The former President of the Ice Hockey Association of the Netherlands, Frans van Erp, passed away at the age of 92 in The Hague.
The Eindhoven native was involved in the founding of the ice hockey club in Groningen in 1969 where he was also coaching the team. For his work in engineering he moved to The Hague where he became involved in the hockey club as well.
Later he started to work for the association in turbulent times first as a sports director, then as Vice President and eventually he was elected as President in 1989 to succeed Sjoerd Feenstra when the latter moved to the National Olympic Committee.
In 1994 he ran as one of several candidates for presidency at the IIHF when a successor for Gunther Sabetzki was to be found. Current IIHF President Rene Fasel won that election and van Erp took a step back. In 1994 he was followed by John Ponsioen as President in the Netherlands and named Honorary Chairman of the Ice Hockey Association of the Netherlands. He stayed involved and visible in Dutch ice hockey until late in his life.