Norwegian Ice Hockey Association

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Norwegian Ice Hockey Association logo.svg
Association name Norges Ishockeyforbund
IIHF membership January 20, 1935
President Ole Jakob Libæk
IIHF men's ranking 12
IIHF women's ranking 14

The Norwegian Ice Hockey Association, or Norges Ishockeyforbund (NIHF) in Norwegian, is the governing body of all ice hockey, sledge hockey and in-line hockey in Norway.

NIHF has its office at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo.

Current president is Mr. Ole Jakob Libæk, and current Secretary General is Mr. Jon Haukeland.

Current head coach of Team Norway is Mr. Roy Johansen who has coached the team since 2001[1] and signed a two-year contract extension[2] before the 2008 IIHF World Championships. Prior to the 2007/08 season former Team Norway and San Jose Sharks coach George Kingston was hired as the head coach of the NIHF's women's team.

The logo of the NIHF has a polar bear in its centre spot.


NIHF was founded September 18, 1934 and has been a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since January 20, 1935.[3]

The first President of the NIHF was Rolf Gjertsen[4] from the club Trygg. The first vice president was Ludvig Christiansen, also from Trygg. The ten teams that founded the NIHF were: Forward, Furuset, Gjøa, Hasle, Holmen, Strong, Trygg, NTHI, Trond and Trondheim.[5]

The first game was played at Furuset Stadion on January 4, 1935 between Gjøa and Furuset. Gjøa won 5–0.[6] The referee was Johan Narvestad.

Norway has competed eleven times in the Olympic games, but as of 2014 has yet to win a medal. Their best result was in 1972 when they finished in 8th place.

In the 1980 Winter Olympics, the team competed in the top division for the first time since 1952. They lost their first four games of the tournament against Czechoslovakia (11-0), West Germany (10-4), USA (5-1) and Sweden (7-1), before coming from behind to tie Romania (3-3) for a point in the standings.

Today, Norway competes in the top division for the World Championships.

NIHF Awards[edit]

The NIHF annually awards the Golden Puck award[7] to the best male Norwegian born hockey player. The similar award for women is the Valemon trophy, which has been awarded twice.

Players who have played 50 official games (Winter Olympic- and Olympic qualification games, as well as IIHF World Championship games) for Team Norway receive the Polar Bear Trophy from the NIHF.

Each year the NIHF hands out the His Rojal Majesty's Cup to the winner of the playoffs of the GET-ligaen, and the winning team becomes Norwegian Champions.[8]


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