The 1936 Olympic ice hockey tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen brought another record with 15 participating teams and a sensational winner, Great Britain; the winning team however counted a great number of British-Canadian dual citizens. Beside the modern artificial ice rink, which was constructed specially for the Olympic Games, some matches were played on the natural ice of the frozen Riesser Lake. After various negative effects on the game through snowfall as well as based on the experiences from Chamonix in 1930, the LIHG leadership decided to allocate any future international championships only to countries which dispose of an artificial ice arena.
According to a decision of the federation, official LIHG championships should continue to be played every year, but recognized as world championships only if at least one association from outside Europe would take part. In the Olympic years, there should not be a separate LIHG championship, instead, the Olympic ice hockey tournament should be considered as world championship. It was believed that these decisions would point the way ahead for a long time towards a sound development, and there was reason to hope for a further impetus – then came World War II with all its horrors.