Folk festival and legacy
In the Danish Ice Hockey Union, director Ulrik Larsen and chairman Henrik Bach Nielsen look forward to another strong collaboration between the parties.
- I experienced the folk festival in Herning's streets and alleys up close back in 2018. Because the city is so relatively small compared to other normal host cities, the atmosphere and togetherness became very special during the three weeks when most of the world was visiting. The sun was shining, world-class ice hockey was being played and people were having a good time. We look forward to experiencing that again, and we are sure that Herning is ready to take on the task, says the director of the Danish Ice Hockey Union, Ulrik Larsen.
The WC in 2018 gave Danish ice hockey a huge boost. Large parts of the profits from the WC 2018 have gone back to investments in the individual clubs and have also provided advice for investments in organization, recruitment, and better conditions for, for example, the women's national team.
- There is a lot of talk about "legacy" after big events, and the World Cup 2018 has created it by giving back to the grassroots at the same time that we have volunteers and fans who still talk about the three weeks with great joy in their voices. People have long since volunteered again, and that says everything about the joy there was over the event. The planning starts already now, says Henrik Bach Nielsen.