For one week in July, the hockey world will unite in Finland as the International Ice Hockey Federation host its Hockey Development Camp in Vierumäki.
This year's camp is a return to focus on male hockey players after a successful female development camp in 2008. Over 400 participants from more than 50 nations will converge on Vierumäki for a week of learning, growing and friendship.
“Every year it's amazing to see how this camp evolves,” IIHF Sport Director Dave Fitzpatrick said. “The camp just continues to grow and envelop more areas of the hockey world.”
This year's most notable addition to the Development Camp is a referee camp, that will bring in more than 30 officials from developing nations to work on the Four Man System. The referees’ experience in Vierumäki is expected to act as a springboard for them to officiate upper-level IIHF events.
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