Hockey Canada History

History (Part 5)

Although World Championship play has continued almost annually since 1931, Canada has not been given the opportunity to host the games. At the 1967 IIHF Congress in Vienna, however, Canada was awarded the 1970 World Championships. Later, at the Summer IIHF Congress in Switzerland in July 1969, provision was approved which would entitle teams in the Pool "A" division of the World Championships to use not more than 9 "non-NHL" professional players. In January, 1970 at an IIHF meeting in Geneva the question was raised as to the effect this type of "Semi-open-competition" would have on the Olympic eligibility of the players involved, and as a result of this the five qualified European teams for Pool "A" in 1970 refused to compete under the Regulation which had been approved in Switzerland in July 1969. As a result of this development, Canada withdrew from the 1970 World Championships, and relinquished the right to host the games, which were subsequently moved to Stockholm, Sweden.

Although Canada did not participate in the IIHF World Championships following our withdrawal in 1970, three major tournaments were organized in 1972, 1974, and 1976. These tournaments had a great effect on international hockey and in 1975 the IIHF Congress in Switzerland approved unanimously the opening of the World Championships to all players, professional and amateur. As a result of this action by the IIHF, and the approval of the Canada Cup '76 Series in Canada, our country returned to the World championships in 1977 and placed fourth in the competition which was held in Vienna.

In addition to participating in the Olympic and World Championship games, the Association has been active, especially in recent years, in exchange visits between Canadian teams and teams from many other countries. These exhibition tours have taken teams to nearly every country in Europe, as well as on two tours of Japan. In the exchange, teams from Japan, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, and Italy have visited this country to display their prowess in our national game.

Hockey has also been a popular sport in many parts of the United States, and the CHA as far back as 1919 gave consideration to affiliation between amateur hockey in Canada and amateur hockey in the United States. It was not until 1936, however, that a definite agreement was entered into between amateur hockey of the two countries. This agreement provided for a control over the movement of hockey players and other matters of mutual interest.

For many years, the Officers of the American Association had expressed a desire to entertain the CHA at its annual meeting in the United States. And finally, in 1949 it was possible to arrange for this to be done. The meeting was held in New York City and was an outstanding success, with the Americans outdoing themselves in providing for the enjoyment and entertainment of their Canadian guests. The second opportunity of a similar nature occurred in 1959 when both Associations held their Annual Meetings, concurrently, in Detroit, Michigan. The CHA was able, in a small way, to repay the hospitality of the Americans in 1964 when USA Hockey was invited to hold their Annual Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, and to join with CHA delegates in celebrating the Association's Golden Jubilee.

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