I want to understand more about Latvian hockey processes from the inside / Day


The mower took over the position of Secretary General of the LHF after Viesturs Koziols was elected to the Council of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and announced his resignation as Secretary General of the LHF.

He did not take the position in the run-up to the season, but at a time when the season is already in full swing and the training process is taking place for five teams at a time. The Secretary-General points out that in these difficult times, we need to continue what we have started and think about development.

“In order to do this successfully, I would like to know more, to understand more precisely the processes prevailing in Latvian hockey from the inside. Therefore, I will devote part of my time to communication with federation commissions, committees, clubs and our members. “You also have to think about how to be in the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, how to employ children, how to attract additional funding and keep hockey” in tone, “said the Mower.

The current Secretary General has been involved in the creation of the Enthusiasts’ Hockey League, which he calls the best amateur hockey league of its rank among its neighbors. At the time of the LHF’s change of leadership, he was invited to work with major sponsors and was actively involved in the organizational process at the start of the 2021 World Cup.

“By organizing hockey, I have gained significant experience both on and off the ice – in team management, as well as in marketing, sales, communication, organization and more,” said the Mower.

Speaking of the men’s national team, he called the change of head coach the biggest change.

“It must be said that Harry Vītoliņš and the team showed a very good performance in the Olympic qualification, and now, before the Olympic Games, the coach has the opportunity to see players who did not have the opportunity to play in the World Cup or Olympic qualification, but who could add to the team in important competitions,” Secretary – General.

The mower also mentioned the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic as additional challenges.

“One of the sides of this problem is children’s and young people’s hockey and the opportunity to do it, which is a difficult issue in the current epidemiological situation,” explains Mļājējs. “Of course, the pandemic also brings other challenges – reduced funding, increased spending on other items, but I am convinced that together we will be able to find constructive solutions.”

The mower has worked as a marketing director at the World Championships and Olympic qualifying tournament in Riga. He is also one of the founders of the Enthusiasts Hockey League (EHL) and has worked at the LHF as a marketing director and project manager.


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