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The award, founded in 2023, is handed "to a person who has made a dedicated, innovative, and selfless contribution to youth hockey development and the success of this sport worldwide."

Markus Graf, the director of youth sport and development for the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation, is the second recipient of the Johan Bollue Award.

He created Switzerland’s FTEM program (Foundation, Talent, Elite, Mastery) and spent eight years on the IIHF’s Development and Coaching Committee. He has been working for the SIHF since the mid-2000s.

In a statement published by the SIHF, Graf had this to say about the award: "This award, presented by the IIHF and supported by the SIHF, is very emotional for me and fills me with satisfaction because it is a mark of respect for the almost 50 years of my fulfilling ice hockey career. This award is as meaningful to me as many medals. It has always been a privilege for me to work in hockey and the Johan Bollue Award gives me confidence that I have also made a difference."

( 25 May 2024 | mso )

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