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March 25 : Greek Independence day ! 

Greek Independence Day
, national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God.

Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1453. The Greek revolt was precipitated on March 25, 1821, when Bishop Germanos of Patras raised the flag of revolution over the Monastery of Agia Lavra in the Peloponnese. The cry “Freedom or Death” became the motto of the revolution. The Greeks experienced early successes on the battlefield, including the capture of Athens in June 1822, but infighting ensued. By 1827 Athens and most of the Greek isles had been recaptured by the Turks.

Just as the revolution appeared to be on the verge of failure, Great Britain, France, and Russia intervened in the conflict. The Greek struggle had elicited strong sympathy in Europe, and many leading intellectuals had promoted the Greek cause, including the English poet Lord Byron. At the naval Battle of Navarino, the combined British, French, and Russian forces destroyed an Ottoman-Egyptian fleet. The revolution ended in 1829 when the Treaty of Edirne established an independent Greek state.

In celebration of Greek Independence Day, towns and villages throughout Greece hold a school flag parade, during which schoolchildren march in traditional Greek costumes and carry Greek flags. There is also an armed forces parade in Athens.


HBHA Greek Defenseman called up to Hartford Wolf Pack


JAN 28, 2017

Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has recalled defenseman Spiro Goulakos from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Goulakos, a 6-2, 185-pound second-year pro, is tied for the ECHL lead in goals among defensemen, with 11, and also has 14 assists for 25 points, plus a team-leading 53 penalty minutes, in 31 games with the Swamp Rabbits.  The 26-year-old Montreal native stands second among team defensemen in points, is tied for third overall on the squad in goals and is fourth in points.

Goulakos, who signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack August 22, 2016, split his rookie season between the Rochester Americans of the AHL and the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.  In ten games with the Americans, he had one goal and one assist for two points, along with four penalty minutes, and in 57 games with Elmira, he chalked up seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points, plus 103 PIM.  Those totals were good for tops among Jackal defensemen, and fourth overall on the team, in assists and second among team blueliners in points.  Also, Goulakos’ +12 rating was the best among team defensemen and ranked third overall on the squad.

Prior to turning pro, Goulakos played four seasons at Colgate University (ECAC), amassing career totals of 22 goals and 49 assists for 71 points, plus 176 PIM.

The Hellenic Ball Hockey Association is extremely proud of Spiro and his accomplishments so far. He is a very driven young man with a good head on his shoulders. He has worked very hard to get to where he is and keeps pushing to achieve his ultimate goal.

Spiro is a very versatile player and also a very good ball hockey player. The solid defenseman and was selected to the Mens Greek Ball hockey team for the upcoming World Ball Hockey Championships which will take place this June 1-10 in Pardubice Czech Republic. "We are very happy to have him on our roster, he can be a real difference maker"  It will be the first time he will wear the National Greek Jersey and we are both excited.

Congrats Spiro !