Ice hockey 'comes home'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2007, 12:00am

This month there's the Rugby Sevens, but sports fans can also look forward to the World Ice Hockey Fives, starting from May 11.

Ice hockey is normally played with six players in a team. Asiasports Limited started Asia's largest ice hockey tournament in Hong Kong in 1993 and is now bringing it 'back home'. One reason for the return is because Kowloon Bay's new The MegaBox mall has an official size ice rink.

According to organiser Keith Fong, more than 50 teams in various age groups have already registered. The highlight will be guest hockey superstar Chris Pronger, who plays for the Anaheim Ducks and was a member of the winning Canadian Olympic team. He also has won trophies as the NHL's best defence man and most valued player.

In addition, North American jocks are also planning a bit of schticky fun with the second annual World Fives Happy Gilmour Golf Tournament in June. For those who don't recall that film classic, it featured Adam Sandler as an ex-hockey player turned golf pro who slap-shots the ball on to the green. Insert your own puck joke here.