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.
List of recipients of the Paul Loicq Award:
Gord 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. Miller was awarded the Paul Loicq Award by the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2013, for his contributions to international ice hockey.
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 2020, the IIHF has inducted 230 members.
Paul Loicq was a Belgian lawyer, businessman and ice hockey player, coach, referee and administrator.
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 81 members. It maintains the IIHF World Ranking based on international ice hockey tournaments. Rules of play for IIHF events differ from hockey in North America and the rules of the National Hockey League (NHL). Decisions of the IIHF can be appealed through the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IIHF maintains its own hall of fame for international ice hockey. The IIHF Hall of Fame was founded in 1997, and has been located within the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1998.
The Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation is the governing body of ice hockey in Hungary. The federation was founded in 1988, when it separated from the Hungarian Ice Sports Association, under the leadership of György Pásztor. He felt that to improve ice hockey in Hungary, a stronger national league was needed, which required more youths, more arenas, and proper leadership.
The Japan Ice Hockey Federation is the governing body of ice hockey in Japan. Japan was the first Asian nation to join the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
Harald Griebel is a German retired sports marketing businessman.
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.
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 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 with the France men's national ice hockey team at the Ice Hockey World Championships and 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.
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.
Isao Kataoka was a Japanese ice hockey administrator. He served as the executive director and the vice-president of the Japan Ice Hockey Federation and was president of the Hokkaido Ice Hockey Federation. He worked with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in the planning and hosting of its tournaments in Japan, including the 1972 Winter Olympics and the 1998 Winter Olympics. He received the Paul Loicq Award in 2001 for contributions to the IIHF and promoting international ice hockey.
Kent Angus is a Canadian retired businessman. He represented Nike, Inc. as the supplier of team hockey jerseys and other apparel for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). His work included the supply of uniforms for 49 Ice Hockey World Championships, four Winter Olympic Games, and more than 75,000 hockey jerseys. He received the Paul Loicq Award from the IIHF for contributions to international ice hockey in 2012.
Yuri Vasilyevich Korolev is a Russian ice hockey administrator, and retired coach and civil servant.
Zoltán Kovács is a Hungarian ice hockey coach and administrator. He joined the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation as a secretary in 1994, then served as its general secretary from 1998 to 2017, and has served as its vice-president since 2017. He played for the Hungary men's national junior ice hockey team in 1980, and was its manager in 2003 when the team earned promotion to Division I of the IIHF World U20 Championship. He played professionally for Ferencvárosi TC, and sat on several International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) committees. The IIHF named Kovács as the 2020 Paul Loicq Award recipient, for "outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international ice hockey".