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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) (French: Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace) is the worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurichmarker, Switzerlandmarker, and has 68 members. It is responsible for the management of international ice hockey tournaments, and maintains the IIHF World Ranking.

Despite its worldwide authority, the IIHF has little control of hockey in North America, where the National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest hockey organization. Its base of power rests in Europe with the respective national governing bodies and leagues. Canadamarker (Hockey Canada) and the United Statesmarker (USA Hockey) are the only members who have their own rulebooks.

Decisions of the IIHF can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerlandmarker.

The IIHF museum was located within the International Hockey Hall of Famemarker Museum located in Kingston, Ontariomarker from 1992 to 1997. After terminating the partnership with the International Hockey Hall of Fame, the IIHF signed an agreement with the NHL to house their museum within the Hockey Hall of Famemarker. In 1998, the IIHF museum relocated to Torontomarker, Ontariomarker, occupying over 3,500 square feet within the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The IIHF maintains the IIHF Hall of Fame. It was established in 1997, with 30 initial members, and has had inductions annually since then. The Hall of Fame includes players and builders.

As part of the centennial celebrations of the IIHF's founding, the 2008 IIHF World Championship were held in Canada, the perennial leaders of the sport. This was the first time the championships were hosted in Canada. Russia went on to win the 2008 Championship.


Name Years
Louis Magnus 1908–12
Henri van den Bulcke 1912–14
Peter Patton 1914
Louis Magnus 1914
Henri van den Bulcke 1914–20
Max Sillig 1920–22
Paul Loicq 1922–47
Fritz Kraatz 1947–48
George Hardy 1948–51
Fritz Kraatz 1951–54
Walter Brown 1954–57
John F. "Bunny" Ahearne 1957–60
Robert Lebel 1960–63
John F. "Bunny" Ahearne 1963–66
William Thayer Tutt 1966–69
John F. "Bunny" Ahearne 1969–75
Günther Sabetzki 1975–94
René Fasel 1994–present

See also

IIHF Headquarters in Zurich

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