Hans Dobida (born 13 May 1929) is an Austrian former ice hockey and roller in-line hockey administrator. He was involved with ATSE Graz for almost 40 years, and served as president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association from 1977 to 1996. He helped organize hosting duties for Austria in ice hockey at the Olympic Games, and the Ice Hockey World Championships. He was a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation council from 1986 to 2008, oversaw the IIHF Continental Cup, and was part of the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship committee. He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame, the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, the Slovenian Hockey Hall of Fame; and received the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Hans Dobida
Born (1929-05-13) 13 May 1929 (age 93)
Graz, Austria
Known forAustrian Ice Hockey Association president, and International Ice Hockey Federation council member
AwardsAustrian Decoration of Honour
IIHF Hall of Fame
German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame
Slovenian Hockey Hall of Fame

Early lifeEdit

Dobida was born 13 May 1929, in Graz, Austria.[1][2] As a youth in Graz, he played both ice hockey and handball.[3] He played hockey with ATSE Graz for five seasons as a young adult, then later served as head of section at ATSE Graz for almost 40 years.[4][5] During this time, the club was the Austrian Hockey League champion in 1975 and 1978.[6][7] He remains in an advisory role with ATSE Graz as of 2019.[8]

Austrian Ice Hockey AssociationEdit

Dobida became vice-president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association in 1962, then took over as its president in 1977,[3][4][5] when Walter Wasservogel moved on to international ice hockey.[9] During this time, he served on the organizing committees for the 1964 Winter Olympics and the 1976 Winter Olympics; the 1967 World Ice Hockey Championships, the 1973 Ice Hockey World Championships Group B, the 1977 World Ice Hockey Championships, the 1987 Ice Hockey World Championships and the 1996 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[3][5][10] He was proud of the 1973 event for which all games involving the Austria men's national ice hockey team were sold out, and an over-capacity crowd in the final at Eisstadion Liebenau.[5] He welcomed a new branch into the national association in 1994, when the Lower Austrian Ice Hockey Association separated from the Vienna branch.[11] He retired as president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association in 1996, and was succeeded by Dieter Kalt Sr.[12]

International Ice Hockey FederationEdit

Dobida began in international hockey in 1977, as the delegate from the Austrian Ice Hockey Association to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).[1][13] He later served on the IIHF council from 1986 to 2008, and was its treasurer from 1998 to 2008.[4][5][10] He also served as an IIHF auditor,[14] and participated in its strategic consulting group.[10] He acted as chairman of approximately 50 tournaments including the Ice Hockey World Championships, and served as chairman of the IIHF Continental Cup until 2018.[13] He was chairman of the 2008 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship committee in Bratislava. He stated that the IIHF's roller in-line hockey program provided development opportunities for IIHF members, and has grown in popularity and credibility with organizational support from Walter Bush, and the participation of former National Hockey League players.[14]

Honors and awardsEdit

Dobida was named an honorary president of the Austrian Ice Hockey Association on 29 June 1996.[4][5] He was inducted into the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004,[2] and into the Slovenian Hockey Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2007.[15] He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2007, in the builder category.[1][16] The induction ceremony took place at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow.[4][5] He was later made a life member of the IIHF in 2008.[17] He was given the Panathlon International Award in 2011, as a founding member of Club Graz.[18] He is also an honorary member of the Austrian Olympic Committee,[2][19] and is a recipient of the "Gold Medal" class of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.[4][5][20]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c "Dr. Hans Dobida". Eishockeymuseum (in German). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "2.527 Hans Dobida". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Dobida offiziell in die IIHF Hall of Fame aufgenommen". Hockey web (in German). 9 May 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
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  6. ^ Timischl, Erich (1 October 2017). "70 Jahre ATSE Sektion Eishockey". Mein Bezirk (in German). Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Championnat d'Autriche de hockey sur glace 1977/78". Hockey Archives (in French). Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Vereinsführung". ATSE Graz (in German). Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  9. ^ "2.57 Walter Wasservogel". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "Dobida erwartet "spannende und ausgeglichene Spiele"". DEL2 (in German). 8 January 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Geschichte". NOE Eishockey (in German). 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Austria elects new President". IIHF. 27 June 2016. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  13. ^ a b Merk, Martin (19 May 2018). "Congress approves Statutes changes". IIHF. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ a b Eskola, Anna (29 June 2008). "InLine: 90 seconds with... Dr. Hans Dobida, Tournament Chairman". IIHF. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  15. ^ "HZS sprejel 60 imen v hram slavnih". RTVSLO.si (in Slovenian). 17 April 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Hall of Fame". IIHF. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  17. ^ "IIHF Council". IIHF. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Wuerdigungspreis". Panathlon XVI Distrikt (in German). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Ehrenmitglieder Österreichisches Olympisches Comité". Austrian Olympic Committee (in German). Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Panathlon-Würdigunspreis für H. Dobida: Einmal Hockey, immer Hockey" (PDF). Kronen Zeitung (in German). 9 April 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2019.