List of members of the International Ice Hockey Federation

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The current members of the IIHF. (Red indicates full members, blue indicates associate members, green indicates affiliate members and black indicates suspended members).

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 composed 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 2014, there are 73 members: 54 full members, 17 associate members and 2 affiliate members. Oman, which joined on May 24, 2014, are the newest members. In 2014, 46 members participated in the Men's World Championships and 36 participated in the Women's World Championships.

Members[edit]

IIHF World Ranking information is accurate as of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In the Teams column
Text in boldface indicates that that team participated in its corresponding event in 2012.
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 Members[edit]

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams Men's
Ranking
Women's
Ranking
Ref.
 Australia February 11, 1938 Ice Hockey Australia Don Rurak M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 34 27 [3]
 Austria[A] March 18, 1912 Austrian Ice Hockey Association Dieter Kalt M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 16 13 [4]
 Azerbaijan May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Federation of the Republic of Azerbaijan Vagif D. Mussayev · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [5]
 Belarus May 6, 1992 Belarus Ice Hockey Federation Evgeny Vorsin M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 15 [6]
 Belgium December 8, 1908 Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation Pascal Nuchelmans M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 36 31 [7]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina May 8, 2001 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ice Hockey Federation Haris Muhic M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [8]
 Bulgaria July 25, 1960 Bulgarian Ice Hockey Federation Krasimir Krastev M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 39 34 [9]
 Canada April 26, 1920 Hockey Canada Nicholson, BobBob Nicholson M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 3 1 [10]
 China July 25, 1963 Chinese Ice Hockey Association Wang Yitao M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 38 14 [11]
 Chinese Taipei September 1, 1983 Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey Federation Pai Wen-Jun M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [12]
 Croatia May 6, 1992 Croatian Ice Hockey Federation Nikola Švigir M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 30 25 [13]
 Czech Republic November 15, 1908[B] Czech Ice Hockey Association Tomáš Král M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 5 8 [14]
 Denmark April 27, 1946 Danmarks Ishockey Union Henrik Bach Nielsen M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 13 12 [15]
 Estonia February 17, 1935[D] Estonian Ice Hockey Association Priit Vilba M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 28 [16]
 Finland February 10, 1928 Finnish Ice Hockey Association Kalervo Kummola M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 2 4 [17]
 France October 20, 1908 French Ice Hockey Federation Luc Tardif M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 12 16 [18]
 Georgia May 8, 2009 Georgian Ice Hockey Federation Nugzar Paikidze M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 48 [19]
 Germany[C] September 19, 1909 German Ice Hockey Federation Uwe Harnos M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 11 7 [20]
 Great Britain November 19, 1908 Ice Hockey UK Eamon Convery M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 20 19 [21]
 Hong Kong April 30, 1983 Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association Siu Yin Yip M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline [22]
 Hungary January 24, 1927 Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation Ferenc Studniczky M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 19 21 [23]
 Iceland May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Iceland Vidar Gardarsson M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 35 30 [24]
 India April 27, 1989 Ice Hockey Association of India K. L. Kumar M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [24]
 Ireland September 26, 1996 Irish Ice Hockey Association William Fay M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 42 35 [25]
 Israel May 1, 1991 Ice Hockey Federation of Israel Sergei Matin M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 33 [26]
 Italy January 24, 1924 Federation of Italian Ice Sports Giancarlo Bolognini M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 18 20 [27]
 Japan[E] January 26, 1930 Japan Ice Hockey Federation Kenichi Chizuka M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 22 9 [28]
 Kazakhstan May 6, 1992 Kazakhstan Ice Hockey Federation Askar Mamin M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 17 15 [29]
 North Korea August 8, 1963 Ice Hockey Association of the DPR Korea Pak Song-Nam M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 45 29 [30]
 South Korea July 25, 1960 Korea Ice Hockey Association Park Kap-Chul M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 23 24 [31]
 Latvia February 22, 1931[D] Latvian Ice Hockey Federation Kirovs Lipmans M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 10 17 [32]
 Lithuania February 19, 1938[D] Lithuanian Ice Hockey Federation Petras Nauseda M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 26 [33]
 Luxembourg March 23, 1912 Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation Rene Ludovicy M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 43 [34]
 Mexico April 30, 1985 Mexico Ice Hockey Federation Joaquin de la Garma M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 32 [35]
 Mongolia May 15, 1999 Mongolian Ice Hockey Federation Sumiya Ganjargal M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 46 [36]
 Netherlands January 20, 1935 Ice Hockey Association of The Netherlands Joop Vullers M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 24 18 [37]
 New Zealand May 2, 1977 New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation Grant Hay M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 37 28 [38]
 Norway January 20, 1935 Norwegian Ice Hockey Association Ole-Jacob Libæk M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 9 11 [39]
 Poland January 11, 1926 Polish Ice Hockey Federation Zdzislaw Ingielewicz M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 25 23 [40]
 Romania January 24, 1924 Romanian Ice Hockey Federation Barna Tanczos M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 27 36 [41]
 Russia April 1, 1952[F] Ice Hockey Federation of Russia Tretiak, VladislavVladislav Tretiak M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 4 5 [42]
 Serbia January 1, 1939[G] Serbian Ice Hockey Association Nastas Andric M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 31 [43]
 Slovakia February 2, 1993 Slovak Ice Hockey Federation Juraj Siroky M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 8 10 [44]
 Slovenia May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia Matjaž Rakovec M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 14 22 [45]
 South Africa February 25, 1937 South African Ice Hockey Association Jerry Stevens M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 41 32 [46]
 Spain March 10, 1923 Spanish Ice Sports Federation Maria Teresa Samaranch M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 29 26 [47]
 Sweden March 23, 1912 Swedish Ice Hockey Association Christer Englund M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 1 6 [48]
  Switzerland November 23, 1908 Swiss Ice Hockey Association Philippe Gaydoul M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 7 3 [49]
 Thailand April 27, 1989 Ice Hockey Association of Thailand Phisan Xupravatti M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline [50]
 Turkey May 1, 1991 Turkish Ice Hockey Federation Akin Kilavuz M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 40 33 [51]
 Ukraine May 6, 1992 Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine Anatoliy Brezvin M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 21 [52]
 United States April 26, 1920 USA Hockey DeGregorio, RonRon DeGregorio M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 6 2 [53]

^ A. Austria was expelled from the IIHF in 1920, then re-admitted on January 24, 1924. It was again expelled in 1939 and re-admitted on April 27, 1946.[54]
^ B. 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]
^ C. Germany was expelled in 1920, then re-admitted on January 11, 1926. It was again expelled on April 27, 1946. West Germany and East Germany were admitted into the IIHF in 1951 and 1954, respectively. Following their reunification, Germany was re-admitted into the IIHF on October 3, 1990.[55]
^ D. In 1940, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were annexed by the Soviet Union. Their membership expired on April 27, 1946. The three nations were re-admitted into the IIHF on May 6, 1992.[56][57][58]
^ E. Japan was expelled from the IIHF on April 27, 1946, then re-admitted on March 10, 1951.[59]
^ F. The IIHF recognizes the Soviet Union, which joined in 1952, as the predecessor to Russia, which officially became a member in 1992.[42]
^ G. The IIHF recognizes Yugoslavia, which joined in 1939, as the predecessor to Serbia, which officially became a member on September 28, 2006.[43]

IIHF Associate Members[edit]

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams Men's
Ranking
Women's
Ranking
Ref.
 Andorra May 4, 1995 Andorran Federation of Ice Sports Imma Ribes Sagues · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [60]
 Argentina May 31, 1998 Argentine Association of Ice and In-Line Hockey Hector Iannicelli M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline [61]
 Brazil June 26, 1984 Brazilian Ice Sports Federation Eric L. Walther Maleson M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [62]
 Greece April 29, 1987 Hellenic Ice Sports Federation Christos Chatziathanassiou M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline 44 [63]
 Jamaica May 18, 2012 Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation Edmond L. Phillipps Jr. M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [64]
 Kuwait May 8, 2009 Kuwait Ice Hockey Association Fahad Hamad Al Ajmi M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [65]
 Kyrgyzstan May 14, 2011 Ice Hockey Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic Anvar Omorkanov M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [66]
 Liechtenstein October 4, 2001 Liechtenstein Ice Hockey Federation Michael Zanghellini M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [67]
 Macau May 12, 2005 Macau Ice Sports Federation Andrew Chan Chak Mo M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline [68]
 Macedonia October 4, 2001 Macedonian Ice Hockey Federation Nikola Tasev M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [69]
 Malaysia September 28, 2006 Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation Dato Lee Hwa Beng M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [70]
 Moldova May 21, 2008 National Ice Hockey Federation of Moldova Andrei Gargalic M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [71]
 Morocco May 22, 2010 Moroccan Ice Hockey Association Khalid, MriniMrini Khalid M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [72]
 Oman May 24, 2014 Oman Ice Sports Committee Al-Balushi, AnadAnad Al-Balushi M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [73]
 Portugal May 13, 1999 Federation of Portuguese Ice Sports José Pinheiro de Almeida M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [74]
 Qatar May 18, 2012 Qatar Ice Hockey Federation Khalil Al-Jabir M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [75]
 Singapore May 2, 1996 Singapore Ice Hockey Association James Kodrowski M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline [76]
 United Arab Emirates May 10, 2001 UAE Ice Hockey Association Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei M · M-U20 · M-U18 · W · W-U18 · inline 47 [77]

IIHF Affiliate Members[edit]

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams Ref.
 Chile September 22, 1999 National Association of Hockey on Ice and Inline Nicolas Gomez Bermeosolo · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [78]
 Namibia May 31, 1998 Namibia Ice and InLine Hockey Association Holger Mentzel · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [79]

Suspended members[edit]

Associate member Armenia was suspended indefinitely in May 2010 because the Armenian men's national team was using several ineligible players at the 2010 IIHF World Championship Division III tournament.[80]

Nation Date joined Organization President Teams Men's
Ranking
Women's
Ranking
Ref.
 Armenia September 22, 1999 Ice Hockey Federation of Armenia Hayk Jaghatspanyan M · M-U20 · M-U18 ·· W-U18 · inline [81]

Former IIHF Members[edit]

Nation Date joined IIHF Date left IIHF Reason
 Bohemia November 15, 1908[82] 1920[83] Membership rights transferred to the newly established Czechoslovakia
 Czechoslovakia 1920[83] December 31, 1992[84] Membership rights transferred to the Czech Republic
 East Germany June 9, 1954[55] October 3, 1990[55] Reunification of East and West Germany
 West Germany March 10, 1951[55] October 3, 1990[55] Reunification of East and West Germany, membership transferred to Germany
 Soviet Union April 1, 1952[42] May 6, 1992[85] Membership rights transferred to Russia
 Yugoslavia January 1, 1939[43] December 31, 1992[84] Membership rights transferred to Serbia after split of Yugoslavia

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "It all started in Paris, 1908". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Members". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Australia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Austria". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Azerbaijan". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Belarus". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Belgium". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Bosnia & Herzegovina". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bulgaria". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Canada". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  11. ^ "China". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Chinese Taipei". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Croatia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Czech Republic". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Denmark". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Estonia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Finland". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  18. ^ "France". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Georgia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Germany". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Great Britain". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  22. ^ "Hong Kong". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Hungary". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  24. ^ a b "Iceland". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Ireland". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Israel". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  27. ^ "Italy". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Japan". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  29. ^ "Kazakhstan". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  30. ^ "DPR Korea". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  31. ^ "Korea". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  32. ^ "Latvia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  33. ^ "Lithuania". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  34. ^ "Luxembourg". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  35. ^ "Mexico". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  36. ^ "Mongolia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  37. ^ "Netherlands". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  38. ^ "New Zealand". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  39. ^ "Norway". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  40. ^ "Poland". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  41. ^ "Romania". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  42. ^ a b c "Russia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  43. ^ a b c "Serbia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  44. ^ "Slovakia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  45. ^ "Slovenia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  46. ^ "South Africa". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  47. ^ "Spain". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  48. ^ "Sweden". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  49. ^ "Switzerland". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  50. ^ "Thailand". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  51. ^ "Turkey". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  52. ^ "Ukraine". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  53. ^ "United States". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  54. ^ Podnieks 2010, pp. 53–54
  55. ^ a b c d e Podnieks 2010, pp. 67–69
  56. ^ Podnieks 2010, p. 70
  57. ^ Podnieks 2010, p. 89
  58. ^ Podnieks 2010, p. 94
  59. ^ Podnieks 2010, pp. 92–93
  60. ^ "Andorra". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  61. ^ "Argentina". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  62. ^ "Brazil". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  63. ^ "Greece". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  64. ^ "Jamaica". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  65. ^ "Kuwait". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  66. ^ "Kyrgyzstan". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  67. ^ "Liechtenstein". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  68. ^ "Macau". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  69. ^ "Macedonia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  70. ^ "Malaysia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  71. ^ "IIHF Congress begins in Montreal". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 21, 2008. 
  72. ^ "Morocco". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  73. ^ "Oman". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  74. ^ "Portugal". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  75. ^ "Qatar". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  76. ^ "Singapore". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  77. ^ "United Arab Emirates". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  78. ^ "Chile". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  79. ^ "Namibia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  80. ^ "Welcome Morocco". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2010-05-22. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  81. ^ "Armenia". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  82. ^ "1908-1913". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  83. ^ a b "1914-1933". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  84. ^ a b "1990-today". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  85. ^ Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew (2008). "Story #42: Breakup of old Europe creates a new hockey world". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 

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