PARIS – Luc Tardif was confirmed as President of the French Ice Hockey Federation (FFHG) for a third consecutive term during the general assembly.
Tardif, who joined the IIHF Council in 2012 and was the French Olympic delegation’s chef de mission in Sochi 2014, has been the only President of the organization that was founded in 2006 to become a national body solely dedicated for ice hockey as it was recommended by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Tardif will serve a new term until 2018 that includes the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship that will be hosted in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France, and the French also aim to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
During Tardif’s tenure the French national team earned promotion to the top division, has stayed there for seven consecutive years and even reached the quarter-finals this year at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk. France also started to host more high-demand events including the French Cup Final that is played in front of 13,000 fans in Paris every year and the outdoor game last winter with a national record attendance of 19,967 in Grenoble.
One of the ongoing projects, the building of a national ice hockey centre in Cergy-Pontoise near Paris, will be completed during his new term in 2016 and will also become the headquarter of the French Ice Hockey Federation.