MONTREAL – The International Ice Hockey Federation General Congress started with flourish as the new IIHF Council was elected for a four-year term (2008-2012). The 11-member council includes three newcomers and eight veterans. Two additional female members will be added at the Semi-Annual Congress in September to bring the total number of council members to 13.
Returning for a fourth term as IIHF President is René Fasel, who ran uncontested for the position. Fasel has been IIHF President since 1994 and in that time has been largely influential in the growth of the game especially within the Olympic movement. Fasel received a standing ovation from the Congress after his next term was confirmed.
Three Vice Presidents were also elected by the General Congress. The three positions were also uncontested. Shoichi Tomita (JPN) was named the Vice President of Asia for a fourth term and like Fasel, has been in the position since 1994. Kalervo Kummola (FIN) was elected the Vice President for Europe. Kummola has been a member of the IIHF Council since 1998 and begins his second term as a Vice President. Rounding out the group of Vice Presidents is Murray Costello (CAN). Costello is a newcomer as a Vice President of the Americas after filling the position vacated by the retirement of Walter Bush Jr. Costello is an experienced member of the council having served since 1998.
The Congress also elected seven council members. In total, 11 individuals ran for the vacant council positions. The Congress elected three newcomers and re-elected four veterans as council members. The newcomers are Russian Alexander Medvedev, American Tony Rossi and Swede Christer Englund. Medvedev is the Chairman of Russian team SKA St. Petersburg and Deputy Chairman the Gazprom oil group in Russia. Rossi is currently a Vice President of USA Hockey. Englund rounds out the group of newcomers and has served as the Chairman of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association since 2004.
Coming back for a fourth term as a council member is Frederick Meredith (Great Britain) who has served on the council since 1994. Joining Meredith are several council members who will begin their second terms after being re-elected. The group of two-term members includes Ernest Aljancic (Slovenia), Frank Gonzalez (Spain) and Juraj Siroky (Slovakia).
IIHF Council 2008-2012
President: René Fasel (SUI)
Vice President Asia Oceana: Shoichi Tomita (JPN)
Vice President Europe: Kalervo Kummola (FIN)
Vice President Americas: Murray Costello (CAN)
Council Member: Ernest Aljancic (SLO)
Council Member: Christer Englund (SWE)
Council Member: Frank Gonzalez (ESP)
Council Member: Alexander Medvedev (RUS)
Council Member: Frederick Meredith (GBR)
Council Member: Tony Rossi (USA)
Council Member: Juraj Siroky (SVK)
Auditors: Johnny Baumann (SUI); Hans Dobida (AUT); Kai Hietarinta (FIN)
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