The IIHF has distributed a status report letter to its Member National Associations and other stakeholders, outlining the latest updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dear ice hockey family,

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has a global impact. Many of you have personally experienced the impact of the virus on daily life as countries go into lock-down, workplaces close, travel is stopped, and schools shut. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected.

The protection of our employees and their families is of paramount importance to us, as is the continued high quality of service to our membership and stakeholders.

Given the escalating situation and the measures taken by public authorities within Switzerland and abroad to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, we have advised all employees in our Zurich office to work from home.

We expect no disruptions to the level of service provided by the IIHF to our members. All IIHF employees have been equipped to work fully from home. They will remain reachable via email or telephone and the organisation remains fully operational and approachable to all partners and clients. The IIHF office will also hold weekly status meetings to ensure that all service to member national associations remains uninterrupted and carefully coordinated between departments.

We are also working hard to review options on adapting our business wherever possible and will reach out to partners and clients to jointly assess the situation. In short, we are still here to support you in any circumstances and on all matters. As the situation evolves through the coming weeks, we will make sure to keep open communication with our members and notify them as soon as possible of any status changes.

Should you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your existing points of contact directly. I wish you all that you and your organisation will be able to successfully manage these challenging times. As partners and key stakeholders within the global sports business community we are united in this extraordinary situation.

Stay safe and healthy!

With best regards,


René Fasel
IIHF President

Horst Lichtner
IIHF General Secretary