INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS DISPUTES IN ICE HOCKEY PART 3: A Three Part Solution
THREE-PART SOLUTION TO RESOLVE INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER DISPUTES IN ICE HOCKEY:
Several different leagues are all-vying for the most competitive and financially viable product. Many of the international leagues and clubs have difficulty competing against the National Hockey League (NHL). As a consequence, each league is constantly trying to acquire and retain the most talented players. The process of acquiring players from other leagues is known as player transfers. Traditionally the International Federation for that particular sport governs player transfers.1 In soccer, it is Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). In hockey, it is the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). However, the current structure of international hockey restricts the IIHF’s ability to govern such transfers. This lack of centralized governance has resulted in many contested player transfers.