Preface by Referee in Chief Gerhard Schiffauer

Dear friends of hockey,

In October 2012, the Austrian Ice hockey Federation decided to reorganize the Austrian Hockey Referee Board.

From July 1, 2013, I have been commissioned to reorganize and develop refereeing.

My core tasks were introducing a new structure on the existing base, overseeing finances and developing the referees.

Steps were made in the past to create a new image in order to reach wider acceptance.

My first duty was to introduce a new referee regulation, which was accepted unanimously by the board of the Austrian Ice Hockey Federation.

Working with our districts is vital for me, because it is, where our future lies.

At the same time, I am in close contact with the International Ice Hockey Federation to help lift our referees international top level.

The IIHF is very keen on women refereeing. Hence, we will set another focus on this area in the future.

The large number of matches our colleagues got to umpire on IIHF and CHL level in the past few seasons show that we are on the right tracks.

The “Erste Bank Eishockeyliga” is a key important partner supporting us our programme development and training of our referees.

I wish all colleagues a great and injury-free season!

Gerhard Schiffauer, Referee in Chief