LANCASTER, Pa. - August 14, 2017 - In conjunction with the 2017 Pan American Cups, the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) held the biannual Congress at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. where they discussed strategic initiatives for the Pan American region as well as elected and announced the addition of new PAHF Board Members. USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce that Bree Gillespie, current Chair of the Board, received absolute majority to be elected to the PAHF Board.
"I am honored to serve on the PAHF board and thank the delegates across the Pan America region for their support," said Gillespie. "I will look to play an active role in advancing hockey."
The PAHF Congress was attended by delegates from 24 countries representing hockey playing nations in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. During the meeting on Thursday, PAHF Congress announced that Alberto 'Coco' Budeisky, of Argentina, was re-elected as president of the Pan American Hockey Federation for the period of 2017-2021. Budeisky, who took over the post in 2013 replacing Tony von Ondarza, pledged to continue working for the growth of hockey in the region. They also approved the addition of Mary Cicinelli (CAN) as the new PAHF treasurer replacing the efforts of fellow Canadian Derek Sandison. In addition to Gillespie being appointed to the PAHF Board were Ann Doggett (CAN), Walter Kramer (CHI), Héctor Motta-Ríos (PUR) and Bernardo Picardo Trejos (CRC).
"Bree will be a fantastic addition to the Board," said Budeisky. "She brings a strong commercial background and will be a key part of our PAHF team."
The meeting was attended by the CEO of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Jason McCracken, who provided an update of the progress of the Hockey Revolution strategy and expanded on further detail on the new Hockey Pro League set to launch in 2019. McCracken also shared with the PAHF delegates that USA Field Hockey CEO, Simon Hoskins, last month had been elected Chair of the Hockey Pro League Council.
Finally, the PAHF Athletes Committee was approved, which will now be represented by Felipe Montegu (CHI), and Katie Bam (O'Donnell) (USA), Rossana Passelle (URU) and Mark Pearson (CAN).