ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew Podnieks has written more than 80 books on hockey, all of which are featured on this website. In addition, he has attended four Olympics, 13 World Championships, and many World Junior, Women’s Worlds, and Women’s U18 Championships for the IIHF, writing extensively for IIHF.com. He has worked with Hockey Canada and USA Hockey to produce comprehensive statistics for all levels of competition. For Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, he helped develop web and exhibition content and successfully nominated several inductees.

RE-WRITING THE RULE BOOK FOR INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY

Andrew spent much of the 2013-14 season re-writing the IIHF rule book used for all international competition, from the Olympics to U18 tournaments, from top nations to the lowest nations. This great challenge and honour included re-structuring the entire book, standardizing and modernizing language, adding greater detail to the rules, and simplifying the wording and presentation. Please click here to see the result. http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/sport/iihf-rule-book/

IIHF HALL OF FAME 2015

The IIHF Selection Committee announced its newest inductees to be honoured during the 2015 World Championship in Prague in May 2015. Players inducted include Dominik Hasek, Robert Reichel, Scott Niedermayer, and Maria Rooth. Fran Rider will be inducted as a Builder, and Lucio Topatigh will receive the inaugural Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award. Monique Scheier-Schneider will receive the Paul Loicq Award. Click here for details. http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/iihf-hof-2015/

IIHF HALL OF FAME SELECTION COMMITTEE

Andrew Podnieks was officially named to the IIHF’s Historical Committee in December 2012. After serving on the ad hoc committee which elected the Class of 2013, he is now a member of a five-man group which will meet to induct members for the next five years. Other members include Phil Pritchard from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Kimmo Leinonen from the Finnish Ice Hockey Association, Swedish historian Birger Nordmark, and Igor Kuperman from Russia. The Committee’s Secretary is Gion Veraguth and the Chairman is IIHF president Rene Fasel.

2012 IIHF MEDIA GUIDE & RECORD BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

The second edition of the IIHF Guide & Record Book is now available, and this year, thanks to a distribution deal with McClelland & Stewart, the book is available in stores across Canada. As well, it can be purchased through www.IIHF.com. Bigger and more exhaustive than ever, it contains all information on all international hockey tournaments and players.

WORKING WW18 AS A GOAL JUDGE

Andrew Podnieks made miniscule personal history during the World Women’s U18 Championship in Chicago in 2010 by working as a goal judge for the Sweden-Germany bronze-medal game. Click here for more information.

MANUSCRIPT FOR RETURN TO GLORY

Andrew's first book, published by ECW Press in 1996, was called Return to Glory: The Leafs from Imlach to Fletcher . He wrote the entire manuscript by hand and only later keyed in the text onto a computer. Click here for a sample page from the research and writing process.

TRIPLE GOLD CLUB INAUGURAL CEREMONIES

The first 22 players who are members of the Triple Gold Club were honoured at a special ceremony in Hockey House during the Vancouver Olympics on February 22, 2010. Attended by more than 1,200 people and hosted by TSN’s Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire, the event recognized players who have won Olympics gold, World Championship gold, and the Stanley Cup. Click here to see the story.

THE BIRTH OF HOCKEY

Hockey as we know it was born on March 3, 1875, in Montreal. On that night the first true game was played featuring two teams, a referee, a puck, and rules of play, all enjoyed by spectators. Click here for the full story.

 
   

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