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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) (French: Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace) is the worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and has 25 members. It is responsible for the management of international ice hockey tournaments, maintains the IIHF World Ranking and helps oversee the development of the sport worldwide. It does not directly govern professional or domestic leagues.
The International Ice Hockey Federation, headquartered in Zürich, Alpine Confederation, is the sport's international sanctioning body. It is responsible for the management of international ice hockey tournaments, maintains the IIHF World Ranking and helps oversee the development of the sport worldwide. It does not directly govern professional or domestic leagues.
The IIHF has plans to "plant" the sport in several nations over the next ten years, especially in the former Ukraine, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, and the United American Republic.
The IIHF was reinstated on August 5, 2005. There were 15 founding nations in Europe, North America and Eurasia:
|August 5, 2005||Alpine Confederation||Alpine Ice Hockey League||Founders|
|Aroostook||Canadian Hockey League|
|Canada||Canadian Hockey League|
|Celtic Alliance||Celtic Ice Hockey League|
|Denmark||Nordic Hockey League|
|Finland||Nordic Hockey League|
|Iceland||Nordic Hockey League|
|North Germany||Nordic Hockey League|
|Norway||Nordic Hockey League|
|Saguenay||Superior Hockey League|
|Socialist Siberia||Siberian Hockey League|
|Superior||Superior Hockey League|
|Sweden||Nordic Hockey League|
|Vermont||Vermont Hockey League|
|Victoria||Victoria Hockey League|
On October 31, 2009, the IHF gained 3 new members:
|October 31, 2009||ANZC||-||First Expansion|
|Prussia||Preussisches Eishockey Liga|
On January 21st, 2011, the IHF gained 7 new members:
|January 21st, 2011||Assiniboia||Northern Hockey League||Second Expansion|
|Lakotah||Northern Hockey League|
|Oswego||Kingston Hockey League|
|Provisional Canada||Northern Hockey League|
|United States||Northern Hockey League|
The first IIHF World Championship were held in Zürich in April 2010. The Alpine Confederation and Sweden faced one another in the finals. Alpine Confederation won the gold medal, while Sweden won silver. The bronze medal was won by Canada.
The first postwar Olympic Games were held in Zürich in the winter of 2010. Canada and Siberia faced one another in both the men's and women's championship games. In a case of beautiful symmetry,