YOG Skills Challenge Results
by Martin Merk|31 OCT 2019
Argentina’s National Skills Challenge took place at the international-size outdoor rink in Ushuaia with Ruben Junior Esposito Vigo and Mila Lutteral as winners.
photo: Rex Germanier Torrado
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At the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne next January the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will for the first time run 3-on-3 ice hockey tournaments. With the end of the National Skills Challenge that served as qualification event in the participating countries, we get one step further.

Lausanne 2020 will see beside the regular men’s and women’s tournaments (18-22 January) also men’s and women’s 3-on-3 tournaments (10-15 January) that will be played cross ice. Players born 2004 and 2005 will participated in the Youth Olympics’ ice hockey competitions.

The 3-on-3 tournaments will however not be composed of classic national teams but with mixed teams consisting of players from different countries. Per gender there will be eight teams consisting of 13 athletes (11 skaters, 2 goaltenders).

40 IIHF Member National Associations and National Olympic Committees registered for the 3-on-3 tournaments and held the National Skills Challenge in their countries.

The players for the Youth Olympics’ 3-on-3 ice hockey tournaments will be selected as follows for each gender:
  • The best player per gender of each National Olympic Committee in the National Skills Challenge will be allocated a quota place.
  • The host country Switzerland is entitled to a maximum of three male and four female athletes in the 3-on-3 tournaments.
  • The remaining quota places will be allocated to other players in the Global Skills Challenge ranking up to a maximum of three skaters for the men’s and four skaters for the women’s tournament per country.
  • The goaltenders will be selected as follows: The top-15 countries of the IIHF Youth Ranking apart from the host country will be allowed to send one goaltender, the host country two (one per gender).
While we formally still don’t know the participating players and team compositions yet, we can today present the top female and male athletes from the National Skills Challenge. With today’s publication of the rankings, the National Olympic Committees will be informed about their quota places that they need to confirm, followed by eventual realignments in case of unused quota places.

Stay tuned for more updates during the upcoming weeks and find the rankings here: men / women.

Find out more about ice hockey at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games on our dedicated 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games page.