scheduled tribe. Petersburg, Russia (WNN) – French official Luc Tardiff was elected president of the International Ice Hockey Federation on Saturday ahead of the return of NHL players to the Olympics in February.
Born and raised in Canada, Tarif defeated German candidate Franz Rindl by 67 votes to 39 in the fourth round of election. Tarif has been the president of the French Hockey Federation since 2006.
“All I have is my determination, my passion for the sport, my spirit of teamwork, my respect for people and my honesty,” said Tarif. “Trust me, I will do everything to be at the level you expect.”
The new president’s first priority is to oversee the hockey tournament for next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. This would be the first Olympics with NHL players since 2014, as the league did not release players for the final edition of the Winter Games in South Korea in 2018.
Tariff replaced René Fassel, who did not run for re-election after 27 years in office. Fassel, from Switzerland, is a dentist and former amateur player and referee who worked to bring NHL players to the Olympics for the first time in 1998 in Nagano, Japan.
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