World Hockey Forum 2019

List of events 

December 12 – 13, 2019

Congress Park, Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow

* Please note that the schedule is subject to changes.


11 December / Wednesday

12.00 – 19.00

Arrivals of Forum participants. Registration.

Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow

12 December / Thursday

09.00 – 10.00

Registration. Welcome coffee-break

10.00 – 10.30


Presenter – Victor Gusev, the Channel One, Russia


Arkady Rotenberg, Chairman of the RIHF Executive Board

Pavel Kolobkov, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation

Stanislav Pozdniakov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee

René Fasel, IIHF President

Vladislav Tretiak, President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation

Gennady Timchenko, Chairman of the KHL Executive Board

Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Mikhail Degtyarev, Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Physical Culture Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs

10.30 – 11.50


Main tendencies in the evolvement of the rules of ice hockey and importance of unified rule book on Officiating. How the changes in rules influence the game of hockey on and off the ice.

ModeratorVictor Gusev, the Channel One, Russia


René Fasel, IIHF President

Kevin McLaughlin, Assistant Executive Director, USA Hockey

Danny Kurmann, IIHF Officiating manager

Alexey Anisimov, Chief referee of the KHL

Colin Campbell, Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, NHL

11.50 – 12.10


12.10 – 13.30


Digital as the most effective way to reach fans and interact with them. Importance of integrating CRM, loyalty programs and delivering memorable match-day experience in competing for client with the entertainment industry.

Moderator – Dr. Matthew D. Shank, President of Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, President Emeritus at Marymount University, Virginia, the U.S.


Roman Rotenberg, the RIHF first vice-president

Maxim Kleiman, Commercial Director Russia, Nielsen Sports & Entertainment

Panel members:

Representative of Infront Sports Media & Marketing

W Graeme Roustan, the owner of The Hockey News, Christian Hockey, Torspo Hockey, Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee

Federico Winer, University of Unity Technologies

Andrey Malygin, Head of the Department of sports marketing of “Synergy” university, Ph.D. in Economics

Andree Verleger, Executive Director, ABC Event Production

13.30 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.40


National programs to support and develop women’s hockey. Is women’s hockey making progress?

Moderator – Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer, Chairwoman of IIHF Women's Committee


Marta Zawadzka, Co-chair of IIHF Women's Committee

Panel members:

Karel Hornický, Head of Women’s Hockey Commission, Czech Ice Hockey Association

Sofie Wallin, member of Women’s Hockey Committee, Swedish Ice Hockey Association

Jayna Hefford, former Canadian women’s hockey player and founder of the Lori Dupuis & Jayna Hefford Hockey School for girls, Canada

Stefan Holm, member of Women in Sport Commission, the International Olympic Committee

Stephen Norris, Adjunct Professor in Department of Physical Education & Recreation Studies Faculty of Health & Community Studies Mount Royal University of Calgary, Canada

Vladislav Prodan, General Manager of National Women’s Teams, the RIHF

15.40 – 15.50


15.50 – 17.00


Sledge hockey worldwide and its impact on the building equal opportunity society.

Moderator – representative of Elena & Gennady Timchenko Foundation


J.J. O'Connor, the chair of USA Hockey's Disabled Section

Representative of the OC of the 2019 World Para Ice Hockey Championships in Ostrava, the Czech Republic

Representative of sledge hockey league for children, Russia

Representative of Werewolves of London Special Ice hockey club, the U.K.

Vadim Kotlyarov, center of sledge hockey for children “Umka”, Russia

Beate Grupp, Chairwoman of the IIHF Ethics & Integrity Committee,


Transfer to the CSKA Arena

Channel One Cup

13 Decemberb/ Friday

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome coffee-break

10.00 – 11.30


How innovations, development of on-line tv and new advanced analytics help to engage audience and attract business world to sport.

Moderator – Dave Schafer, Senior Vice President of sport operations and planning, Discovery, Inc.


Manolo Romero, Managing Director of International Sports Broadcasting (ISB)

Panel members:

Representative of Infront Sports Media & Marketing

Jonathan Stevenson, Co-founder and Director of LiveWire Sport

Andrey Lazutkin, Director of hockey matches broadcasting, Match TV, Russia

Leonid Savkov, Commercial Director, Yandex

Ivan Ugryumov, Head of special projects, Mediascope

11.30 – 12.00


12.00 – 13.30


Youth hockey development programs and importance of implementing new technologies in the training process.

Moderator – Stephen Norris, Adjunct Professor in Department of Physical Education

& Recreation Studies Faculty of Health & Community Studies Mount Royal University of Calgary, Canada


Evgeny Sukhachev, Head of research for the Red Machine National Development Program, the RIHF

Representative of Chelsea F.C. Academy, London

Kevin McLaughlin, Assistant Executive Director, USA Hockey, American Development Model

Panel members:

Markus Graf, Director of Youth Development, Swiss hockey Federation

Jukka Tiikkaja, Director of education, sports and well being, International Ice Hockey Centre of Excellence, the Sport Institute of Finland (Vierumäki)

Petr Briza, Chairman of the IIHF Youth & Junior Development Committee

Prof. Andrew Mark Williams, Chair of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Department. the University of Utah, the U.S.A.

13.30 – 14.30



Transfer to the CSKA Arena

Master class for children

14 December / Saturday

12.00 – 19.00

Departures of Forum participants.



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