Ice Hockey

The fastest team sport in the world was added to the sports programme of the Winter Universiade for the 2nd edition in Villars, Switzerland in 1962. In 2009, at the 24th edition in Harbin, China, the women’s tournament was added as well. Simply the right decision as both exciting tournaments always attract big crowds!

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29 January - 8 February 2017

EVENTS winter universiade

All Events Winter Universiade


 Lucerne (SUI) 21-31 January


 Krasnoyarsk (RUS), 2-12 March


Almaty (KAZ), 29 Jan. - 8 Feb.


 Granada (ESP), 4-14 February


 Strbske Pleso / Osrblie (SVK) 24 Jan. - 1 Feb.


 Trentino (ITA) 11-21 December

Ice Hockey

FISU Technical Delegates



International Federation

International Ice Hockey Federation

FISU Regulations

The ice hockey competitions have their own FISU regulations following the most recent technical rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The FISU regulations are always set up on the recommendation of the FISU Technical Chair and the IIHF Technical Delegate in close cooperation with the Committee for Sports Regulations (CRS), and they are approved by the FISU Executive Committee. Duration of the competition – 10 days maximum / Number of men’s teams – 12 maximum / Number of women’s teams – 8 maximum / Number of players per team – 20 players and 2 goalkeepers / Referees & Linesmen – appointed by the CTI in close cooperation with IIHF and the OC.


Ice Hockey Competitions

The men’s tournament is organised with twelve (12) teams and the women’s tournament with eight (8) teams. These tournaments take place on two competition ice rinks and one training ice rink. The running of competitions is always supervised by the FISU Technical Chair, the Vice-Chair for ice hockey and the IIHF Technical Delegate, who chair all technical meetings concerned. The whole sports infrastructure for ice hockey must be provided with the necessary equipment by the Organising Committee of the host country. The student competitions in ice hockey have become much more interesting in terms of coverage thanks to the cooperation with TV sports magazines, highlights and live broadcasting. Former participants can be found on the rosters of some national teams participating in the IIHF World Championships and Olympics, as well as on the rosters of elite clubs (e.g. RUS, BLR, FIN, SVK, CAN, KAZ, POL, JPN, KOR, CHN, AUT & ITA).


Minimum Requirements

No. of Events


No. of venues
(competition and Training)

No. of Events

Two (2) Events

Men’s tournament
(12 teams max)

Two (2) competition ice rinks complying with all recent IIHF international standards. Each competition ice rink shall have a minimum of 12 locked dressing rooms for men and 8 locked dressing rooms for women, as well as a secure storage space with drying capability (see the minimum requirements specific to ice hockey).

One (1) Event

Women’s tournament
(8 teams max)

One (1) training ice rink is compulsory.
A second one is recommended.

One (1) Event


The History of Ice Hockey in FISU

After the success of the 1960 edition in Chamonix, France, the Winter Universiade has confirmed its place among the world’s most important winter multi-sport events. Ice hockey is the most popular team sport on ice, which has been included step by step into the World University Games. The first men’s ice hockey tournament at the Winter Universiade took place in 1962 in Villars, Switzerland, featuring four teams (1. Czechoslovakia; 2. Soviet Union; 3. Sweden; 4. Switzerland). Since 1962, the ice hockey men’s tournament has been 21 times on the Winter Universiade programme and it has become one of the most attractive sports of FISU’s winter event. In addition, FISU included women’s ice hockey for the first time on the programme of the 2009 WU in Harbin, China, where six teams (countries) competed. During the 25th Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey (2011), 126 participants from six countries competed in the women’s tournament. Thanks to the good cooperation between FISU and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), we keep following the development of ice hockey as an international university sport.





Number of Seats

Number of Games



Ice Hockey (Women) (1-4)





Ice Hockey (Women) (17-20)





Ice Hockey (Women) (5-16)





Ice Hockey (Men) (1-5)





Ice Hockey (Men) (6-25)





Ice Hockey (Men) (26-27)






TV coverage, highlights and news were broadcasted by the five main TV channels in China. World feeds and highlights were provided to FISU.



TV production: through their contractual partner for TV production of the ice hockey tournaments, Gearhouse Broadcasting Ltd, the broadcasting department of the LOC Erzurum 2011 produced TV coverage of all games in HD format for both tournaments: women’s (20 matches) and men’s (34 matches). The coverage of all 54 ice hockey games was produced as per the request of FISU TV broadcasting partners for live, delayed, highlights and archive purposes. All games are still available in the FISU TV archive in professional TV format. TV distribution: the following FISU TV broadcasting partners aired the ice hockey games on their respective platforms: RTR Russia Eurosport FOX Sports USA: through various magazine programmes TRT Turkey: on 2 platforms, TRT 3 and TRT HD; TRT broadcasted live all matches of the Turkish national teams (5 women’s matches, 5 men’s matches), both finals, and highlights of all other matches.


Previous Events

  • 2015 - 27th Winter Universiade – Granada (ESP)
  • 2013 - 26th Winter Universiade – Trentino (ITA)
  • 2011 - 25th Winter Universiade – Erzurum (TUR)
  • 2009 - 24th Winter Universiade – Harbin (CHN)
  • 2007 - 23rd Winter Universiade – Torino (ITA)
  • 2005 - 22nd Winter Universiade – Innsbruck (AUT)
  • 2003 - 21st Winter Universiade – Tarvisio (ITA)
  • 2001 - 20th Winter Universiade – Zakopane (POL)
  • 1999 - 19th Winter Universiade – Poprad/Tatry (SVK)
  • 1997 - 18th Winter Universiade – Chonju/Muju (KOR)
  • 1995 - 17th Winter Universiade – Jaca (ESP)
  • 1993 - 16th Winter Universiade – Zakopane (POL)
  • 1991 - 15th Winter Universiade – Sapporo (JPN)
  • 1989 - 14th Winter Universiade – Sofia (BUL)
  • 1987 - 13th Winter Universiade - Strbske Pleso (TCH)
  • 1985 - 12th Winter Universiade – Belluno (ITA)
  • 1983 - 11th Winter Universiade – Sofia (BUL)
  • 1981 - 10th Winter Universiade – Jaca (ESP)
  • 1972 - 7th Winter Universiade - Lake Placid (USA)
  • 1970 - 6th Winter Universiade – Rovaniemi (FIN)
  • 1968 - 5th Winter Universiade – Innsbruck (AUT)
  • 1966 - 4th Winter Universiade – Sestriere (ITA)
  • 1962 - 2nd Winter Universiade – Villars (SUI)
  • 1960 - 1st Winter Universiade – Chamonix (FRA)