ZURICH – The Skills Challenge is well underway worldwide. So far more than 2750 players and 44 countries are taking part. Make sure you do not miss out with your team.
One of the most committed countries is Austria where the final tournament is scheduled this week as in most countries. "The idea of the Skills Challenge is great,” said Harald Springfeld, sports manager of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association. "I like the idea that all national associations can utilise the global Skills Challenge database for their own national development and youth programs. This will greatly help us to compare our tests results and development programs world wide to other nations."
Kids born 1993 or earlier are eligible for the Skills Challenge. The interest is big especially in Canada, host nation of the 2008 World Championship. Regional contests were played to select the challengers of the tournaments on a provincial level. The World Championship’s main venue, the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, will also host the Hockey Canada’s final tournament prior to the IIHF Skills Challenge May 1-5 at the same venue with the two most-skilled kids of each of the 44 countries.Visit the IIHF Skills Challenge Website to learn how to do the test and take part in the competition.