Hockey in Brazil
In 1950, a rich German hockey player, Erwin Dietenhofer, moved to Brazil. He built Brazil’s first ice rink in an ice hall at a hotel in Petropolis. The first official game took place in 1967. Games were played there until the hotel closed in 1975. In 1978, Erwin Dietenhofer formed Confederacao Brasileira de Desportos Terrestres (Brazil Ice Sport Union) and Brazil Hockey. He was the first president of both organizations. Brazil joined the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1984. While Brazil doesn’t compete in international tournaments today, it does participate in inline competitions.