The Lebanese Ice Hockey Federation (LIHF), also known as Hockey Lebanon/Lebanon Hockey, is the governing body overseeing the Lebanese Local and international Ice Hockey teams and development program of adults and youth. Currently based in Montreal, Canada with youth operations based in Beirut, Lebanon, with plans to create a development program for youth Ice Hockey in Lebanon.
The LIHF also manages the Lebanese National team at international tournaments and exhibition games.
Working closely with Lebanese & Canadian governmental organizations such as the Lebanese Ministry of Sports, The Lebanese Olympic Committee (LOC), The Canadian Embassy in Lebanon and The Lebanese Embassy in Canada, the LIHF is in the current process of filling its requirement to be a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in the hopes of participating in official IIHF World Championships.
MISSION & VALUES
The LIHF has been created to advance hockey initiatives of Lebanese-based players worldwide, in addition to enabling international development and representation of Lebanon in the sport of ice hockey.
We strongly believe in promoting positive change within the Lebanese communities as well as improving the world's impression of Lebanon. One important value is working together in building something positive, regardless of political views or religious beliefs. That said, we intend on shedding a positive light for Lebanon on the international stage through ice hockey.
We also take pride in making sure that those same values are instilled in every player, staff member as well as embodied by all our members whether it's in the arena or out in the everyday world.
On April 2017, the Lebanese’s Ice Hockey team played it's first game & victory against team Haiti, in Montreal. Which was a surprisingly successful event, attracting around 1000 Ice-Hockey Fans.
Since then, we participated in various exhibitions games and tournaments locally & internationally, against teams like Belarus, Germany, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Philippines, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Last April 2018, The Lebanese Ice-Hockey team achieved the Silver Medal in the Arab Club Cup, which was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Moving forward, we were successfully able to create a youth Ice-Hockey program in Lebanon, the Panthers team, managed by Mrs. Nada Hatem.
We, also, participated in the Lebanese Diaspora Energy (LDE) event (Montreal 14th to 16th of Sept 2018), by playing the opening-exhibition game, at McGill University Ice-Rink.
We Obtained the Official Federation Decree from the Lebanese Ministry of Youth & Sports in October 2018.
Most recently, we launched a Women’s Ice-Hockey program, which was a success. This enabled us to plan a Try-out, August 2019, in Ottawa and having around 30 girls registered already. Ms. Sally Tarabah is the Women’s Ice Hockey Manager.
The Lebanese Ice Hockey Federation board is made up of six voting members and eight managers. These members are professionals, leaders, university graduates and entrepreneurs who graciously devote their time and effort to promote the game and have one thing in common: they are strong believers in the promotion of the sport within Lebanon and want nothing more than to make Lebanon a hockey nation.
Charles El-Mir: President – (Canada/Lebanon)
Ralph Melki: Vice-President & Head Coach – (Canada/Lebanon)
Wissam Salman: Manager, Finance & Marketing – (Canada)
Edouard Tabet: Director, Ice Hockey Operations – (Canada)
Elizabeth Ojeil: Director, Communications & Events – (Canada)
Simon Waked: Director, Recruitment – (Canada)
Tony Tarraf: Director, Government’ s Liaison – (Lebanon)
Sally Tarabah: Manager, Women Ice-Hokey Team – (USA)
Nada Hatem: Manager, Panthers Lebanon Team – (Lebanon)
Jamil Hatem: Assistant Manager, Panthers Lebanon Team – (Lebanon)
Paul Doumet: Development Manager – (Lebanon)
Ghina Chahwan: Attaché de Presse & Social Media – (Lebanon)
Nabil Kamleh: Manager & Assistant Coach - Player Development (Dubai/Lebanon)
Carl Melki: Equipment Manager – (Canada/Lebanon)
Nayla Feghali: Professional Trainee – (Canada)
Inam Darwiche: Administrative Management – (Canada)
Samer Forzely: Marketing Manager – (Canada)
Craig Boassaly: Players Recruitment; Women Team – (Canada)
Mtre. Bachir Kazan: LIHF’s Attorney – (Lebanon)
Nancy Constantin: Administrative Assistant – (Canada)
Continuously train and develop our current players (Men’s & Women’s) in order for them to evolve and have a competitive edge compared to other players worldwide.
Promote & evolve Ice-hockey in Lebanon through schools & universities
Improve, train and educate our Panthers Club in Lebanon.
Recruit and properly train coaches and personnel to support the operation of a high-level hockey program.
Becoming members of:
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
The Lebanese Olympic Committee (LOC)
Participate at IIHF international Tournament in 2020, as Challenge Cup of Asia and World Championship Division III
Preparing the LIHF first Tourney: Cedar’s Cup – 1st Edition, June 2020, to be held in Montreal and to be transported later to Lebanon, once we get the first Ice Rink built.
Organize summer training camps (on & off ice) in Canada, inviting current & potential Lebanese youth players to join, hence increasing the Federation’s future talent pool.
Increase exposure of the sport within the Lebanese community and across the world in order to increase public awareness and corporate supports.
With proper funding, the LIHF plans on building one sport-centre, containing an Ice-hockey rink, training facility and gym, designed to train and develop the players as well as to publicly holed hockey games/events in Lebanon.
Create a Lebanese Hockey League (LHL), composed of at least 4 teams.
Organizing summer camps, in Lebanon, to train and to promote hockey in Lebanon.
Participate at Asia Winter Olympic Games, 2021
Participate at IIHF sanctioned Tournaments.
With the Proper funding, through private investors, the LIHF plans to build two more Ice Rinks in Lebanon
Bring the sport of ice hockey to Lebanon and start developing players and staff directly from our country of origin.
Become a Full IIFH Member and to participate in the IIHF World Championship.
Represent Lebanon in the Olympic Winter Games.