Partnership for Progress
During the 2018 IIHF Annual Congress, a new development initiative was presented to the world: Partnership for Progress. 

While in many other programs and projects the IIHF develops ice hockey around the world actively with its members, the Partnership for Progress will additionally bring bigger and smaller organizations together to form partnerships and help developing hockey countries not just at the level of national associations but also between leagues and clubs. 

“The landscape of international ice hockey is changing and therefore the communication between all stakeholders needs to reach a new level. I am very pleased that two IIHF Committees work closely together and joined forces to further improve the dialogue in regards of coaching, and youth and development. I am sure that only such teamwork can guarantee the future success of our sport,” said IIHF President René Fasel.

The IIHF will serve as platform and network to bring partners together, to send experts of their field from bigger to smaller nations, give inputs for co-operation and provide platforms to organize events such as the championships and camps. 

The education can happen at different levels. It is a new approach of the IIHF to cover it all, to address different regions, levels, categories and functions from players to coaching to management.  

2019/2020 Projects (Tentative)

These potential Championships, National Associations and Clubs will be included in the Partnership for Progress Program (PPP) projects during the 2019-2020 season.

Slovakia WM18IA, 14./15.4.2020 in Piestany/Spisska Nova Ves – Coaching
Lithuania WM20IIA, 10.1.2020 in Vilnius – Youth Coaching
Canada WW, 2.4.2020 in Halifax, Women’s Leadership
Estonia WM18IIA, 22./28.3.2020 in Tallinn – Coaching
Italy WM18IB, 12./18.4.2020 in Asiago – Youth Coaching
Bulgaria WWIIB, 10.12.2019 in Sofia – Youth Coaching
South Korea WM20IIB, 27./28.1.2020 in Gangneung – Learn to Play Coaching Education
Poland WWIB, 28.3./3.4.2020 in Katowice – Women’s Coaching
Belarus WM20IA, 11.12.20120 in Minsk - Coaching
Iceland WMIIB, 19./25.4.2020 in Reykjavik – Coaching and Game Official Education

National Associations:

The following National Associations have expressed interest to cooperate or to organize a Hockey Seminar as mentioned above:
  • Slovakia
  • Lithuania
  • Canada
  • Estonia
  • Italy
  • Bulgaria
  • Korea
  • Poland
  • Belarus
  • Iceland

The co-operation between MNAs can include information exchange and visits, sending experts to speak in seminars and Championship initiatives (mentioned in the section above).


Listed below are clubs who continue their cooperation in the 2019/2020 season from the previous one.
  1. HPK Women – Tromso Women

Below is an overview of Club, who have expressed their interest to participate in the Club – Club Cooperation Project. Clubs are listed in no particular order.
  • Russia - SCOR Karelia
  • Russia - Ska Ice Hockey Club
  • Russia - Hockey Club Sibir
  • Hungary - MAC Budapest Ice Hockey Academy
  • Hungary - Kárpáti Farkasok    
  • Hungary - Óbuda Hockey Academy         
  • Hungary - Sopron HC
  • Hungary - Zempléni Hiúzok    
  • Hungary - Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák
  • Hungary - Lehel HC    
  • Hungary - UTE    
  • Hungary - Hatvani Gigászok    
  • Hungary - Ifj. Ocskay Gábor Jégkorong Akadémia 
  • Hungary - KMH Sportegyesület 
  • Hungary – Fehervar AV19/Jr. Gabor Ocskay Academy
  • Hungary – DVTK Jegesmedvek, Miskolc
  • Lithuania - Sostines Ledo Ritulio Akademija
  • Czech Republic - HC Verva Litvínov 
  • Czech Republic – Sparta Prague
  • Poland - Krynica 
  • Norway - Club Vålerenga Ishockey Oslo
  • Finland - Blues Juniors / Kiekko-Espoo Nuoret
  • Finland – HPK Naiset
  • Iceland – Björninn Hockey Club
  • France – Cérgy
  • Germany – EVR Eisbären
  • Estonia – HC Panter Tallinn
  • Belarus – SK Minsk
  • Belarus – HC Dinamo-Minsk
  • Belarus – HC Neman Grodno
  • Switzerland – SCL Young Tigers
Sparta in Partnership for Progress Program
Sparta Prague has joined the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) program entitled Partnership for Progress Program. Within its framework, players and coaches from the Balkan region were invited the twelfth year of the club’s Summer Hockey School.
27 JUL 2018
“A constant exchange of knowledge from top coaches on all level is vital to guarantee the positive development of our sport,” said Tom Renney, Chairman of the IIHF Coaching Committee and CEO of Hockey Canada. 

The possibilities for co-operation were presented by IIHF Council Member Petr Briza, who chairs the IIHF Youth & Junior Development Committee. In club-club partnerships players and coaches from smaller clubs participate at bigger clubs and establish exchange programs. 

The 2018/2019 season saw an active exchange and cooperation between clubs from all levels, on the female and the male side, as well as a number of Hockey Seminars in conjunction with world championships. 

The main exchange points for the club-club cooperation projects were player development, coaching expertise, technical and tactical knowledge, yearly training plan, off-ice training and development, as well as building friendships and creating and international network.

The main focus of the Hockey Seminars is coach and youth coach development, psychology, technical and tactical skill development, game official education, player recruitment, leadership education and Women’s hockey coach education to name a few.

If you are interested in participating in the IIHF Partnership for Progress program please send an e-mail to: [email protected].

You can learn more about the IIHF Partnership for Progress Program in this brochure
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