Candidate - IIHF PRESIDENCY
A cohesive and inclusive approach for meaningful commitments
My vision is based on a cohesive and inclusive approach, which has been built on over ninety hours in consultation with 95% of our voting and non-voting members in order to define the appropriate commitments. I am totally convinced that this is the only approach to deliver a proper governance for the IIHF.
The in-depth constructive debates provided me with the opportunity to give more details on some of my commitments.
Please define “give back a meaning to the words IIHF Family”?
For the past 10/15 years, the IIHF organization has dramatically changed : we have now more than 80 countries as members or affiliates. With such a large family, the leadership team must improve its governance and transparency. The IIHF, as a modern and visionary federation, must put Ice Hockey on the global stage. While growth is a key part of our strategy, we must in parallel make sure that it remains sustainable. We also need to ensure that our promises and commitments implemented through human resources and financial means are not an election pledge.
Our modernized IIHF must reflect its new sustainability and diversity goals. Within these, the constitution of our Commissions has to mirror those key values, by integrating very experienced and committed people who have tirelessly served Ice Hockey for decades.
We also must improve the efficiency and the length of time where we – Council members and MNAs – meet together (semi-annual and annual congress). This, to guaranty the openness, the brutal honesty and the quality of our debates.
What about the potential fusion of the Division 1A and Division 1B World Championship?
There would be 16 teams involved by this possible fusion. As a concept this new World Championship consolidated would comprise the last 4 teams of Top Division, the six teams of Division 1A and Division 1B in order to warranty its homogeneity.
The format of those competitions no longer corresponds to the organization’s level of the National teams concerned. I am convinced, reinforced by all your feedbacks, that this would result with a great innovative product which will have a great growth potential. Let’s work together and make it happen !
What is your vision about development?
Development is absolutely essential for our future success as a global game. It would be a mistake to oppose development financing versus lower divisions and U20/U18 World Championships organizations for women and men.
Even if Covid-19 had a very serious damaging impact on all our MNAs and for the IIHF itself, resulting in cancelling many competitions, the IIHF, thanks to a chairful and efficient financial management, puts it on an ideal position to kick start back all our activities, allowing us to be able to focus both on development and events organizations.
What is the “Flying coaches” program?
This innovative program, part of our strategy “Growing the game”, is targeted towards small and medium hockey countries such as New Zealand, Australia, China, South Africa, etc. which was unfortunately postponed due to the Covid crisis. We believe that this is an essential part of our development strategy therefore this must start over.
The principle relies on sending world class technical experts (head coaches, skills coaches, chief referees, etc.) for an intense short-term seminar. This mentorship program can easily be duplicated for other geographies such as Balkans, Benelux, Asia ect.
Ice Hockey is much more than just a passion for me; it plays a major and central role in what I do, and this is certainly thanks to the strong sense of involvement in associations that I have acquired through family tradition.
I, first, committed at the national level, as a high-level athlete, then as President of the French Ice Hockey Federation and member of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), it is with the same enthusiasm that I got involved at an international level with the IIHF in 2008, first as a member of a committee, and from 2012 as a member of the Council and the Executive Committee as Treasurer.
This strategic role, at the heart of the IIHF’s work, and my active participation in the various talks and negotiations with our institutional partners such as the IOC, Infront, the NHL, the NHLPA and the various professional leagues, have naturally prepared me for this application for the position of President of the IIHF.
A good President needs to have a comprehensive vision, strong convictions, solid ethical values, clear managerial skills, but – above all – must be able to listen to and understand the needs of its members, both in terms of their diversity and level
IIHF Presidency candidate
This is why I have chosen a collaborative and transparent approach to build this program: a Co-Construction process. Using the technological resources that Covid-19 has made available to us, allowing for videoconferencing and remote interviews, I have been able to listen to the needs of 90% of all Federations, in order to build with you some of the proposals and commitments in my basic program. I am committed to ensuring that this approach is the basis for future IIHF governance.
This candidacy, just like my entire career as an athlete and leader in the sport of Ice Hockey – our shared passion – , is guided by the strong conviction that the future of our sport must be one that is built together. Drawing on my experience, I want to put each of our members at the heart of the International Federation’s goals and endeavours.
I am committed to opening up our beautiful sport to the world, promoting it, defending it, preparing its future and, above all, representing it with dignity.
“Alone we go faster, together we go further“
IIHF Presidency candidate
FRENCH ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION
10 PRINCIPLES THAT I AM COMMITTED TO RESPECTING
At the heart of my concerns are our main shareholders: Our Federations and Associations.
To listen, analyse and decide, always in the general interest.
A transparent and model governance that promotes diversity and social mix.
A collective and democratic organisation.
—The Council: the managing team.
—Committees: our partners.
—Federations: our main shareholders.
To demonstrate the diplomacy required to ensure proper coordination of the various stakeholders in ice hockey.
—The Council: the managing team.
—Committees: our partners.
—Federations: our main shareholders.
The President and the Council: guarantors of the necessary balance between High Level and Development.
Each of them has their own rights and their own duties, all of which are to be mutually respected.
A forward-looking stance, to prepare the IIHF of tomorrow.
Development of new technologies, digital technology, data, research and development in all areas.
Fight strongly against the threats to our sport:
Doping, violence, racism, homophobia, corruption, match-fixing, ect.
The IIHF: A Citizens’ Federation.
Continuing and strengthening our efforts on environmental and social issues
Universalising our sport and widely promoting Ice Hockey in the world.
The IIHF: An apolitical organisation.
GIVING MEANING TO THE WORDS ‘IIHF FAMILY’
—Increased interaction between the President, Council members and Federations.
—Fostering discussion during Congresses: Allow more time for discussions, return of workshops meetings, accomodation in one place.
—Continue to organise information meetings by videoconference as was done during the Covid period.
GUARANTING THE BALANCE BETWEEN HIGH LEVEL AND DEVELOPMENT SPORT: THE ROLE OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE COUNCIL
—Safeguard the balance necessary for proper functioning of IIHF members: Share fairly and intelligently logistic, financial, human resources.
—Rights and duties for everyone. This balance is essential for correct operation of the IIHF.
—Promote the transfer of knowledge.
BUDGETING A RECOVERY PLAN THAT ADDRESSES THE CHALLENGES OF OUR POST-COVID-19 RECOVERY
Logistical and financial support to assist Federations in their communication plans for recovery.
PURSUING A MEANINGFUL AND APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT POLICY
—Release and secure a larger budget for the day-by-day MNA’s development work.
—Relying more on the experience and know-how of the men and women in our Federations.
—Continuing and developing the use of new technologies: themed webinars; videoconferences. Build our own permanent studio at the IIHF office.
—Develop new approaches: ‘Flying Coaches’; ‘Symposium at home’; a regional IIHF presence.
—Continue “Growing the game” program.
PROTECTING OF OUR INTERNATIONAL TRUCES BREAK
—Finally giving meaning to our international Breaks tournaments.
—Solidarity needed between National Team program.
—Stop talking about it and do it.
STABILISING AND INCREASING OUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES
—Key IIHF Events to be protected and promoted: Top World Championship, World Junior.
—Others IIHF Events to promote: Women’s Hockey; WC U18; Fusion Senior D1A-D1B, Hockey 3x3 format.
ANTICIPATING AND PREPARING THE IIHF FOR TOMORROW AND BEYOND
—Implementation of a Research and Development Policy.
—Being a driving force for new attractive practices to seduce new generations : 3X3 format.
—Adapting our sport to new players, new media and new consumers: Using all types of tools: digital; data; new technologies.
UNIVERSALISING ICE HOCKEY; PROMOTING OUR SPORT IN THE WORLD
—Strive for sustainable development and continuity in our work.
—Keep the momentum in Asia after the PyeongChang and Beijing Olympic Games.
—Find new ways of engaging IIHF affiliate members and new comers.
CREATING OF A SOLIDARITY FUND
Recourse possible for temporary financial difficulties for Federations.
BUILDING NEW FACILITIES: ESSENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ICE HOCKEY
—Continuing the great work of the Facility Committee.
—Improved IIHF political support for new Federation projects.
—Sustainable development: a major challenge for future.
Endorsement from the French National Olympic and Sports Committee President, Ms Brigitte HENRIQUES:
Luc TARDIF is a Member of the Board of Directors of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee since June 2021. He had previously been designated as Chef de Mission of the French delegation during the Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Brigitte HENRIQUES, President of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, brings the full support of the French sport movement to Luc TARDIF’s candidacy. Acknowledging his professional and personal qualities, she stated:
“Beyond the legitimacy that his athletic background gives him, Luc also has the qualities of a great sports leader. Indeed, he has been involved in French ice hockey for over 20 years and was at the origin of the creation of an independent French ice hockey federation in 2006. Since then, he has presided over this dynamic federation, whose membership has grown steadily since he took office, thanks to the ever-renewed confidence of those who voted for him. He then contributed his skills to the international federation of his sport within the sports commission from 2008 to 2012 and as treasurer since 2012.
His international expertise and wide range of experience made him a key figure in redefining the international strategy of French sport and in preparing Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. He also successfully led the organisation of the 2017 World Ice Hockey Championships.
Particularly attached to his sport and to the Olympic spirit, Luc TARDIF wishes to contribute, at the head of the IIHF, to the promotion and development of ice hockey throughout the world.
The CNOSF gives its full support to Luc TARDIF in this new challenge”
I have been lucky enough to personally know 9 presidents of the IIHF at different times of its development: Loicq, Kraatz, Hardy, Brown, Ahearne, LeBel, Tutt, Zabetski and Fasel. Together with the founder of the International Ice Hockey League, the Frenchman Louis Magnus, they have all contributed to the fantastic rise of ice hockey worldwide.
In the years to come, the development of our sport, initiated by all these major figures, and its growth potential which must be supported and highlighted, will expose the next team and its President to enormous challenges: in terms of operational and financial management, technical solutions and developments in the construction of ice rinks around the world, but also the structural and sporting development of IIHF members and new entrants to the hockey family.
This is why I fully support Luc Tardif’s candidacy for the Presidency of the IIHF.
Luc indisputably has all the technical and managerial skills, as well as the human and moral qualities which are vital in leading a team capable of achieving these objectives.
His very high-level sports career testifies to his perfect knowledge of our sport, reinforced by his family experience of four generations of hockey players.
His professional background as a major executive of one of the two largest French construction companies gives him high-quality managerial and human qualities.
The creation, structuring and development of the French Ice Hockey Federation in 2006, during which I supported him after a period of great difficulty for our sport, his nomination as Chef de Mission at the Winter Olympic Games as well as his two mandates in the IIHF Council as treasurer have also helped him to have in-depth knowledge of the institutions.
Philippe Jacques LACARRIERE
IIHF Life Member/IIHF Hall of Famer
I had the opportunity to collaborate with Luc when he was the chef de mission for the French delegation at the Sochi and the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in 2014 and 2018. His athlete career, his experience as a manager in a large company and his various positions within the IIHF made him able to identify the issues related to the mission and to deal with them. His action and his knowledge of the international sport movement helped the French delegation to live the Games in the best possible conditions. Luc is a man of conviction and passion who places ethics at the heart of his action. I am sure that he will put all his energy to the benefice of worldwide ice hockey and I totally support Luc’s candidacy.
Biathlete, 5 times Olympic Champion
Paris 2024 Athletes Commission President
I fully support Luc Tardif’s candidacy for the presidency of the IIHF. Indeed Luc has proven for decades that he has all the qualities to be the worthy successor of René Fasel, and to lead the evolution and reforms necessary to take our sport to new heights.
Both as a former player (it is not negligible to have a former hockey player) he knows how to clearly identify the needs of the players and has a real vision both on the ground but also strategic for our sport.
Moreover, as a leader and federative father and builder of our new independent French ice hockey federation FFHG created in 2006, he was able to carry out with great success, a mission that many said was doomed to failure.
Luc is an excellent leader and is a man of challenge and the greater the challenge, the more Luc is efficient ! He has all the experience and wisdom to take on the future challenges of international hockey and to further advance ice hockey globally.
Philippe Bozon, Head Coach of French National Team
Luc Tardif was a great leader in French Ice Hockey at a critical time in its history. As founding President of the FFHG, he was able to unite all French Hockey families to create a new Ice Hockey federation. His innovative ideas such as the final of the Coupe de France in Bercy or the World Championships hosted in Paris have allowed French Ice Hockey to develop over the past 15 years.
I fully support the candidacy of Luc Tardif !
Laurent Meunier, former Captain of the French National Team