Isao Kataoka passed away on Wednesday. He was 79 years old.
In 2001 Kataoka was the recipient of the Paul Loicq Award presented annually by the IIHF to a person who has served the IIHF in an extraordinary manner promoting the sport of ice hockey worldwide in 2001.
The former Executive Director and Vice President of the Japan Ice Hockey Federation and recent President of the Hokkaido Ice Hockey Federation played an important role in preparing and organizing many IIHF tournaments in Japan, many of them in his hometown of Sapporo. He also contributed greatly to the success of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.
With all of his experience and knowledge of the game of ice hockey, ha managed these great events perfectly and helped the organizers prepare facilities to the great satisfaction of the participants.
Kataoka’s enthusiasm and aspiring attitude in the development of ice hockey administrators and officials of the next generation was greatly appreciated and respected by the ice hockey family in and outside of Japan.