Brief History of International Ice Hockey Federation
History of international Ice Hockey Federation takes us back 1908, when it was founded on May 15 at 34 Rue de Provence in Paris, France. The founding members of the organization were representatives from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Bohemia. The first congress was held in Paris a year later, followed by another one during the same year in Chamonix, France. Read on to know more about the history of international Ice Hockey Federation.
At present the Federation has 51 full members: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, DPR Korea, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and United States.
These full members have a national body dedicated to the Ice Hockey sport, and take part annually in the international championships. Only the full members have voting rights, as the history of international Ice Hockey Federation.
In addition, there are 16 associate members and 3 affiliate members. But these associate members either do not have a national body committed to the sport, or do not participate in the international championships often. They are Andorra, Armenia, Brazil, Georgia, Greece, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, Portugal, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.
Affiliate members participate only in the inline championships. They are Argentina, Chile and Namibia. We hope you found the above brief history of international Ice Hockey Federation both useful and informative.