representing France, to win the first ever international ice hockey game, becoming the first ever International Hockey Lineal Champions in the process. Belgium was active in competing for the IHLC regularly throughout the first quarter century, and hosted the first ever Olympic hockey tournament at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, but following the outbreak of World War II, largely dropped from international competition, only recently moving its way up to Division II of the World Championships.

IHLC GAMES
Total IHLC Games Played: 16
First IHLC Game:
 3-0 win vs. france-11 FRA, Mar. 4, 1905
First IHLC Win: 3-0 win vs. france-11 FRA, Mar. 4, 1905
Latest IHLC Game: 20-1 loss vs. switzerland-11 SUI, Feb. 3, 1934
Latest IHLC Win: 3-1 win vs. germany1905to18-11 GER, Mar. 5, 1909
Largest IHLC Victory: 10-1 win vs. britain-11 GBR, Feb. 17, 1909
Largest IHLC Defeat: 20-1 loss (2 times, latest vs. switzerland-11 SUI, Feb. 3, 1934)
Longest IHLC Undefeated Streak: 2 games (2 times, latest Feb. 17 – Mar. 5, 1909)

IHLC HOSTING
IHLC Games Hosted: 
18
First Game Hosted: belgium-11 BEL 3-0 FRA france-11, Mar. 4, 1905 (Brussels)
Latest Game Hosted: canada1910thru20-1 
CAN 12-1 SWE sweden-11, Apr. 26, 1920 (Antwerp)
Major Tournaments Hosted: Olympic Games (1: 1920)

MAJOR TOURNAMENT RECORDS
Best IIHF World Championship Result: 7th (3: 1920, 1924, 1950)
Best Olympic Games Result: 7th (2: 1920, 1924)
Best Canada/World Cup Result: n/a

COMPETITIVE IHLC RECORDS
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CANADA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 1 tie
france-11 FRANCE: 2 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties
germany1905to18-11 GERMANY: 1 win, 2 losses, 0 ties
britain-11 GREAT BRITAIN: 1 win, 0 losses, 1 tie
switzerland-11 SWITZERLAND: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties

COMPLETE IHLC HISTORY
01. belgium-11 BEL 3-0 FRA france-11 – 03/04/1905 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
02. belgium-11 BEL 4-2 FRA france-11 – 03/05/1905 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
03. france-11 FRA 20-1 BEL belgium-11 – 03/17/1906 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
04. france-11 FRA 18-2 BEL belgium-11 – 03/18/1906 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
05. france-11 FRA 11-3 BEL belgium-11 – 03/21/1906 – EX – Paris france-11
06. belgium-11 BEL 10-1 GBR britain-11 – 02/17/1909 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
07. belgium-11 BEL 3-1 GER germany1905to18-11 – 03/05/1909 – BT – Berlin germany1905to18-11
08. germany1905to18-11 GER 5-3 BEL belgium-11 (OT) – 03/06/1909 – BT – Berlin germany1905to18-11
09. germany1905to18-11 GER 4-2 BEL belgium-11 – 03/28/1909 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
10. britain-11 GBR 1-1 BEL belgium-11 – 01/10/1910 – EC – Les Avants switzerland-11
11. france-11 FRA 8-1 BEL belgium-11 – 03/19/1910 – CCL – Brussels belgium-11
12. france-11 FRA 3-2 BEL belgium-11 – 12/16/1910 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
13. canada1910thru20-1 CAN 7-5 BEL belgium-11 – 12/22/1911 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
14. france-11 FRA 7-2 BEL belgium-11 – 03/20/1912 – EX – Brussels belgium-11
15. canada1910thru20-1 CAN 5-5 BEL belgium-11 – 03/23/1912 – LC – Brussels belgium-11
16. switzerland-11 SUI 20-1 BEL belgium-11 – 02/03/1934 – WC – Milan italy-11

Photo Credit: Catherine Kõrtsmik – IIHF – HHOF – IOC

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