ZURICH – In a meeting chaired by IIHF President René Fasel, Europe’s main stakeholders in ice hockey met in Zurich on August 15 to determine the steps following the Hockey Forum that was held 12-14 June in Barcelona.
After verifying the main recommendations from the Barcelona meeting, the IIHF, the Member National Associations, Hockey Europe (association of leagues), Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and European Trophy (representing 32 clubs) identified these three issues as "areas of priority":
- Formation of a top Pan-European club competition
- Reforming the International Break events for national teams
- Creating a new governance structure with representation of leagues and clubs
The meeting agreed to put immediate focus on the issues of a European club competition and the International Breaks and decided to form working groups that were given a mandate to address these matters. A group working on new governance structures will be put together later.
"We took the important next step after the progress we made in Barcelona in June," said IIHF President René Fasel. "Now it is the task of the working groups to produce proposals that will be accepted by all stakeholders."
A Co-ordination Committee, which will oversee the working groups and which will determine the framework for their activities, was also established.
The Co-ordination Committee will be chaired by IIHF Vice-President Kalervo Kummola and will have representation by one person each from a Member National Association, Hockey Europe, KHL and European Trophy.
The composition of the Working Groups will be announced later. The meeting decided that the Working Groups will have until June 30, 2013 to produce detailed proposals about the formation of a European club competition as well as for the reforming of the International Break events.