The International Blind Ice Hockey Federation (IBIHF) was created in 2015 to lead the development of the sport of Blind Ice Hockey, focus on international development and recruitment, and gain inclusion in the Winter Paralympic Games. The IBIHF has currently has two member countries where the sport of Blind Ice Hockey is played – Canada and the USA – and is focused on recruiting six more countries to develop programs in order to have the necessary eight countries for a World Championships, and the opportunity to apply for the Paralympic Games.
The IBIHF objectives are:
- To oversee and govern the adapted rules of Ice Hockey for the Blind
- To develop a classification code to allow all blind and visually impaired hockey players to fairly compete in the sport of Blind Ice Hockey
- To grow the number of players and competition opportunities in our member nations
- To recruit a minimum of 6 other member nations
- To host a World Championships for the sport of Blind Ice Hockey with 8 national teams
- To apply for inclusion in the Winter Paralympic Games