Virtual meeting with membership

IIHF

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) held a virtual information session with its membership on Tuesday.

After a welcome by IIHF President René Fasel, IIHF General Secretary Horst Lichtner talked about the operational work conducted by the IIHF during the last months, including:

  • The creation of an Event Tracker with live updated status changes for the events on a daily basis
  • COVID-19 Expert Group with members from different areas to discuss the status of events
  • Latest updates from the summer IIHF Council meetings
  • A risk analysis and situational report from the IIHF Finance Committee 

“We have on one hand a financial challenge and are on the other hand still living with the COVID-19 situation. Many countries have restrictions, some even local lockdowns. And the specialists say that the situation can become even more difficult in the upcoming months. And as you know we also have some political challenges with the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship since the presidential elections in Belarus and we really hope that the situation will improve in the upcoming months,” Fasel said.

“We will play the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in a bubble without spectators and are working very closely with Hockey Canada to be able to play this championship without any problems. The NHL had very successful Stanley Cup playoffs in Edmonton and Toronto,” he added and congratulated the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the Cup last night.

Earlier this month the IIHF had to cancel all other tournaments that were scheduled between September and February due to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures against it in most of the countries including restrictions in travel and event organization.

An exception was the Olympic Qualification for women’s ice hockey in Beijing 2022 where the tournaments have not been cancelled but postponed with the new dates to be determined.

Franz Reindl explained the situation after a meeting of the Competition & Coordination Committee.

“We have to find new dates to play and we were asked to review all the possibilities,” Reindl said. “We want a sportive solution. To just go by the IIHF Women’s World Ranking would be the last possible solution.”

Pushing a big red button, Fasel ceremonially launched the IIHF Development Hub on IIHF.com where over 100 people worked on a new online development project designed to help the IIHF member national associations with nearly all aspects of program development. “It is a set of resources for our Member National Associations but also clubs, coaches, players, parents and many more,” IIHF Sport Director Christian Hofstetter said when explaining the project to the membership.

The main areas are the Player Development Guide, which includes the Drill Hub with over 500 drills illustrated in graphics and videos, Player Recruitment, Learn to Play, Coaching and Development Programs. IIHF Membership Development Manager Aku Nieminen guided the membership through some pages but just have a tour yourself. You can access the IIHF Development Hub through the menu or by entering development.iihf.com.

The original article can be found here

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.

Courses

Legal Advisors


Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2021. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.