The Kånken Youth Retention Award is awarded annually to a European ice hockey youth program that emphasizes sustainability through social responsibility and high retention rates among its participants.
As part of the extended partnership between the Alliance of European Hockey Club (E.H.C.) and Fenix Outdoor, the new award was introduced and activated in January 2020.
In a time when more and more focus is being placed on elite sports, we have been looking to encourage clubs that are focusing on the development of young players and their retention to the sport. In a very competitive field of applications sent from across Europe for the inaugural 2021 award, the jury has decided to nominate the following clubs to the final five. These clubs have submitted remarkable applications to back up their impressive work with boys and girls, in line with the criteria set up by the Fenix Outdoor and the E.H.C. Alliance:
Junior Pelicans – FIN
HC Hvězda Praha – CZE
EV Zug Nachwuchs – SUI
EC-KAC – AUT
We are also very pleased to note that we have five applicants from as many countries. The 2021 Kånken Youth Retention Award winner will be announced at the 2021 E.H.C. Hockey Business Forum in Switzerland on October 23.