International Ice Hockey Federation

International Ice Hockey Federation
Fédération internationale de hockey sur glace
Internationale Eishockey-Föderation
IIHF logo.svg
Formation15 May 1908; 111 years ago (1908-05-15)
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersZurich, Switzerland
76 members
Official language

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF; French: Fédération internationale de hockey sur glace; German: Internationale Eishockey-Föderation) is a worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and has 76 members. It manages international ice hockey tournaments and maintains the IIHF World Ranking.

Although the IIHF governs international competitions, the IIHF has no authority and very little influence[citation needed] on hockey in North America, where the rules of modern hockey were developed and where the National Hockey League (NHL) is the most influential hockey organization. Hockey Canada and USA Hockey federations have their own rulebooks, while non-North American federations usually follow the IIHF rules.

Decisions of the IIHF can be appealed through the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The IIHF maintains its own hall of fame for international ice hockey. The IIHF Hall of Fame was founded in 1997, and has been located within the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1998.


Map of the world with current members of the IIHF and candidates for accession to the IIHF. Red indicates full members, blue indicates associate members, green indicates affiliate members and gold indicates countries which are candidates for accession.
Name Years
France Louis Magnus 1908–12
Belgium Henri van den Bulcke 1912–14
France Louis Magnus 1914
United Kingdom Peter Patton 1914
Belgium Henri van den Bulcke 1914–20
Switzerland Max Sillig 1920–22
Belgium Paul Loicq 1922–47
Switzerland Fritz Kraatz 1947–48
Canada George Hardy 1948–51
Switzerland Fritz Kraatz 1951–54
United States Walter Brown 1954–57
United Kingdom Bunny Ahearne 1957–60
Canada Robert Lebel 1960–63
United Kingdom Bunny Ahearne 1963–66
United States William Thayer Tutt 1966–69
United Kingdom Bunny Ahearne 1969–75
Germany Günther Sabetzki 1975–94
Switzerland René Fasel 1994–present
Other Languages
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Міжнародная фэдэрацыя хакею на лёдзе
hrvatski: IIHF
polski: IIHF