Robben passes away

Female Olympic referee loses fight against cancer


Ilse Robben officiated at the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

The IIHF and the Netherlands Ice Hockey Association are mourning the death of female game official Ilse Robben. Robben died at the age of 39 on September 27 after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

Robben was a well-known figure in the women’s hockey world. She officiated at both the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games in addition to whistling three IIHF World Women’s Championships. Robben was diagnosed three years ago with breast cancer, and overcame the disease, making a comeback in 2008. But shortly after returning to the ice, Robben collapsed during a game and was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which she fought bravely for nearly a year.

Robben started her career as a player in Belgium and then moved onto officiating at the international level in 1996.

A memorial for Robben will be held on October 3 in Tilburg. The IIHF passes along its condolences to Robben’s family and the Netherlands’ Association.




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