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IIHF discussing the idea of 3-on-3 for Olympic Games


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Julien Trekker
April 15, 2024  (3:47 PM)
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2022 Winter Olympic Quarterfinals game between Sweden and Canada.
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The IIHF and the IOC are apparently discussing the idea of 3-on-3 for the 2030 Olympic Games set to go down in France.

As we're entering an exciting era in international hockey, with NHLera allowed back in the Olympics, and the awaited 2025 Four-Nations Face Off, a new development about the 2030 Olympic Games is brining even more hype to the future of the sport.
According to a recent report, it looks like the International Ice Hockey Federation and the International Olympic Committee have discussed about the idea of bringing three-on-three hockey to the 2030 Games.
"The IIHF and IOC have shared an agreed interest in introducing a 3-on-3 ice hockey competition to the Winter Olympics by 2030.

3-on-3 hockey first made it's international debut at the 2020 Youth Olympics where a total of 16 teams (8 men's, 8 women's) comprised of mixed national teams participated. Then in 2024 they used the same format, just with actual national teams who did not qualify for the main event.

«As a result, there's a lot of interest from member national associations, particularly non-traditional hockey nations. One of the big attractions of 3x3 is that it lowers the barrier for emerging hockey programs. Instead of needing a 25-strong roster, 3x3 has 11 skaters and two goalies. It's possible to use smaller ice pads, bringing many leisure facilities into competitive play for the first time. Tunisia is looking forward to staging the African Cup in 3x3 format, while Brazil has made an official application to host a women's 3x3 development event in the fall. Meanwhile, the smaller numbers help get close to the target of 100% eligibility on national team rosters at development events.»"


Three-on-three hockey brings a lot of excitement to games. Including that format could help the sport getting back to its former glory.
Source: Blade of Steel - IOC and IIHF discussing 3-on-3 tournament for 2030 Olympics
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