Posted by: Ethan Johnson | August 27, 2010

Hayley Wickenheiser’s World Hockey Summit Notes

(Updated below)

Further investigation into the women’s hockey discussions at this week’s World Hockey Summit in Toronto uncovered the PowerPoint slides that accompanied Team Canada star Hayley Wickenheiser’s presentation. (PDF or similar, fair warning before clicking.)

Even without the benefit of the full presentation, the notes themselves were helpful and echoed many of the statements that I made or quoted in my prior article. Some highlights:

  • 14 IIHF countries were analyzed and it won’t be a huge shock to learn that Canada and the USA are #1 and #2 respectively in terms of registered players nationally. What might be shocking is the fact that China has the least with 169, but they have committed over 1,100,000 Swiss Francs (approx 1,107,000 US dollars) to women’s hockey. The USA commits slightly more (1.419,000 CHF) but has a smaller dollars-to-player ratio. THIS is why I am saying “keep a close eye on China leading up to 2014.”
  • 12 of the 14 analyzed IIHF countries commit roughly the same amount of financial resources as a single team in the WWHL, which isn’t enough to run a national team or program.
  • 25% of the 14 analyzed IIHF countries (excluding USA and Canada) have a recruitment program in place for women’s hockey. It is hard to defend the claim that there is “no interest” in the sport when a recruitment program is not in place.

Please take a moment to read Hayley Wickenheiser’s presentation notes for yourself.

(Update:) More details concerning Hayley Wickenheiser’s presentation may be found here.

During the follow-up question and answer period, Murray Costello, an IIHF Council member, revealed details of a Council meeting held the day before the Summit began. “I’m here to tell you that our president, Rene Fasel, is here, as is the general secretary, Horst Lichtner, and Sport Director Dave Fitzpatrick, and we are listening. We have committed $2 million to women’s hockey. It still has to be passed through Congress, but we are listening. However, we can’t do this alone. The work has to start at home. We need the national federations to come to us and tell us they are ready to move forward. But we have listened to you today. We have heard, and we are impressed. And we are here to give our support.”

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