FISU Delegates Tour SUNY Canton in Anticipation of January’s World University Games


SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently hosted a large contingent of international delegates in preparation for the upcoming Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. Representatives from the participating countries were on hand to tour the facilities and get a firsthand look at the SUNY Canton Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

FISU group shot at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Ice Arena

“It was a pleasure meeting the numerous delegates from around the world to show off our incredible facilities,” said Szafran. “We look forward to working closely with them, FISU and the other local colleges to put on a world class tournament. This will be something very special for the North Country to enjoy and experience.”

Delegates from Canada, Ukraine, United States, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Japan, and the United Kingdom participated in the tour. Other countries taking part in the 12-nation Men’s Ice Hockey tournament include Korea, Kazakhstan, and Hungary. The delegation also toured Maxcy Hall at SUNY Potsdam, along with Cheel Arena at Clarkson University. Along with SUNY Canton, Cheel Arena will host the Men’s Ice Hockey preliminary round, while Maxcy Hall is the site for the Women’s Ice Hockey preliminary rounds. Preliminary round Games begin Jan. 11 and continue through Jan. 19, 2023. Medal round games will take place in Lake Placid’s famed Olympic Center, Herb Brooks Arena, the home for the “Miracle on Ice.”

Roody the Roo shakes hands with FISU Senior Event Manager Jiho Kim outside SUNY Canton Roos House Convocation, Athletic & Recreation Center

SUNY Canton's involvement also extends to the classroom. The college developed a Sports Management class to give students a thorough understanding of the entire event management and planning process for the upcoming Games. As a part of the curriculum, students in the class have had hands-on experiences learning from and working alongside these International University Sports Federation (FISU) officials and Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games’ Organizing Committee members. This opportunity will translate directly to the real-world as they will be tasked with playing vital roles working the Games in January.

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