René Fezel will be replaced by Frenchman Lik Cardiff as President of the IIHF

The IIHF presidential election took place in St. Petersburg on Saturday and there were five candidates for the position. After the vote, the Czech Petr Brziz did not continue the fight for the chair in the first round, the Danish Henrik Bach Nilsen resigned in the second round, and Sergei Goncharov from Belarus resigned in the third round.

Thus, the new president was determined in the fourth round, in which Tardiff received 67 votes or a majority, while the German Franc Reindl had 39 delegate votes.

Cardiff, 68, is a dual citizen of Canada and France. In his homeland he played to college level, but in 1975 he moved to Europe, where he first spent two seasons in Belgian hockey, and then played his next career in France, representing the teams of Chamonix and Rouen.

At the end of his career, Tardiff oversaw the Rouen youth hockey development program, but then worked for the French Ice Sports Federation, where he headed the hockey department. In 2006, Tardiff became the first president of the French Hockey Federation and was re-elected three times to his current position.

In 2012, Tardiff was elected to the IIHF Council, chairing the competition committee and finance committee in the federation.

Meanwhile, the famous Czech hockey player Brizza was elected the first vice-president of the organization, who received 70 votes in the last round of voting, while his competitor, Canadian Bob Nicholson, had 33 votes. Nicholson (American Zone), Aivaz Omorkanov of Kyrgyzstan (Asia and Oceania) and Nilsen (Europe and Africa) were elected Regional Vice Presidents.

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In June 1994, the Swiss Fezel was elected President of the IIHF and later re-elected in the next elections in 1998, 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

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