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American Bandy Association

About ABA

The American Bandy Association is the governing body of the sport of bandy in the United States, and its representative in the International Bandy Federation. The board's objective is to sustain and improve the quality and scope of bandy in the United States. 
 
The A.B.A. is a 15-member board that meets up to six times per year. The executive board is: 
  • Chris Middlebrook, President
  • Magnus Sköld, Vice President
  • Chris Halden, League Commissioner
  • Kevin Bowen, Head of Referees
  • Todd Blackstone, Player Development
  • Neal Logan, Player Development

FIB RULES OF BANDY

FIB Bandy Playing Rules

Link to the Federation of International Bandy's Official Rules page


BANDY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

FIB Equipment Rules

Link to Federation of International Bandy's Equipment Requirements


What is Bandy?

Bandy is played on an ice surface the size of a soccer field. It is best described as field hockey on skates. Each team is made up of 11 players including a goalkeeper. 
 
The aim of Bandy is to score goals by hitting an orange or pink ball the approximate size of a tennis ball into the opposing team's net with a curved stick four feet in length. Depending on how the player strikes the ball with the stick, he or she can put a spin on the ball, making it curve, knuckle or dive. The ball has a cork center and a hard rubber cover.
 
The goal measures 7' x 11.5'. While the goalkeeper wears more padding than other players, he or she does not use a stick. Goalies are the only player allowed to use their hands to control the ball. Games consist of two 45 minute halves. A ten minute interval takes place at half-time when the teams change ends. Ties are broken with 15 minute overtime periods. The rules of bandy are very similar to the rules of soccer.
 
A variation on bandy is rink bandy. Rink bandy is played on a hockey rink with four skaters and a goalie. The rules are generally the same as those for regular bandy.

History of Bandy

Bandy was being played in northeast England in the mid 1800's. Bury Fen, England, is considered the home of modern bandy. Cave paintings in Egypt suggest that a game similar to bandy was being played there 4000 years ago. The word bandy is Welsh in origin and means "a curved stick". The National Bandy Association was established in England in 1891. The NBA was the first governing body of Bandy and the first to develop official rules for the game. Prior to the founding of the NBA teams established the rules before matches started. 
 
The first international Bandy match took place in 1891 between England's Bury Fen club and Haarlem of the Netherlands. Bandy was introduced to Sweden by a Bury Fen player in 1894. Bandy soon caught on throughout Europe. Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, and Norway all became active in bandy. Between the 1890's and 1955 no formal governing body for international Bandy existed.

This changed with the creation of the International Bandy Federation in 1955. From 1957-2001, the World Championships for Men were held every two years. That changed in 2003, when the World Championships became an annual tournament.

2004 was the first year for the Women's World Championships, with the Women's tournament currently played every two years.


USA Bandy Championships


Gunnar Cup Champion

1981 Minneapolis Bandolier 

1982 Minneapolis Bandolier 

1983 Minneapolis Bandolier 

1984 Bagheera Blades 

1985 Bagheera Blades 

1986 Jesco 

1987 Slice On Ice 

1988 Slice on Ice 

1989 TC Rats 

1990 Minnesota Reindeer 

1991 Minnesota Reindeer 

1992 Parkwood 

1993 Minnesota Reindeer 

1994 Minnetonka Dynamo 

1995 Minnesota Reindeer 

1996 Sirius Minnesota 

1997 Sirius Minnesota 

1998 Minnetonka Dynamo 

1999 Amur Tigers 

2000 Minnetonka Dynamo 

2001 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2002 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2003 Amur Tigers 

2004 Minnesota Blades 

2005 Minnesota Blades 

2006 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2007 Sirius Minnesota 

2008 Minnesota Blades 

2009 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2010 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2011 Minnesota Blades

2012 Minneapolis Bandolier

2013 Dynamo Duluth

2014 Minneapolis Bandolier


North American Cup Tournament Champion (Outdoor)

1985 OLS (Finland) 

1986 Bagheera Blades 

1987 Minneapolis Bandolier 

1988 Vesta (Finland) 

1989 Reindeer (Glasnost Version) 

1990 Reindeer 

1991 Reindeer 

1992 Stabek 

1993 Stabek 

1994 Stabek 

1995 Minnetonka Dynamo 

1996 Sirius Minnesota 

1997 Sirius Minnesota 

1998 Minneapolis Bandolier 

1999 Sirius Minnesota 

2000 Minnetonka Dynamo 

2001 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2002 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2003 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2004 NO TOURNAMENT (Weather) 

2005 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2006 Amur Tigers 

2007 Minnesota Blades 

2008 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2009 Minneapolis Bandolier 

2010 Twin City Ice Tigers

2011 Minneapolis Bandolier

2012 Minnesota Blades

2013 Minneapolis Bandolier

Cannon Cup Champion (Indoor Rink Bandy League)

1985 Twin City Rats 

1986 Twin City Rats 

1987 Twin City Rats 

1988 Minneapolis Bandolier 

1989 Minneapolis Bandolier 

1990 Parkwood 

1991 Reindeer 

1992 Minneapolis Bandolier

1993 Reindeer 

1994 Reindeer 

1995 Duluth 

1996 Duluth 

1997 Rowbikers 

1998 Uptown Comets

1999 Amur Tigers 

2000 Amur Tigers 

2001 Amur Tigers 

2002 Minnehaha Maulers

2003 Uptown Comets 

2004 Roseville Raiders 

2005 Gustie Bandits 

2006 Gustie Bandits 

2007 Gustie Bandits 

2008 Gustie Bandits 

2009 Brite Air Aviators

2010 Spanky's BC

2011 Sirius BK

2012 Sirius BK

2013 SLP Orioles

 

 

 


North American Cup Tournament Champion (Rink Bandy)

1987 Palokan Pyry (Finland)

1988 Vaasa (Finland)

1989 Minneapolis Bandolier

1990 Minneapolis Bandolier

1991 Parkwood

1992 Switch Its

1993 Parkwood

1994 Stabek

1995 Minnesota Reindeer

1996 Rowbike International

1997 Gunflint Lakers

1998 Amur Tigers

1999 Amur Tigers

2000 Amur Tigers

2001 Duluth

2002 Duluth

2003 Minnehaha Maulers

2004 Duluth

2005 Roseville Raiders

2006 Minnesota Blades

2007 Minneapolis Bandolier

2008 Minneapolis Bandolier

2009 Dynamo Duluth

2010 Minnesota Blades

2011 Minneapolis Bandolier

2012 Minnehaha Maulers

2013 Minnesota Blades

 

 


USA Bandy Milestones

1973: First discussions between the International Bandy Federation and the American Softball Association regarding sport exchange to help introduce Bandy into the United States.

 

December 1976: Bob Kojetin, Chairman of Edina Parks & Recreation, sponsors the first Bandy clinic in the U.S. in Edina, Minnesota.

 

December 1979: Bob Kojetin builds Lewis Park Bandy Rink in Edina, Minnesota and the first Bandy game in the U.S. occurs there between the Swedish Junior National Team and Swedish Elite Club Brobergs IF.

 

December 1980: Swedish instructor and Bandy Missionary Gunnar Fast arrives in Minneapolis to start the first U.S. Bandy League.

 

December 1980: First U.S. Bandy Club  "Bandolier" is formed.

 

Jan/Feb 1981: First U.S. Bandy League with 7 teams competing. Bandolier is first U.S. Champion.

 

February 1981: American Bandy Association is formed and becomes member of International Bandy Federation.

 

October 1981: U.S. Bandy Team travels to Sweden for first international competitions, playing 4 games against Swedish Elite Teams. Duane Pederson scores first U.S. goal in international competition.

 

December 1982: Second U.S. Bandy Rink built in Bloomington, Minnesota.

 

February 1983: Bandolier wins US Championship with 3rd consecutive undefeated season, 21-0 total record.

 

October 1983: 3 time U.S. Champion Bandolier becomes first U.S. team to compete in World Club Team Championships in Ljusdal Sweden. Chris Halden scores first U.S. goal in that tournament. First U.S. international victory as Bandolier beats Swedish club Åby/Tjureda IF 2-0. Bandolier then travel to Norway and in first U.S. National team match loses 6-1 to Norway. Michael Blessing scores first U.S. National Team goal. Three U.S. players remain in Sweden for the winter to play for Swedish teams, Chris Middlebrook, Jeff Johnson and Steve Swenson.

 

December 1983: Third U.S. Bandy Rink built in Roseville, Minnesota.

 

October 1984: U.S. Team Bagheera Blades takes 6 time defending Swedish Champion Boltic to the wire before losing 2-1 in World Club Team Championships in Ljusdal, Sweden.

 

December 1984: First North American Cup Bandy tournament played at all 3 Minnesota rinks with teams from Finland, Sweden, Norway and the U.S. competing. Finnish Champion OLS defeats Swedish club Essinge 4-2 in the Championship.

 

February 1985: U.S. National Team competes for the first time in Bandy World Championships held in Oslo, Norway. Dave Reichel scores first U.S. goal in World Championships.

 

June 1985: First Rink Bandy league formed in the U.S. by Tom Howard. T.C. Rats win first championship.

 

November 1985: Bagheera Blades become first U.S. team to play in Finland. Dave Reichel becomes first American to play for Swedish Elite Team when he joins Edsbyn.

 

March 1987: Minnesota Women's Bandy Federation is formed.

 

July 1987: First North American Rink Bandy Cup is played at Golden Valley Ice Arena. Palokan Pyry of Finland beats T.C. Rats 7-5 in the Championship.

 

November 1987: Karen Jamison becomes first American woman to play for Swedish Bandy Club when she plays for IK Göta of Stockholm.

 

February 1988: U.S. Bandy Team plays for first time in the Soviet Union, playing in Abakan, Siberia in the Russian Government Cup.

 

April 1988: U.S. Women's Bandy Team travels overseas for the first time, playing in rink Bandy tournament in Sweden.

 

October 1989: U.S. Women's Team wins first international game beating Holland in Women's World Rink Bandy Championships.

 

January 1990: The World Champion Soviet Union Bandy Team visits Minnesota playing 2 matches vs U.S. National Team and also playing in the Glasnost Cup.

 

March 1990: U.S. Men compete in Hungary for the first time.

 

December 1990: First youth program begins in the U.S. at Lewis Park in Edina.

 

March 1991: U.S. Men wins first B Pool World Championships in Finland.

 

March 1992: U.S. Women play internationally on the big ice for the first time at tournament in Ljusdal, Sweden.

 

February 1993: U.S. Men again win B Pool at World Championships in Hamar, Norway. Chris Middlebrook and Chris Halden become first Americans to play 100 international matches.

 

December 1993: First artificially refrigerated Bandy rink in USA opens, the John Rose Oval in Roseville, Minnesota.

 

February 1995: Magnus Sköld is Tournament Chairman, as Bandy World Championships are held for the first time ever in the USA, at the John Rose Oval.

 

October 1996: First U.S. youth team, led by Nancy Nelson, participates overseas in week long trip to Sweden.

 

November 1996: Rick Haney becomes first American to play for Norwegian Elite Bandy Club.

 

December 1997: First international Youth tournament held in the U.S. at the John Rose Oval.

 

February 1998: First U.S. Referee Team to referee international tournament as Rob Goldnick, Paul Meehl and John Hedenstrom referee the Asian/Pacific Cup in Chabarovsk, Russia.

 
January 1999: Steve Jecha, who had played in 4 previous World Championships as a fullback for the USA is the Goalkeeper for the USA in the  A Pool World Championships in Archangelsk, Russia.
 

August 2000: Nancy Nelson and Chris Middlebrook organize the first "American International Summer Bandy School" which debuts at Roseville Ice Arena.

 

March 2001: First U.S. Referee Team, Rob Goldnick, Paul Meehl and John Hedenstrom to referee in World Bandy Championships in Oulu, Finland.

 

November 2000 to January 2003: Bandolier go 33 games without a loss in U.S. Elite League.

 

March 2002: Rob Goldnick plays 5 games for U.S. National Team in Russian Government Cup in Archangelsk, and also referees 6 games in the same tournament.

 

March 2003: Chris Halden plays in his 200th international match during Bandy World Championships in Archangelsk, Russia.

 

February 2004: U.S. Women compete in inaugural Women's Bandy World Championships in Lappeenranta, Finland.

 

February 2006: U.S. hosts Women's Bandy World Championships at the John Rose Oval.

 

October 2006: USA boys team competes for first time in Russia. Defeats Moscow Dynamo U15 8-5 in first match.

 

February 2007: U.S. Women tie World Champion Sweden 0-0 in Bandy World Championships.

 

March 2012: Chris Middlebrook wins 14th and final U.S. Championship as a player for Bandolier.

 

July 2012: Ian Middlebrook becomes first American to live and train in Russia, with Russian Elite Team Vodnik.

 

October 2012: Emil Furcht becomes first American to play for Finnish Elite Bandy Club.

 

January 2014: Rick Haney, in his 18th World Championships, competes in 100th World Championship match, which was also his 200th international match.

 

February 2014: Jon Keseley scores 95 total goals in the 2013-14 season, playing for the Bandolier, and the U.S. National Team.