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NORWEGIANS WON IN LAS VEGAS!

Las Vegas Invitational was a spectacular first ever rink bandy tournament in the world center of entertainment in Nevada. The final game in the tournament was played on Saturday 8 June between the Norwegian Vikings and the Minnesota Legends.

The Norwegian Vikings avenged a loss from the day before to beat the Minnesota Legends team 5-2. Then the Norwegians won the world’s first bandy tournament in Las Vegas. While the outside temperature was +42 C (107 F) inside it was another thing and the ice in the First America Center was fast.

The Vikings were able to break through the Legends strong defense in the second half and go for the tournament victory. Fredrick Norby 3 goals for the Norwegians and Fritiof Hagberg and Carl Jerner one each. Greg Olson and Mike Hosfield scored the goals for USA Minnesota Legends.

ALL THE RESULTS

Winning team Norwegian Vikings

Norwegian Vikings-KOSA Arc Warriors 10-5
KOSA Arc Warriors- Atomic Steel 4-5
Krunehof Tellus C-Norwegian Vikings 6-14
Minnesota Legends-Atomic Steel 4-5
KOSA Arc Warriors-Krunehof Tellus C 9-1
Norwegian Vikings-Atomic Steel 5-2
Minnesota Legends-Krunehof Tellus C 11-4
KOSA Arc Warriors-Minnesota Legends 3-19
Atomic Steel-Krunehof Tellus C 5-5
Minnesota Legends-Norwegian Vikings 7-1

Game for place 3
Atomic Steel-KOSA Arc Warriors 6-4

Final game
Norwegian Vikings-Minnesota Legends 5-2


2nd place Minnesota Legends

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER EACH GAME
Received a Las Vegas memento
Game 1: Felix Callander, Norwegian Viking
Game 2: Mac Berglove, Atomic Steel
Game 3: Fritiof Hagberg, Norwegian Vikings
Game 4: Alex Turtinen, Atomic Steel
Game 5: Joey Bullock, KOSA Arc Warriors
Game 6: Peter Haug, Norwegian Vikings
Game 7: Greg Olson, Minnesota Legends
Game 8: Peter Knutson, Atomic Steel
Game 9: Mike Lickteig, Minnesota Legends
Game 10: Zack Wynne, Minnesota Ldegends
3rd place: Mike Fabie, Atomic Steel


Fritiof Hagberg

FRITIOF HAGBERG

Fritiof Hagberg, Norwegian Vikings, was awarded the tournaments Most Valuable Player. Hagberg was a dominating player in the winning team and scoring and assisting on many goals. Hagberg currently plays in the Swedish “Elitserien” for Broberg and one of the many highly skilled players in the first Las Vegas Invitational.


3rd place Atomic Steel

WATCH THE FINAL GAME HERE

Atomic Steel took the 3rd place. The Swedish KOSA Arc Warriors came quick into a lead with 3-1 and 4-2 with especially strong play of Adam Gilljam and Gösta Ahlgren. But Atomic finally woke up and tied it up, then took the lead when veteran Kurt Von Steinbergs scored to give Atomic their first lead. Mike Fabie added a final goal to give Atomic Steel a victory 6-4 and got the third price that was another Kosta Boda Crystal trophy.


FINAL STANDING IN THE FIRST LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL

1. Norwegian Vikings 
2. Minnesota Legends
3. Atomic Steel
4. KOSA Arc Warriors
5. Krunehof Tellus C

FIB Congress with Executive Committee Election in Stockholm.

Today, Saturday 8 June, the FIB held its Ordinary Congress which then concluded with FIB Executive Committee election in Stockholm, Sweden. Altogether 13 countries were represented in-person while several members followed the Congress online.

Present in Stockholm were 13 representatives of Member Associations, parts of the former Executive Committee and parts of the new Executive Committee.

The main decisions of the Congress were the following:

  • Italy was granted a full membership status;
  • Modification of FIB Statutes were made;
  • Report of the different Committees were approved ;
  • The Congress approved the creation of a FIB Strategic Plan to ensure the sustainable future of the organization.

To create a direct pathway to athlete representation in the governing body of FIB, the Congress ratified the FIB Athletes Committee Members approved by the FIB EC:

  • Mr AALTONEN Ville Kristian (FIN)
  • Mr BATA Daniel Laszlo Dr (HUN)
  • Mr BEELER Gian Luca Dario (SUI)
  • Ms DRAPER Rebecca Lynn (USA)
  • Ms GUSTAFSSON Sanna (SWE)

The present part of the new Executive Committee. The back row: Antti Parviainen and Mikhail Entaltsev. Front row: Attila Adamfi, Henrik Nilsson and Stein Pedersen.

As the conclusion of todays meeting, the Congress unanimously supported the proposal of the Election Committee and elected the following members to the FIB Executive Committee:

President
Mr NILSSON Henrik (SWE)

First Vice President
Mr PEDERSEN Stein (NOR)

Vice Presidents
Mr ADAMFI Attila (HUN)

Mr PARVIAINEN Antti (FIN)

Executive Committee Members
Mr ENTALTSEV Mikhail (GER)

Ms GILOMEN Chanel (SUI)
Mr KNUTSON Andrew (USA)
Mr WU Dawei (CHN)

Henrik Nilsson, new FIB President


Henrik Nilsson, FIB President
thanked the Members for demonstrating unity and support:

-I am extremely happy to be elected as the new FIB President, and would like to thank the Member Associations for putting their trust in me. Of course this is not a one man show, it takes the team to ensure that Federation has a great future. I am sure that with continious collaboration with the different stakeholders we will be able to reach our goals and ensure a better future for the sport.

Following the FIB Congress, the new FIB Executive Committee (EC) held its first meeting where the members discussed the main areas where they should focus in the near future.  The FIB EC agreed on their next meeting, and discussed urgent topics such as next years World Championships.  

 

 

News from FIB Executive Committee

On Friday afternoon, June 7, the FIB Executive Committee (EC) held its last meeting ahead of the 2024 FIB Congress, in Stockholm, Sweden. Even though it was its last meeting before a new Executive Committee is elected at the FIB Congress, they made several important decisions. Among them was the appointment of the FIB Athletes Committee which then shall be ratified today, Saturday 8 June, by the FIB Congress. 

The EC also approved the Terms of Reference of the FIB Hall of Fame and appointed Magnus Sköld as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

One of the main goal of the EC was to harmonize the event related documents for the different type of FIB Events in order to ensure that the same conditions apply for each host.

The present members of FIB EC, from left, Arne Anderstedt, Antti Parviainen, Magnus Sköld, Stein Pedersen and Attila Adamfi.

Stein Pedersen, FIB President summarized today’s meeting and the term of the EC:
-Today we had a very fruitful Executive Committee Meeting here in Stockholm, Sweden, concluding our 4 year term. Even today we had made very important decisions such as the creation of the FIB Hall of Fame and approval of members to the FIB Athletes Committee creating a pathway to direct athletes representation in the EC.”

-We are extremely happy of what the EC has achieved in a short period such as:

  • Return to Competitions, despite difficult times;
  • Modernization of the Federation;
  • Implementation of Governance Reforms;
  • Inclusion of Women and Athletes in the Governing Bodies;
  • Conclusion of the WADA Code Compliance Procedures.”

-With these improvements, I am happy to finalize our term and leave a legacy that we are all proud of. In addition, I take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues from the Executive Committee for their valuable contribution during our term, completed Stein Pedersen.

2019 FIB WORLD CUP WOMEN

Ale, Sweden, 25-28 October



Västerås SK won this World Cup tournament. The team beat Skutskärs IF in the final 5-0.

Unfortunately we don’t have the complete statistics from this World Cup tournament but are working to get it as soon as possible.

2018 FIB WORLD CUP WOMEN

Ale, Sweden, 26-28 October



Record, Irkutsk, Russia won the tournament by beatingn Västerås SK in the final game 4-2.

Unfortunately the results documentation is not complete from this tournament. We are working on getting hold of the complete documentation of the matches.

2017 FIB WORLD CUP WOMEN

27-29 October



Kareby won the World Cup title this year after a victory in the final against Russian team Record 4-3.

Unfortunately the results documentation is not complete from the Women’s World Cup 2017. We are working on getting hold of the complete documentation of the matches.

UPDATE FROM FIB EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The FIB Executive Committee held its recent meeting online preparing the upcoming Congress to be held on 8 June 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden. The EC discussed the different options for the arrangement of the 2025 FIB World Championships, including the period for B group, to be held in Sweden. As a further major step in its governance reforms, the FIB EC approved the By-Law on Athletes Committee, and the Terms of References for its Athletes, Education and Development, Gender Equity, Rules and Referees and Technical Committees.

Documents, including the Reports of the Executive Committee, General Secretary and Election Committee have been reviewed and approved to be sent out to the delegates in advance of the Congress.

In order to support greater transparency in FIB’s operation, the EC meeting minutes are always published after approval under the
Executive Committee.

THE SONG OF BANDY

Chris Middlebrook Photo: Gert Holmér

The new book project by

Chris Middlebrook

He has been a Russian major, the first true bandy professional, his bandy career is now in it’s  year 44, one of his funniest bandy moments was playing bandy in Irkutsk in -48,3 C (-55 F), he was the first North American playing for a Swedish team and he has been called “one of the Best Lawyer in Minnesota”.

I am talking about Chris Middlebrook, turning 67 this coming summer and now focused on giving birth to “The Song of Bandy”. The book that will give bandy lovers around the Globe a lot of moments and stories from varied corners of the world corners of the sport.

-A light bulb went on in my brain while in Gothenburg in March, listening to others tell bandy stories, that a book of bandy stories encompassing the depth and breadth of bandy and its history would resonate with the entire bandy world and could also be beneficial in promoting bandy. Not a history or chronology but rather taking history, facts, even legends, and turning it into an interesting, even fascinating read, says Chris.

Chris and Cathy

He lives is Minnesota where he was born and raised. Married to Cathy with celebration of 40 years together in August. They met at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1982. The life together have given them Ian 32 and Delaney 31.

Ian is also bandyplayer of course. Began in the Bandolier at 15 and won 5 US Championships and also played two World Championships and also spent four months in Arkhangelsk imbedded with Vodnik in 2012. The daughter, Delaney, played 4 years of ice hockey in Sweden, winning the Swedish Championship with Djurgården in 2017 and earned her Master in Business Administration at Karlstad University in 2019.

What about your occupational story then?
-I was a Russian major with a triple minor in business, history and political science at Gustavus Adolphus College. I earned my JD/Law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983. I then played 2 years bandy in Sweden, and also worked for the Rollerblade Company where I wrote a book on dryland training for them, 25,000 copies distributed to hockey coaches all across North America. I also started and ran their North American demo and introduced rollerblades into the cross country and downhill ski markets. I did not begin working as a lawyer until 5 years after earning my law degree. Within 6 years I started my own firm “Middlebrook Law” and up until my retirement in January 2017 the company was annually named one of the best lawyers in Minnesota among other nice names.

Why even bandy and what’s in the 44 years of your bandy records?
-I was there the night the Swede Gunnar Fast first introduced bandy into Minnesota in December 1980. One of founders of first US Club, The Bandolier.

Hans Nordén, chairman Härnösands AIK, Chris and Gunnar Fast, coach Skövde BK.

-I won 14 US/Gunnar Cup championships as a player and 4 as a coach. Won 13 North American Cup championships as a player and 2 as a coach, First North American to play for a Swedish team, Skövde 1983-84. First true bandy professional in the world, Härnosands AIK 1985-86. 173 international matches with US. Captain of the national team 1982-97. Player coach US National team 1987-89, Head coach 1999-2005 and 2008-2011. Team Leader 2012 to present. Head coach for the US women’s  team 2021-present. Head coach US U15 boys team 2005-2007. Assistant Coach US Boys U17 in 2017. Founder of North American Rink Bandy Cup (1987) and US women’s summer rink bandy league (2023) and US women’s North American Rink bandy Cup (2024). ABA Board member since 1982. ABA President 1992-1996 and 2004-2022. President Minnesota Bandy Federation 1984-1992 and Member of FIB Olympic Committee since 2022.

Is there any place in your life for other passions?
-Beside bandy and family it is writing of course, photography, fishing, reading, dogs including my big guy Seger and also gardening.

The Swedish Hockey legend Ulf Sterner, the first European to play in NHL signed to Chris, the first US bandy player in Europe.

In 2019 “The Bandy Chronicles” was published. It was 118 short stories about his then 40 years in bandy. The short story style of that book was inspired by a book he read “Soccer in Sun and Shadow”.

-I am not so interested in stories about people’s personal bandy experiences or memories unless they are someone who are either well known or there is something that I feel would connect with the potential overall readership of the book.

-My expectation is that it will take me two years to gather all the information for the stories, to write the stories and to ultimately publish the book. I have an editor, the same person who edited my previous two books, The Bandy Chronicles and The Girl Who Played Hockey.

I am sure The Song of Bandy will give many bandy lovers around the world some exciting moments and stories from the bandy thru the years. Are there already stories in your head that will be included in the book?

-The 1876 game held in the Crystal Palace in England. The first international match in 1892 between Bury Fen and the Dutch team. The royalty that has played bandy including Tsar Nicholas, Crown Prince Wilhelm, the Swedish Royal Family, Charles Darwin and even Princess Kate swinging a bandy stick. Was the 1913 7 on 7 World Championships held in Davos actually hockey and not Bandy?

Chris Middlebrook in action 1982

-The Soviet Union playing bandy in the 1928 Spartakiad Winter Games in Oslo. The game between Forsbacka and Köping in Sweden where the ice broke and players went into the water. The games during World War 2 and the Winter War, Finland vs Sweden, plus in occupied Norway. Finland winning the World Championship in 2004 for the first and only time including an amazing comeback and an unbelievable winning goal in Over Time.

The 1952 Olympics with bandy played. Bandy in Murmansk, above the Arctic Circle. Women’s Bandy in the beginnings. Bandy stories from Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, China and now India. Somali Bandy. October 1981 when the US played their first international match vs Ljusdal, etc, etc.

I have understood it is important for you to get help from bandy friends around the world when writing this book?

-I have asked bandy people from many different countries to help with potential stories and am certain that more people will step up with ideas.

-It is essential to emphasize that I am extremely reliant upon the help of others in producing this book, both in finding good stories and in helping to fill in enough details to make it a story and not just a historical fact or note. This book is in essence a major collaboration which will involve many people, says Chris.

-It will go into great details in story mode of some of the historical events, include non historical events of interest and also be presented in a enjoyable read manner. It is my hope that the book will be interesting and also informative, not only to established bandy people but also to those newly joining from other countries than the bandy community. It is also my hope that the book could have some small influence on ultimate decision making for bandy’s inclusion into the Winter Olympics. There is no question that the inclusion of bandy in the Winter Olympics would have tremendous positive impact on the funding and growth of bandy, including here in the US. There is also no question in my mind that bandy is both worthy and deserving of a place in the Winter Olympics.

You have been an important person in the bandy in USA for a very long time. In what direction is the US Bandy, men and women, developing?  

-US Men’s Bandy has remained strong and stable for over 4 decades. We have a solid 6 team elite league with both great competition and camaraderie between the teams and players. There is no question that we would be able to expand if we had more than one big bandy arena. As it stands now there is no additional bandy ice plus the cost per hour will be $450 next season. One of the motivators of our high level players is international competition. Unfortunately since 2019 there has been only one men’s World Championship. US men’s bandy is also in an interesting position internationally in that our team struggles to compete in the A pool but is too strong for the B pool. Even so, our players prefer the A pool.

US Women’s team after game against Sweden 2024

We can follow the improvement the US women’s team is experience right now. That must be a big positive part of the bandy development in USA?

-Our women’s program is on the rise. Two seasons ago we had two women’s teams for the first time, Sisu and Mammoth, both who play in the men’s first division. This season our intent is to add a third team and have a separate women’s league for the first time. This summer will be the second season of the US women’s rink bandy league, with 4 teams competing. In September the first ever Women’s North American Rink Bandy Tournament will take place, also with 4 teams. We are attracting more and more former high level hockey players to our program. The results speak for themselves. We beat Finland and had the mighty Sweden down 2-1, 44 minutes in to the game, Chris continues.

Meeting Japanese women’s team in Oslo 2020

Your experience of bandy is spanning over 44 years. In this large memory bank, there must be events and funny moments that are etched more than others?

-It is more memories than i could count but one of my most  funny moments was in Irkutsk 2014 World Championship. We were playing Norway and it was -55 Fahrenheit (-48,3 C) with the windchill. So cold that during play the ball broke in half. No one had ever seen this before. The game stopped for a couple of minutes while players from both teams held the two pieces of ball for photos.

-My most memorable moment was at the World Championships in Oslo in 1985 when we played the Soviet Union for the first time. I had played ice hockey with and against many of the Miracle on Ice US hockey players and was a child of the Cold War. To stand with and shake hands at center ice as US Captain with the Soviet Captain, Viktor Shakalin with CCCP on his chest, with the referees for the coin toss was surreal.

-The most surprising moment/event was playing against 7 time defending Swedish champion Boltic, who had 7 players in the World Championship Swedish national team. In the 1984 World Cup in Ljusdal. I was the libero for US team Bagheera. The predictions for the final score went from 15-0 all the way to 25-0. At halftime the score was 1-1. The final score was 2-1 to Boltic. I believe the greatest near upset in the 200 year history of bandy, says Christ with a smile on his face.

Written by Kjell Anderstedt.

If you want to send your own moments and memories from your life with bandy that can create reader interest in others, then write an email to Chris with your story ccidbrook@aol.com

2023 FIB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN

Åby, Växjö, Sweden, 29 March-2 April


   


Sunday, 2 April, was the final day of the Womens World Championships. Sweden won a big victory against Finland 15-0! It was a very good Swedish team and the gold medals are well deserved. Early this morning USA won the bronze medals after a victory against Netherlands 4-0. 

Bronze opponents but still bandy friends – USA and Netherlands!

Photos from the tournament: Swedish Bandy Federation


BEST PLAYERS IN THE TOURNAMENT

GOAL KEEPER
Emilia Piekkari, Finland
DEFENDERS
Mikayla Rogers, USA
Viktoria Karlsson, Sweden
MIDFIELDER
Ida Friman, Sweden
FORWARD
Tilda Ström, Sweden
BEST GOAL SCORER
Tilda Ström, Sweden 11 goals
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Ida Friman, Sweden


THIS IS ÅBY, VÄXJÖ

Växjö is a town in southern Småland as well as a residential town for Kronoberg County. Åby, where the indoor arena is situated, is a small village with only 500 inhabitants. Växjö received city rights in year 1342.

The Växjö countryside has had a resident population at least since the younger Stone Age 4100-1700 BC. The fact that roads from five different directions radiated together at the northern tip of Växjö Lake has been crucial to the development of Växjö in this location. 

93 020 people live in the city of Växjö and 500 in little Åby.

The “Eriksson Arena” was built in 2019.

2023 FIB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEN B

Åby, Växjö, Sweden, March 24-27


   


Hungary won a dramatic final game in the World Championship Group B on Monday night, March 27. Germany took the lead in the 30th minute of the match and the longer the match went on, the more certain everyone present was that the team would also be victorious. But Germany lost the rhythm during the last part of the match and Hungary could get into several attacks. But it took until the match was played in extra time before Hungary managed to equalize and then we just waited for extra time. However, it was not needed as Hungary also managed to make it 2-1 when the match was in its fourth overtime minute. No wonder the jubilation in the Hungarian camp knew no bounds whatsoever.

Happy Hungary after the victory in Group B!

The goals in the final:
1-0 (30) Michael Dunaev, assist David Kall
1-1 (61) Dennis Pacsay
1-2 (64) Dennis Pacsay, assist Jesper Nagy


MOST SUCCESSFUL TEAMS IN GROUP B AFTER THIS TOURNAMENT