The IIHF have launched a new development hub, a resource-rich addition to their website that will serve as a central hub dedicated to the development of ice hockey.
It includes various training resources, including a framework for coaching development and a player development guide – which includes a new video drill hub.
IIHF president René Fasel celebrated the launch of the Development Hub on Tuesday during a video call with each of the IIHF’s 81 Member National Associations.
“All of you now have access to over 500 ice hockey drill and exercise videos, and so many other resources that have been carefully chosen to help you develop your coaches and players within your countries,” said Fasel.
The timing of the launch is an unexpected bonus for the IIHF’s member nations. With limitations to ice access in some countries and with some IIHF tournaments having already been cancelled due to covid-19, the development hub will equip member national associations with necessary resources to rebuild momentum in their domestic development plans.
IIHF membership development manager Aku Nieminen, who has had more than 100 people contributing to this project over the past couple of years, said: “The idea came from the top IIHF leadership and the two respective committees, those being coaching as well as youth and junior development.
“We acknowledged the need for us to refresh and invest more into our online resources and make those available to the world in order to support the Member National Associations and their clubs in the development of the game.”