Frank Gonzalez Close Biography
Frank Gonzalez was born on November 14, 1955 in Barcelona, Spain. He played juvenile hockey in North York, Ontario, Canada in the early 70s and went on play on Junior B level for the Preston Raiders in Ontario, Canada.
He returned to his native Spain in the mid-70s and joined the ice hockey program of the world famous FC Barcelona. Gonzalez won several Spanish national championships with Casco-Viejo and later with C.G. Puigcerda. After representing Spain in several IIHF World Championships in the 70s and 80s, Gonzalez went into officiating and refereed his last IIHF World Championship (U18, Pool C in Sofia, Bulgaria) in 1991.
He later served as referee supervisor in many IIHF championships, the last time in Majadahonda, Spain in 2001. He has served as the Spanish delegate to IIHF congresses since 1991, and was a member of the IIHF World Championship Structure Committee 1998 – 2002. He has been on the IIHF Council since 2003, and was most recently re-elected to the Council in 2012 during the General Congress in Tokyo, Japan.
Within Spain Gonzalez was the Vice President of the Spanish Ice Sports Federation (FEDH) before being elected President of the organization in 2014.