The Paul Loicq Award is presented annually by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to honour a person who has made "outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international ice hockey".Named after Paul Loicq, who was president of the IIHF from 1922 until 1947, it is the highest personal recognition given by the world governing body of ice hockey. The award is presented during the annual IIHF Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The International Ice Hockey Federation is a worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and has 76 members. It manages international ice hockey tournaments and maintains the IIHF World Ranking.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
Paul Loicq was a Belgian ice hockey player, referee and administrator.
List of recipients of the Paul Loicq Award:
The Triple Gold Club is the group of ice hockey players and coaches who have won an Olympic Games gold medal, a World Championship gold medal, and the Stanley Cup, the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL). The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) considers them to be "the three most important championships available to the sport".
Gordon Matthew Miller is a Canadian sportscaster for Bell Media's sports cable network TSN. He is a play-by-play announcer for the NHL on TSN and is the lead announcer for TSN's coverage of international hockey, including the IIHF World Under-20 Hockey Championships. He also covers the annual NHL Entry Draft, provides play-by-play for Canadian Football League games, and does play-by-play for NBCSN in the United States.
The Bulgarian national ice hockey team is the national men's ice hockey team of Bulgaria. The team is controlled by the Bulgaria Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). As of 2018, Bulgaria is ranked 38th in the IIHF World Ranking and competes in Division III of the Ice Hockey World Championships.
The IIHF Hall of Fame is a hall of fame operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It was founded in 1997, and has resided at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto since 1998. Prior to 1997, the IIHF housed exhibits at the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Kingston, Ontario. Inductions are made annually at the medal presentation day of the Ice Hockey World Championships. As of 2019, the IIHF has inducted 224 members.
Louis Joseph Vairo is an American ice hockey coach. He is the former assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League, and has also been the head coach for the American national men's team multiple times. At the 2010 ceremony for the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on May 21, Vairo was presented with the Paul Loicq Award for his "outstanding contributions to international hockey".
The Order of Hockey in Canada is an award given out annually by Hockey Canada. It honours Canadian ice hockey players, coaches and executives and recognizes their contributions to the game. The first group of honourees was announced on April 10, 2012.
The Wayne Gretzky International Award was established by the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999, to honor international individuals who have made major contributions to the growth and advancement of ice hockey in the United States. Since the Hall of Fame inducts only American-born personnel, the award is special recognition for foreign-born contributors. It was first presented to its namesake Wayne Gretzky, and has been subsequently awarded at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Bob Nadin is a Canadian retired ice hockey referee and administrator. He refereed at the 1972 Winter Olympics, and served as a referee supervisor for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the National Hockey League, and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. He was involved with the Winter Olympic Games every Olympiad from 1972 until 2012, and was honoured by the International Olympic Committee with the Pierre de Coubertin medal. The IIHF honoured Nadin with the Paul Loicq Award, and inducted him into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Pat Marsh was a British ice hockey administrator. She served as secretary of the British Ice Hockey Association from 1953 to 1987, and was inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame for her work in Great Britain. She also worked in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) office for more than 20 years, represented Great Britain at IIHF congresses, and received the Paul Loicq Award for her work in international ice hockey.
Hans Dobida is an Austrian retired ice hockey and roller in-line hockey administrator. He was involved with ATSE Graz for almost 40 years, and served as president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association from 1977 to 1996. He helped organize hosting duties for Austria in ice hockey at the Olympic Games, and the Ice Hockey World Championships. He was a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation council from 1986 to 2008, oversaw the IIHF Continental Cup, and was part of the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship committee. He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame, the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, the Slovenian Hockey Hall of Fame; and received the "Gold Medal" class of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Harry Gustaf Lindblad was a Finnish ice hockey administrator, coach and player. He served as the Finnish Ice Hockey Association president for 18 years, after five years as its vice-president. During this time, Finland participated in its first ice hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics, won its first medal in international hockey, began to build indoor ice rinks, hosted two Ice Hockey World Championships, and founded the Finnish Elite League. He was posthumously recognized for his contributions by induction into both the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame and the IIHF Hall of Fame.
Konstantin Mihailov is a Bulgarian ice hockey and roller in-line hockey goaltender. He played in 28 Ice Hockey World Championships with the Bulgaria men's national ice hockey team, and three IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships with the Bulgaria men's national inline hockey team, then retired from international play at age 51. His lengthy international career was recognized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in 2019, as a recipient of the Torriani Award.
The Torriani Award is given annually by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to an ice hockey player with an "outstanding career from non-top hockey nation". It was inaugurated in 2015, and is awarded alongside the annual IIHF Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Ice Hockey World Championships. It is named for Richard "Bibi" Torriani, who played internationally for the Switzerland men's national ice hockey team.
Patrick Francheterre is a French retired ice hockey player, coach, manager and international administrator. His playing career included time with CPM Croix and Dogues de Bordeaux as a player-coach, and the France men's national ice hockey team at the Ice Hockey World Championships and ice hockey at the 1968 Winter Olympics. After retiring from playing, he served as the head coach of the national team, and also served two terms as its general manager. He later became a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation council, and was honored with the Paul Loicq Award in 2017 for contributions to international ice hockey.
Monique Scheier-Schneider is a Luxembourgian ice hockey administrator. She has served as president of Tornado Luxembourg, and negotiated the team's entry into the French Division 3. She later became secretary of the Luxembourg Ice Hockey Federation, and managed the Luxembourg men's national ice hockey team at international competitions. She was later elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) council, oversaw the 2010 Winter Olympics Women's ice hockey tournament, and presided over the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship. She was honored by the IIHF with the Paul Loicq Award in 2015, for her contributions to international ice hockey.
Bo Tovland was a Swedish ice hockey coach and executive in the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. As a coach with the Sweden men's national ice hockey team, Tovland has won a gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics and three at the World Cup of Hockey. He has also served as vice president of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and on various IIHF boards.
Roman Neumayer was a German ice hockey executive, coach and player. He served as the sport director of the German Ice Hockey Federation from 1970 to 1986, and as technical director for the International Ice Hockey Federation from 1986 to 1996. He received the Paul Loicq Award for service to international ice hockey, and his career was recognized by induction into the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Rita Hrbacek is an Austrian retired ice hockey administrator. She joined the Austrian Ice Hockey Association in 1964 working as a secretary until 1976. She then transferred to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) working as a secretary until 1983. She returned to the Austrian Ice Hockey Association as its secretary general in 1989. She retired her position on 31 May 2004 after 40 years of service to ice hockey, and was succeeded by Christian Hartl as the secretary general. The IIHF made Hrbacek the Paul Loicq Award recipient in 2005, for her services to international ice hockey.
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