René Fasel’s successor is known

Luc Tardif succeeds René Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for 27 years. The Frenchman was elected on Saturday.



Luc Tardif won the election in the fourth round, against the German Franz Reindl, by 67 votes to 39.


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Luc Tardif won the election in the fourth round, against the German Franz Reindl, by 67 votes to 39.

The end of an era. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has appointed its new president, Luc Tardif. The Frenchman becomes the fourteenth president of the entity, and thus succeeds the Fribourgeois René Fasel. The latter remained at the head of the international federation for 27 years.

A life strewn with ice

Canada is renowned for being the holy land of ice hockey, Luc Tardif played there during his youth.

The 68-year-old Franco-Canadian was also a professional player in Belgium and France, before becoming head of the French ice sports department. He then worked to separate ice hockey from the entity, so as to have a more rigorous and sport-oriented management. It is therefore quite logical that he became president of the French Ice Hockey Federation, born in 2006. His official ties with the IIHF began in 2008, when he became a member of the federation’s competition committee.

Luc Tardif won the election in the fourth round, against the German Franz Reindl, by 67 votes against 39. René Fasel had chosen not to run while three other candidates had tried their luck.

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