JOIN ME AND LET’S MAKE A BIG MOVE FORWARD
Now is the time to make our sport truly global. Now is the time to break down the barriers that have traditionally stopped the growth of ice hockey in so many countries. Now is the time for courage, energy and strong leadership. Join me and let’s make a big move forward: all of us – together!
WHAT I STAND FOR
For too long, international ice hockey has been relying on only a few nations to carry us. They have done a great job, but looking ahead at the next chapter of the IIHF, I believe it is the right time for us to truly become a global sport. I believe it is time to dramatically expand the number of countries competing on a high level and able to host our events.
To do this, we need to break down the barriers that have traditionally stopped the growth of our sport in so many countries. We must break down the structural, financial and mental barriers that are holding ice hockey back.
While we must continue to support the growth of our current leading nations, we must accelerate the development of many other nations. We have tremendous opportunities for growth around the world – like in Asia where there is great opportunity for our sport.
We can then all benefit from the growth of our sport because we will have a greater global audience, an increased appeal for commercial and broadcast opportunities and more inspiration for young people to join our sport in many more countries.
You might think this is dreaming. But I know from my own experience, as President of Danish Ice Hockey, how it is actually possible to move forward and to close the gap. In Denmark we were able to do so because we broke-down the barriers that for many years prevented us from realising our full potential.
Hockey in Denmark has grown tremendously over the last years – our membership continues to rise, we are now playing at the highest level internationally and we successfully hosted the IIHF World Championships in Denmark for the first time ever in 2018.
I know that growth is possible, however, it takes courage, energy, and strong leadership.
I was recently re-elected as President of my national hockey association and have been an active member of the IIHF Council for almost ten years. Now, at 55 years old, I feel that I have both the experience and the energy needed to serve as your next IIHF President and to secure a continued and dedicated leadership for the years to come.
Now is the time to make a big move forward; all of us – together!
Henrik Bach Nielsen has outlined his 1st Line – five key priority areas for his first year of IIHF Presidency in a clear and concise document. Download it now to find out more.
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I am eager to speak with the entire IIHF family over the coming months so we can build the future together.
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