HK Tigers roar at ice hockey fest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2008, 12:00am

Tournament showcases sport's rapid development in Asia

Hong Kong Tigers were crowned International A division champions at a prestigious ice hockey competition in Hong Kong earlier this month.

The 2008 Mega Ice 5's, organised by Mega Ice in Kowloon Bay, were held from April 29-May 10. A total of 65 adult and youth teams competed in the tournament.

The five-day youth event kicked off the showpiece, with Sports Beijing winning the Bantam division with a 3-2 double-overtime victory over Hong Kong Typhoon A.

This was followed by the adult competition which was held from May 6-10. A total of 28 teams from around the world delighted the audience with their skills and never-say-die attitude.

The adult tournament was divided into five divisions - International A, International B, Asian A, Asian B and Women. The prime focus was on International A and Asian A due to the reputation of the participating teams who had top-class players in their lineups.

The International A category included powerhouses like China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Malaysia.

The final between Hong Kong Tigers and Abu Dhabi, the champions of the Thailand ice hockey tournament last year, attracted a large number of spectators.

But it turned out to be a one-sided affair as Hong Kong Tigers hammered their rivals 4-0 to clinch the International A championship.

The fact that all the players who took part in the Asian divisions were from the region highlighted the rapid development of ice hockey n Asia.

Tokyo Egoists came out on top in the Asian A category, defeating Sam Wai 5-3. Thomas Wu, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Hockey Club (HKAHC), led his team to victory in the Asian B division. HKAHC thrashed WIFO Flames 4-1 in the final.

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