After a four-round vote to replace IIHF President René Fasel after a 27-year term, Luc Tardif Sr. today was voted in as new President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, following stints as IIHF Treasurer and President of the French Ice Hockey Federation.
Tardif, a dual French-Canadian citizen, becomes the fourteenth IIHF President in history, and only the second to hail from France, after inaugural President Louis Magnus, who served from 1908-12 and in 1914. He has served on the IIHF Council since 2012, and defeated German Franz Reindl 67-39 in the fourth and final vote to win the Presidency at the close of the IIHF Congress in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He will serve for a minimum five year term until 2026, with Czech Petr Bříza serving as his senior Vice President.
Tardif replaces Swiss native Fasel, who previously served as IIHF President since 1994, and was named an honourary Life President following the vote. He was also granted immediate entry into the IIHF Hall of Fame, representing the only member of the Class of 2021, as the 2020 class has been postponed in being inducted due to pandemic restrictions. Fasel, who was inducted by Igor Larionov in a special ceremony in Saint Petersburg, oversaw the expansion of both the men’s and women’s World Championships, the entry of NHL players and women’s hockey to the Olympics, and the introduction of Under-18 tournaments at the international level. The 2020 class will be formally inducted next May at the 2022 World Championships in Finland.
Our congratulations go out to Tardif, Fasel, and the entire IIHF Congress on their new appointments.