HK set to host top ice hockey contest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2008, 12:00am

Two-week event to showcase international talent

Ice hockey is gaining popularity in Asia. Local and international teams will show off their skills

at the 2008 Mega Ice 5's hockey tournament from April 29 to May 10 in Kowloon Bay.

The competition will be the largest ice hockey event in Asia, featuring more than 60 teams of five players and a goalkeeper from around the world.

It will be held at Mega Ice, Hong Kong's only international-size ice rink, on the 10th floor of the Mega Box shopping mall.

The tournament will be divided into two divisions, youth (from April 29 to May 3) and adult (from May 6 to 10).

The competition will for the first time provide live world-class ice hockey action to the Hong Kong public.

The United Arab Emirates, winners of the 2007 Bangkok International Ice Hockey Tournament, will play in the International A Division.

They will be pitched against top local teams like the Tigers, who have top Division One players available. At least 15 leading teams will compete at the event.

In the youth category, more than 30 teams with players aged six to 17 from countries including China, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines will take on Hong Kong's top skaters. One-third of the teams are local. The large number of teenagers participating in the tournament shows that the fast-paced game is becoming more popular among young people in Hong Kong.

The two-week tournament not only acts as a platform to help Hong Kong players polish their skills but also provides an excellent opportunity for them to learn from international teams.

'This year's Mega Ice 5's event will be the largest ice hockey tournament in Asia in terms of the number of competing teams. It will have very strong representation at both local and international levels,' said Keith Fong, tournament director and deputy general manager of Mega Ice. 'It will definitely

have the strongest competition ever in the history of Hong Kong ice hockey.'

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