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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is the worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and maintains the international ice hockey rulebook, processes international player transfers, dictates officiating guidelines and is responsible for the management of international ice hockey tournaments. The IIHF was created on May 15, 1908, under the name (in French) Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace (LHG).[1] Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) were the founding members. The IIHF was comprised entirely of European teams until 1920, when Canada and the United States joined.

Under the IIHF, there are three levels for member organizations. The highest level, and the only one in which members can vote at IIHF Congresses, is IIHF Full Member. These nations have their own independent hockey association, and regularly participate in the various IIHF-sanctioned World Championships. IIHF Associate Members is the second level. These nations either do not have their own independent hockey association, or have one, but have limited participation in the World Championships. The third category, IIHF Affiliate Member, is for nations that only participate in the InLine Hockey World Championships.[2]

As of 2010, there are 69 members: 51 full members, 15 associate members and 3 affiliate members. Morocco, which joined on May 22, 2010, is the newest member. In 2010, 48 members participated in the Men's World Championships, and 20 participated in the Women's World Championships.


MembersEdit

IIHF World Ranking information is accurate as of 2010.
In the Teams column
Text in boldface indicates that that team participated in its corresponding event in 2010.
M Men's Ice Hockey World Championships
M-U20 World Under-20 Championships
M-U18 World Under-18 Championships
W World Women Championships
W-U18 World Women's Under-18 Championships
inline InLine Hockey World Championship

IIHF Full MembersEdit

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams Men's

Ranking

Women's

Ranking

Australia February 11, 1938 Ice Hockey Australia Don Rurak M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 34 25
Austria March 18, 1912 Austrian Ice Hockey Association Dieter Kalt M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 14 16
Azerbaijan May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Federation of the Republic of Azerbaijan Vagif D. Mussayev M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline _ _
Belarus May 6, 1992 Belarus Ice Hockey Federation Evgeny Vorsin M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 10 _
Belgium December 8, 1908 Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation Pascal Nuchelmans M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 36 26
Bosnia and Herzegovina May 8, 2001 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ice Hockey Federation Haris Muhic M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 48 _
Bulgaria July 25, 1960 Bulgarian Ice Hockey Federation Krasimir Krastev M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 31 24
Canada April 26, 1920 Hockey Canada Bob Nicholson M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 2 1
China July 25, 1963 Chinese Ice Hockey Association Wang Yitao M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 37 7
Chinese Taipei September 1, 1983 Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey Federation Wen-Jun Pai M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline _ _
Croatia May 6, 1992 Croatian Ice Hockey Federation Nikola Švigir M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 26 20
Czech Republic November 15, 1908[A] Czech Ice Hockey Association Tomáš Král M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 5 13
Denmark April 27, 1946 Danmarks Ishockey Union Henrik Bach Nielsen M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 13 22
Estonia February 17, 1935[B] Estonian Ice Hockey Association Priit Vilba M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 27 33
Finland February 10, 1928 Finnish Ice Hockey Association Kalervo Kummola M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 4 3
France October 20, 1908 French Ice Hockey Federation Luc Tardif M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 15 14
Germany September 19, 1909 German Ice Hockey Federation Uwe Harnos M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 9 11
Great Britain November 19, 1908 Ice Hockey UK Eamon Convery M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 23 18
Hong Kong April 30, 1983 Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association Siu Yin Yip M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline _ _
Hungary January 24, 1927 Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation Ferenc Studniczky M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 20 27
Iceland May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Iceland Vidar Gardarsson M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 38 29
India April 27, 1989 Ice Hockey Association of India K. L. Kumar M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Ireland September 26, 1996 Irish Ice Hockey Association William Fay M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 41
Israel May 1, 1991 Israel Ice Hockey Federation Sergei Matin M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 39
Italy January 24, 1924 Federazione Italiana Sport del Ghiaccio Giancarlo Bolognini M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 16 17
Japan January 26, 1930 Japan Ice Hockey Federation Kenichi Chizuka M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 21 9
Kazakhstan May 6, 1992 Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation Askar Mamin M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 17 8
Latvia February 22, 1931[B] Latvian Ice Hockey Federation Kirovs Lipmans M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 12 15
Lithuania February 19, 1938[B] Lithuanian Ice Hockey Federation Petras Nauseda M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 24
Luxembourg March 23, 1912 Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation Rene Ludovicy M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 44
Mexico April 30, 1985 Federacion Deportiva de Mexico de Hockey sobre Hielo Joaquin de la Garma M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 32
Mongolia May 15, 1999 Mongolian Ice Hockey Federation Sumiya Ganjargal M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 46
Netherlands January 20, 1935  Netherlands Ice Hockey Association Joop Vullers M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 25 23
New Zealand May 2, 1977 New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation Grant Hay M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 40 30
North Korea August 8, 1963 Ice Hockey Association of the DPR Korea Pak Song Nam M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 43 21
Norway January 20, 1935 Norwegian Ice Hockey Federation Ole-Jacob Libaek M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 11 12
Poland January 11, 1926 Polish Ice Hockey Federation Zdzislaw Ingielewicz M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 22
Romania January 24, 1924 Romanian Ice Hockey Federation Barna Tanczos M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 28 31
Russia January 1, 1952[C] Ice Hockey Federation of Russia Vladislav Tretiak M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 1 6
Serbia January 1, 1939[D] Serbian Ice Hockey Association Nastas Andric M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 29
Slovakia February 2, 1993 Slovak Ice Hockey Federation Juraj Siroky M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 8 10
Slovenia May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia Ernest Aljancic, Jr. M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 19 19
South Africa February 25, 1937 South African Ice Hockey Association Shane Marsh M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 42 32
South Korea July 25, 1960 Korea Ice Hockey Association Kap Chul Park M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 33 28
Spain March 10, 1923 Spanish Ice Sports Federation Maria Teresa Samaranch M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 30 99
Sweden March 23, 1912 Swedish Ice Hockey Association Christer Englund M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 3 4
Switzerland November 23, 1908 Swiss Ice Hockey Association Philippe Gaydoul M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 7 5
Thailand April 27, 1989 Ice Hockey Association of Thailand Phisan Xupravatti M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Turkey May 1, 1991 Turkish Ice Hockey Federation Akin Kilavuz M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 35 34
Ukraine May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine Anatoliy Brezvin M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 18
United States 1920 USA Hockey Ron DeGregorio M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 6 2

^ A. The IIHF recognizes Bohemia, which joined in 1908, and Czechoslovakia as the predecessors to the Czech Republic, which officially became a member in 1993.[14] ^ B. In 1940, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were annexed by the Soviet Union. The three nations re-joined the IIHF on May 1, 1991.[53] ^ C. The IIHF recognizes the Soviet Union, which joined in 1952, as the predecessor to Russia, which officially became a member in 1992.[40] ^ D. The IIHF recognizes Yugoslavia, which joined in 1939, as the predecessor to Serbia, which officially became a member in 2007.[41]

IIHF Associate MembersEdit

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams Men's

Ranking

Women's

Ranking

Andorra May 4 1995 Andorran Federation of Ice Sports Imma Ribes Sagues M M-U20 M-U18 W W-U18 Inline _
Brazil June 26, 1984 Brazilian Ice Sports Federation Eric Maleson M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Georgia May 8, 2009 Georgian Ice Hockey Federation Nugzar Paikidze M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Greece April 29, 1987 Hellenic Ice Sports Federation Christos Chatziathanassiou M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 45
Kuwait May 8, 2009 Kuwait Ice Hockey Association Fahad Hamad Al Ajmi M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Liechtenstein October 4, 2001 Liechtenstein Ice Hockey Federation Michael Zanghellini M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Macau May 12, 2005 Macau Ice Sports Federation Andrew Chan Chak Mo M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Macedonia October 4, 2001 Macedonian Ice Hockey Federation Nikola Tasev M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Malaysia September 28, 2006 Malaysia Ice Hockey Association Dato Lee Hwa Beng M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Moldova May 21, 2008 National Ice Hockey Federation of Moldova Andrei Gargalic M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Morocco May 22, 2010 Moroccan Ice Hockey Association Mrini Khalid M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Portugal May 13, 1999 Federation of Portuguese Ice Sports José Pinheiro de Almeida M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Singapore May 2, 1996 Skating Federation of Singapore James Kodrowski M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
United Arab Emirates May 10, 2001 UAE Ice Hockey Association Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 47

Suspended membersEdit

Associate member Armenia was suspended indefinitely in May 2010 because the Armenian men's team is suspected of using several ineligible at the 2010 World Championship Division III tournament.

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams Men's

Ranking

Women's

Ranking

Armenia September 22, 1999 Ice Hockey Federation of Armenia Hayk Jaghatspanyan M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 49

IIHF Affiliate MembersEdit

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams
Argentina May 31, 1998 Argentine Association of Ice and In-Line Hockey Hector Iannicelli M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Chile 2000 National Association of Hockey on Ice and Inline Nicolas Gomez Bermeosolo M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline
Namibia May 31, 1998 Namibia Ice and InLine Hockey Association Holger Mentzel M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline

Former IIHF MembersEdit

Nation Date joined IIHF Date left IIHF Reason
Bohemia November 15, 1908 1920 Membership rights transferred to the newly established Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia 1920 December 31, 1992 Membership rights transferred to the Czech Republic
East Germany 1956 1990 Reunification of East and West Germany
West Germany 1956 1990 Reunification of East and West Germany, membership transferred to Germany
Soviet Union January 1, 1952 May 6, 1992 Membership rights transferred to Russia

Yugoslavia

January 1, 1939 December 31, 1992 Membership rights transferred to Serbia after split of Yugoslavia

Serbia and Montenegro

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