IIHF Hall of Famer and life member Gyorgy Pasztor has died aged 99 ©Getty Images

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hall of Fame member and celebrated Hungarian figure György Pasztor has died aged 99, five months prior to turning 100.

Pasztor was also a former IIHF Council member, IIHF life member, Honorary President of the Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation and he was awarded a Hungarian Order of Merit.

During his sporting career as a forward, he achieved six Hungarian Championships and represented his national team, but this was limited to just two international matches due to matters beyond his control.

The Hungarian Government, as a satellite state of the Soviet Union, prevented travel outside of the Eastern Bloc so it was not until he was a hockey manager that he was able to participate in IIHF competitions.

Pasztor played top-level hockey in his country between 1941 and 1960 and later became a player-coach.

His hockey career transferred from the ice rink to the boardroom as he joined the Hungarian Ice Sports Association as a player representative before serving as the organisation’s Ice Hockey Committee President between 1963 and 1988.

In this role, he helped to form the independent Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation, where he was vice-president until 1994.

Gyorgy Pasztor was an iconic and celebrated figure in Hungary ©Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation/Facebook
Gyorgy Pasztor was an iconic and celebrated figure in Hungary ©Hungarian Ice Hockey Federation/Facebook

He became a member of the Hungarian Olympic Committee in 1989 and later received honorary member status in 2003 - the same year he received the Order of Merit.

Pasztor's interest in the administrative side of ice hockey dated as far back as 1959 when he began to attend IIHF Congresses as Hungary's delegate.

As IIHF life member, Pasztor continued to attend IIHF Congresses with his most recent appearance coming in 2019 at the age of 96.

He was an IIHF Council member between 1982 and 1994, which was the year he retired from his international duties and was named life member.

The Hungarian used his professional career as a pharmacist during his time as a member of the IIHF Medical Committee between 1971 and 1994, chairing the committee from 1982 to1994.

Pasztor’s status was immortalised in 2001 when he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame and then again in 2011 following his induction to the Hungarian Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.