International Ice Hockey Federation Skills Challenge Final Results
May 21, 2008

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC – The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) hosted the 2008 IIHF Skills Challenge on the weekend of May 2-4 in Quebec City. The event was the first ever international skills challenge and was part of the IIHF’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

The 2008 IIHF Skills Challenge took place during the opening weekend of the 2008 IIHF World Championship. A total of 104 participants took part in the event (ages 11-16), coming from 30 IIHF member federations.

Hockey Canada’s Canadian Skills Challenge was held May 3rd in conjunction with the IIHF event; Twenty-four players and 12 goalies represented various Hockey Canada Branches. The top male player, top female player, top male goaltender and top female goaltender moved forward to represent Canada in the IIHF Skills Challenge held May 4th at the PEPS Centre.

Canadian Skills Challenge Results:

Male Player:
1. Nicolas Petan - BC Hockey
2. Jarrett Fontaine - Saskatchewan Hockey Association
3. Jack Macquarrie - Hockey Nova Scotia

Female Player:
1. Michaeline Falla - Ontario Women’s Hockey Association
2. Geneviève Bannon - Hockey Quebec
3. Katie Parkman - Hockey PEI

Male Goaltender:
1. Derrick-Storm Phaneuf - Hockey Quebec
2. Kristian Leger Ontario - Hockey Federation
3. Christopher Hartman - Hockey Alberta

Female Goaltender:
1. Bianka Landry - Hockey Quebec
2. Natasha Trzebinski - Ontario Women’s Hockey Association
3. Laticia Castillo - BC Hockey

IIHF Skills Challenge Results:

Male Player:
1. Tobias Rieder - GER
2. Kiril Holub - BLR
3. Thomas Spelling - DEN

Female Player:
1. Isa Rahunen - FIN
2. Tanja Eisenschmied - GER
3. Josefine Persson - DEN

Male Goaltender:
1. Jesper Sannerborg - SWE
2. Rihards Cimermanis - LAT
3. Philip Lehr - GER

Female Goaltender:
1. Bianka Landry - CAN
2. Vilma Vattovaara - FIN
3. Rachel Pullen - GBR

IIHF Member Federations Represented in the IIHF Skills Challenge:

Austria Estonia Korea


Bosnia & Herzegovina Finland Latvia


Belarus Great Britain Lithuania


Bulgaria Germany Luxembourg


Canada Hungary Netherlands


Croatia Iceland New Zealand


Czech Republic Italy


Denmark Japan



Hockey Canada worked closely with the IIHF to develop the international skills challenge which is based on five individual tests and three goaltender tests taken from Hockey Canada’s National Skills Standards and Testing Program (NSST). The tests are designed to measure skill level in a fun and easy fashion in which Minor Hockey Associations can host their own individual skills challenges.

To view the NSST test stations visit: The Canadian Skills Challenge was open to all Hockey Canada registered minor hockey players, male and female, 13 years old or younger as of (peewee age).

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For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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