Since the early 2000’s, Georgia began to secure positions in winter sports by actively organizing top-level, international competitions. This means that upcoming Georgian athletes can dominate sports on the global realm, including the Olympics.
For many years, talented young men from Georgia have invested their time, energy, and livelihoods into hockey. The National Ice Hockey Federation of Georgia, with the support of the World Hockey Group, has recently decided to create a Georgia Selects team from the 2007-2009 age group. This team will compete in the highest level of international competitions and will be represented at the European Youth Olympic Games in Georgia in 2025.
The current head coach of the Georgian National Team, Roland Svanidze, has stated in an interview with an American Publication that by “going on the ice as one team against the best peers on the planet, our boys will rapidly improve not only their individual skills, but also their team interactions. Thus, in a few years, through following the example of the Finland Selects and the Sweden Selects, we will bring up a strong core of the main national team”. This showcases Svanidze’s approval of the Georgia Selects team, its importance for Georgian sports, and his position as head coach and curator of the youth team.
Vladimir Provorov, -the father and coach of Philadelphia Flyers NHL player Ivan Provorov, - will help Svanidze as an assistant.
Vadim Velmakin, who has successfully engaged in vast experiences of work for hockey in multiple countries, has been appointed the General Manager of the Georgia Selects. Velmakin has lived in Georgia for a long time and knows the history, traditions and mentality of our people well. His youngest son was born in Tbilisi.
The Georgia Selects team will take on their first international tournament in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic at the European Summer Hockey Festival
in July 2022. Let's follow our Georgia Selects team and support our future champions! We will provide detailed photo and video reports of the games at this tournament and are extremely proud of this historical achievement for Georgia and its forward mobility in Ice Hockey.