In the 1970's ice hockey was played around the Pampas mountains. Mainly European emigrants played the game. In 1981 the first indoor rink opened in the capital of Buenos Aires and recreational hockey was played there, but not much happened on the hockey front for the rest of the 1980's and most of the 90's.
But in 1996 and 1997 new enthusiasts took on the challenge to put Argentina on the hockey map again. In 1998 Argentina became an IIHF member for the first time.
Now inline hockey is much more popular than ice hockey and their membership is
mainly due to the increased inline activities.