International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel is keen to add 3x3 ice hockey to the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games programme, following a successful experimental competition at Lausanne 2020.
The 3x3 format appeared on a Winter Youth Games programme for the first time in Lausanne. Eight teams, each made up of a mix of players from different nations, competed in both the men’s and women’s events from January 10 to 15. Each team was allowed 11 players and two goalkeepers, with three outfield players plus a goalkeeper allowed on the ice at any time. Games were played in the end zone of a normal rink, with the smaller field-of-play making for dynamic, non-stop action.