Bulbul the first sport athlete, who implemented in Kazakhstan movement on engaging girls to hockey sport, which is unusual as hockey has been considered as sport for men only. Bulbul as a role model for the girls in Kazakhstan, empower girls to be strong, self-confident, educated, and strive to achieve the goals”

Bulbul Kartanbay has played ice hockey for more than thirteen years. She was born in Kazakhstan, and in 2019 became the first Kazakh athlete to play for the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) when she signed with the Metropolitan Riveters. She has also played for the Kazakhstan Women’s League, the Southern Alberta Women’s Hockey Association in Canada, and competed in five World Championships. When she’s not on the ice, Bulbul is a model and owns her own business, Omnomnom Eco Bakery, selling cookies that are healthy, vegan, gluten- and sugar-free. In 2020, Bulbul became one of the head coaches for the Princeton Tiger Lilies high school women’s team. Bulbul also has her own Brand & Merches “Support Female Athletes”. She is also a member of PWHPA (Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association). September 2020 she was invited to play in the UWHL. Bulbul was invited/involved as a coach & mentor for the summer camp for Female Ice Hockey Players in Czech Republic in July 2021.

Work Experience

Head Coach — 2020
Princeton Tiger Lilies Ice Hockey Club, New Jersey, USA

Head Coach Assistant — 2019 – 2020
Westfield High School, New Jersey, USA

Hockey Coach — 2019
ReadReact Hockey, Minnesota, USA

Hockey Instructor — 2018 – 2019
Private lessons, Calgary, Alberta

Hockey Instructor — 2018
Hockey Room, Astana, Kazakhstan

Personal Assistant — 2018
Zamandas Center for Child Development, Astana, Kazakhstan

Human Resources Manager — 2016 – 2017
Omnomnom Designer Cookie Studio, Astana, Kazakhstan

Director and Marketing Specialist — 2015
Omnomnom Designer Cookie Studio, Astana, Kazakhstan


International Information Technology University, Almaty, Kazakhstan — 2014

  • Tourism and Hotel Business 

Obtained High School Diploma in 2009


  • Hockey instruction and coaching 
  • Event management 
  • Recruitment 
  • Human Resources 
  • Advertising 
  • Social Media 
  • Mentorship to young kids 
  • Discipline 
  • Team player 
  • Energetic 
  • Responsible 
  • Computer proficient 
  • Quick learner 
  • Entrepreneurship skills 
  • Coaching experience 
  • Efficient 
  • Communicative 
  • Leadership

Big step forward for Bulbul was a Charity Hockey Tournament by Kartanbay dedicated for International Women’s Day

Right now Bulbul is working on a creating a Hockey Community for young Girls in capital city of Kazakhstan.

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