Ernest Aljancic Sr. is generally regarded as the father of hockey in Slovenia/Yugoslavia.
Aljancic, who was born in 1916, introduced the game to his home town of Ljubljana in 1929. For the next 25 years he played the game, representing his country until 1957. He was also instrumental in building Ljubljana's first artificial ice rink.
The IIHF honoured Ernest Aljancic Sr. in 2002 by inducting him into their Hockey Hall of Fame.
Aljancic died on November 19th, 2006.