President Luc Tardif has insisted that the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is “financially nonetheless alive”, regardless of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle in Ukraine.

Talking previous to the medal matches on the males’s IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, French official Tardif acknowledged that the organisation had confronted current challenges, however insisted it remained ready to proceed staging occasions.

Tardif did concede that “generally it’s good to have a great insurance coverage”.

“We’re financially nonetheless alive and what’s vital is to maintain our actions alive,” Tardif mentioned.

“We generally performed in a bubble due to COVID, we’ve to play with out Russia due to the struggle and we can not do something about it.

“When there’s a pandemic and a struggle many issues change, groups can not journey that simply.”

IIHF regional vice-president Henrik Bach Nielsen, who chaired the 2022 World Junior Championship Directorate, argued that the organisation had tailored through the pandemic, however admitted it had an influence on the event of the game.

“We’re financially in fine condition,” Bach Nielsen mentioned.

“We misplaced some earnings however we additionally spent much less cash.

“However extra vital is that we misplaced some growth in hockey due to the pandemic.”

IIHF regional vice-president Henrik Bach Nielsen said that moving the World Junior Championship to August was a
IIHF regional vice-president Henrik Bach Nielsen mentioned that transferring the World Junior Championship to August was a “one-time expertise” ©Getty Photographs

Low attendances on the World Junior Championship have been blamed on the match being moved to August, after it was cancelled mid-event in December final 12 months on account of a sequence of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Tardif mentioned that the World Championship would return to its common slot of late December and early January from subsequent 12 months.

“We’re proud of the standard and involvement of the groups, for which it was not really easy to return right here,” the IIHF President commented.

“We knew that August is just not one of the best time.

“We didn’t count on the attendance that we normally have.

“It was an expertise and we can’t do it once more except we’ve to for some cause.

“I wish to look ahead fairly than backward. 

“What’s vital is that the ticket sale goes nicely for [the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in] Halifax and Moncton.”

IIHF President Luc Tardif referenced a ban on Russia from its competitions due to the war in Ukraine as something which is having a financial impact ©Getty Images
IIHF President Luc Tardif referenced a ban on Russia from its competitions because of the struggle in Ukraine as one thing which is having a monetary influence ©Getty Photographs

Bach Nielsen concurred, insisting that the transfer to August is a one-off measure.

“August is just not a hockey month nevertheless it was the one attainable date,” he mentioned.

“Particularly for Canadians, the World Juniors is a Christmas factor and I’m comfortable to return to the conventional schedule in Halifax and Moncton in winter.

“The World Juniors is an excellent model.

“It has been a hit through the Christmas holidays for a few years.

“This can be a one-time expertise that we needed to do it in August.”

Hosts Canada received the World Junior Championship in Edmonton, beating Finland 3-2 in extra time within the closing.