What is Abuse & Harassment?

It is the IIHF’s strong belief that everyone engaged in and around ice hockey has the right to participate in a respectful environment free of abuse and harassment in order to strengthen and promote the game of ice hockey around the world.
The IIHF defines Abuse & Harassment as follows:
Psychological abuse – any unwelcomed act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.
Physical abuse – any deliberate and unwelcome act – such as for example punching, beating, kicking, biting and burning – that causes physical trauma or injury. Such act can also consist of forced or inappropriate physical activity (e.g., age-, or physique- inappropriate training loads; training when injured or in pain), forced alcohol consumption, or forced doping practices.
Sexual harassment – any unwanted and unwelcomed conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal or physical. Sexual harassment can take the form of sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse – any conduct of a sexual nature, whether non-contact, contact or penetrative, where consent is coerced/manipulated or is not or cannot be given.
Neglect – the failure of a coach or another person with a duty of care towards the player to provide a minimum level of care to the player, which is causing harm, allowing harm to be caused, or creating an imminent danger of harm.

Racism and discrimination – means any action or attitude, that subordinates or prejudices an individual or group based on race, skin colour, gender, ethnic, national or social origin, religion, philosophical or political opinion, marital status or sexual orientation.

Fundamental principles

1. Zero tolerance

The IIHF is committed to safeguarding all people engaged in ice hockey and takes a zero tolerance approach to any form of racism, discrimination, bullying, harassment and abuse.

2. Paramountcy

The needs and welfare of victims and other vulnerable groups are paramount, and the IIHF pursues an approach favorable to the welfare of victims, children and other vulnerable groups in all its dealings.

3. Collective responsibility

It is the responsibility of everyone involved in the game of ice hockey to recognize and respond to signs of harassment and abuse.

4. Confidentiality

All Abuse & Harassment cases will always be dealt with strict confidence.

Relevant Rules

The IIHF Abuse & Harassment Policy can be found here

In addition, the IIHF rules on Competition Manipulation can be found in the IIHF Code of Conduct. The following rules are relevant in this respect:

Rule IIHF Code of Conduct

(a) There shall be no abuse or discrimination against the human dignity of a person or group of persons by whatever means, including on grounds of race, skin colour, gender, ethnic, national or social origin, religion, philosophical or political opinion, marital status, sexual orientation or other grounds. 
(b) Any activity constituting any form of harassment (physical, mental, moral, professional or sexual); physical, verbal or sexual abuse; moral or mental injury; acts of violence or illegal activity will not be tolerated. All IIHF Members must conform to the IIHF sexual harassment policy. 

Rule 5.2 IIHF Code of Conduct

[…] Any player or team official who physically abuses those officiating an IIHF competition shall be suspended immediately for all international games until the Disciplinary Board reaches a decision.


All concerns regarding Abuse & Harassment can at all times be reported to the IIHF on the reporting page.

Investigations and Sanctions

IIHF Prodecure

Currently suspended