About the Congress
The General Congress is the IIHF's highest legislative body and makes decisions about the rules of the game and the statutes and bylaws. The General Congress, which is made up by representatives from all IIHF member national associations, elects the President and the Council.

With some exceptions, the General Congress is held every fourth year. The General Congress was held for the first time in 1975. Prior to that, the federation elected the president and the council at the Annual Congress that usually was held in conjunction with the IIHF World Championship.

The General Congress meets as follows: September 2012 and every fourth year thereafter.

The Semi-Annual Congress meets as follows: Every year in the autumn.

Notice of all regular Congresses will be given by the IIHF office not later than two months before such Congress together with the agenda. Relevant documents will be sent out at least one month before the Congress.

All full and associate member national associations in good standing, Council members and Council have the right to present written proposals to Congress.

A full member national association in good standing is entitled to one vote, respectively two votes if its national team has competed in three consecutive IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (Senior Men category; excluding qualification events) immediately preceding the Congress. A member of the Council is entitled to one vote except that for the elections of members to the Council and of the Audit Committee the members of the Council have no vote.

The 2012 IIHF Semi-Annual and General Congress is the first Congress ever organized in Asia, honouring IIHF Vice President Shoichi Tomita, who retires after serving 34 years on the IIHF Council.
 







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Jeff Vinnick / HHOF-IIHF Images, Martin Merk
Congress History

1stAnnualMay 15-16, 1908 Paris, France
2ndAnnualJanuary 23-24, 1909 Chamonix, France
3rdAnnualJanuary 9, 1910 Montreux, Switzerland
4thAnnualFebruary 16-17, 1911 Berlin, Germany
5thAnnualMarch 22-23, 1912 Brussels, Belgium
6thAnnualFebruary 22-23, 1913 St. Moritz, Switzerland
7thAnnual*February 25-26, 1914 Berlin, Germany
8thAnnualApril 26, 1920 Antwerp, Belgium
9thAnnualFebruary 15, 1922 St. Moritz, Switzerland
10thAnnualMarch 8-10, 1923 Antwerp, Belgium
11thAnnualJanuary 24, 1924 Chamonix, France
12thAnnualJanuary 6-7, 1925 Prague, Czechoslovakia
13thAnnualJanuary 11, 1926 Davos, Switzerland
14thAnnualJanuary 24, 1927 Vienna, Austria
15thAnnualFebruary 10, 1928 St. Moritz, Switzerland
16thAnnualJanuary 27-29, 1929 Budapest, Hungary
17thAnnualJanuary 26, 1930 Chamonix, France
18thAnnualFebruary 7-8, 1931 Krynica, Poland
19thAnnualMarch 13-15, 1932 Berlin, Germany
20thAnnualFebruary 17-21, 1933 Prague, Czechoslovakia
21stAnnualFebruary 3-11, 1934 Milan, Italy
22ndAnnualJanuary 18-20, 1935 Davos, Switzerland
23rdAnnualFebruary 5-6, 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
24thAnnualFebruary 17-25, 1937 London, Great Britain
25thAnnualFebruary 10-25, 1938 Prague, Czechoslovakia
26thAnnualFebruary 2-12 & March 5, 1939 Zurich, Switzerland
27thAnnualApril 27-28, 1946 Brussels, Belgium
28thCongress September 1, 1946 Zurich, Switzerland
29thAnnual February 14-23, 1947 Prague, Czechoslovakia
30thCongress September 6-7, 1947 Zurich, Switzerland
31stCongress January 28-February 8, 1948 St. Moritz, Switzerland
32ndAnnual July 23-25, 1948 Zurich, Switzerland
33rdAnnual February 11-20, 1949 Stockholm, Sweden
1stBi-Annual March 13-22, 1950 London, Great Britain
34thAnnual September 18-19, 1950 Paris, France
2ndBi-Annual March 9-17, 1951 Paris, France
35thAnnual August 25-28, 1951 Opatija, Yugoslavia
36thAnnual February 14-25, 1952 Oslo, Norway
37thAnnual March 7-15, 1953 Zurich, Switzerland
3rdBi-Annual February 26-March 7, 1954 Stockholm, Sweden
38thAnnual August 26-28, 1954 Stresa, Italy
39thAnnual February 27-March 5, 1955 Düsseldorf, West Germany
40thAnnual January 25-February 5, 1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
4thBi-Annual February 24-March 5, 1957 Moscow, Soviet Union
41stAnnual July 10-14, 1957 Vienna, Austria
42ndAnnual February 27-March 9, 1958 Oslo, Norway
43rdAnnual March 4-15, 1959 Prague, Czechoslovakia
5thBi-Annual February 18-28, 1960 Squaw Valley, California, USA
44thAnnual July 25-30, 1960 Rimini, Italy
45thAnnual March 6-10, 1961 Geneva, Switzerland
46thAnnual March 7-13, 1962 Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
6thBi-Annual March 6-17, 1963 Stockholm, Sweden
47thAnnual August 8-14, 1963 Montana, Switzerland
48thAnnual January 27-February 9, 1964 Innsbruck, Austria
49thAnnual March 2-14, 1965 Tampere, Finland
7thBi-Annual March 2-13, 1966 Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
50thAnnual August 30-September 4, 1966 Portschach, Austria
51stAnnual March 18-29, 1967 Vienna, Austria
52ndAnnual February 5-18, 1968 Grenoble, France
53rdAnnual March 15-30, 1969 Stockholm, Sweden
54thAnnual July 5-12, 1969 Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland
55thAnnual March 13-29, 1970 Stockholm, Sweden
56thAnnual March 18-April 1, 1971 Berne/Geneva, Switzerland
57thAnnual April 6-22, 1972 Prague, Czechoslovakia
8thBi-Annual June 28-July 4, 1972 Mamaia, Romania
58thAnnual March 30-April 15, 1973 Moscow, Soviet Union
59thAnnual April 6-19, 1974 Helsinki, Finland
60thAnnual* September 13-14, 1974 Füssen, Germany
61stAnnual July 18-26, 1975 Gstaad, Switzerland
62ndAnnual April 2-19, 1975 Munich,West Germany
9thBi-Annual April 7-25, 1976 Katowice, Poland
63rdAnnualOctober 29-30, 1976Paris, France
64thAnnualMay 2-4, 1977 Vienna, Austria
65thAnnualOctober 15-16, 1977Prague, Czechoslovakia
66thAnnualJuly 1-7, 1978 Sirmione, Italy
67thAnnualOctober 27-28, 1978Vienna, Austria
68thAnnualApril 22-26, 1979Moscow, Soviet Union
69thAnnualSeptember 21-22, 1979 The Hague, Netherlands
70thAnnual*+June 26-27, 1980 Stennungsund, Sweden
71stAnnualApril 23-25, 1981Gothenburg, Sweden
72ndSemi-AnnualOctober 29-31, 1981 Graz, Austria
73rdAnnualApril 26-28, 1982Helsinki, Finland
74thGeneralJune 14-19, 1982 Nice, France
75thSemi-AnnualSeptember 24-25, 1982Fussen, Germany
76thAnnualApril 29-30, 1983 Munich, West Germany
77thSemi-AnnualSeptember 29-October 1, 1983Interlaken, Switzerland
78thAnnual+June 26-30, 1984 Portschach, Austria
79thAnnualApril 27-30, 1985Prague, Czechoslovakia
80thSemi-AnnualSeptember 6-7, 1985St. Julian's, Malta
81stAnnualApril 22-25, 1986Moscow, Soviet Union
82ndSemi/General June 7-11, 1986 Colorado Springs, USA
83rdAnnualApril 27-29, 1987Vienna, Austria
84thSemi-AnnualOctober 1-3, 1987 Biarritz, Spain
85thAnnual+September 6-9, 1988 Palma de Mallorca, Spain
86thAnnualApril 26-27, 1989Stockholm, Sweden
87thSemi-AnnualSeptember 15-16, 1989Zurich, Switzerland
88thSemi-AnnualApril 28-May 1, 1990 Berne, Switzerland
89thGeneralJune 11-16, 1990 Saint Vincent, Italy
90thSemi-AnnualSeptember 5-7, 1990Alghero, Italy
91stAnnualApril 30-May 3, 1991 Turku, Finland
92ndSemi-AnnualSeptember 27-28, 1991Paris, France
93rdAnnualMay 6-9, 1992Prague, Czechoslovakia
94thSemi-AnnualSeptember 4-5, 1992Berlin, Germany
95thAnnualApril 28-May 1, 1993 Munich, Germany
96thSemi-AnnualSeptember 23-25, 1993Portoroz, Slovenia
97thAnnualMay 4-8, 1994Milan, Italy
98thGeneralJune 7-11, 1994 Venice, Italy
99thSemi-AnnualSeptember 29-October 1, 1994London, Great Britain
100thAnnualMay 3-6, 1995Stockholm, Sweden
101stSemi-AnnualSeptember 29-October 1, 1995Budapest, Hungary
102ndAnnualMay 1-3, 1996 Vienna, Austria
103rdSemi-AnnualSeptember 26-28, 1996Cannes, France
104thAnnualMay 10-14, 1997Helsinki, Finland
105thSemi-AnnualSeptember 25-27, 1997Vilamoura, Portugal
106thGeneral-AnnualJune 1-6, 1998 Lausanne, Switzerland
107thSemi-AnnualOctober 1-3, 1998 Toronto, Canada
108thAnnualMay 13-16, 1999Lillehammer, Norway
109thSemi-AnnualSeptember 22-26, 1999Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
110thAnnualMay 11-14, 2000St. Petersburg, Russia
111thSemi-AnnualSeptember 7-9, 2000Palma de Mallorca, Spain
112thAnnualMay 10-12, 2001Hanover, Germany
113thSemi-AnnualOctober 4-6, 2001 Malmö, Sweden
114thAnnualMay 8-11, 2002 Gothenburg, Sweden
115thSemi-AnnualSeptember 12-14, 2002Taormina, Italy
116thGeneral-AnnualJune 1-8, 2003 Marbella, Spain
117thSemi-AnnualSeptember 18-20, 2003Hersonissos, Greece
118thAnnualMay 6-8, 2004Prague, Czech Republic
119thSemi-AnnualSeptember 30-October 2, 2004Belek, Turkey
120thAnnualMay 12-14, 2005Vienna, Austria
121stSemi-AnnualSeptember 15-17, 2005Vilamoura, Portugal
122ndAnnualMay 17-19, 2006Riga, Latvia
123rdSemi-AnnualSeptember 28-30, 2006Athens, Greece
124thAnnualMay 31, 2007 Moscow, Russia
125thSemi-AnnualSeptember 20-22, 2007Vancouver, Canada
126thAnnualMay 22-24, 2008Montreal, Canada
127thSemi-AnnualSeptember 25-27, 2008Montreux, Switzerland
128thAnnualMay 7-9, 2009Berne, Switzerland
129thSemi-AnnualSeptember 17-19, 2009La Marsa, Tunisia
130thAnnualMay 20-23, 2010Cologne, Germany
131stSemi-AnnualSeptember 16-18, 2010Portoroz, Slovenia
132ndAnnualMay 12-14, 2011Bratislava, Slovakia
133rdSemi-AnnualSeptember 22-24, 2011Istanbul, Turkey
134thAnnualMay 17-20, 2012Helsinki, Finland
135thGeneral-Semi September 24-30, 2012 Tokyo, Japan

* extraordinary congress as well as annual
+ annual and semi-annual congresses combined
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