A Third Attempt : Hong Kong Women Ice Hockey Team challenges IIHF World Championships
As the temperature drops and the sweltering summer finally comes to an end, the local ice hockey season is back in full swing after some major shake-ups. This year, we see the third season of the officially sanctioned Hong Kong Women’s Ice Hockey League (HKWIHL) return to Mega Ice with more new players than ever, once again bringing together generations of female skaters who will get to compete in the coming months in games that are up to international standards. Organised by both the Women’s Ice Hockey Organization (WIHO) and the Hong Kong Amateur Hockey Club (HKAHC), the league had their puck-drop ceremony on October 9, 2015. The ceremony was officiated by representatives from WIHO, HKAHC, and returning team sponsor Chicco, and was followed by a nail-biting game that ended in shoot-out with a 2-1 win for Team Chicco. The league will continue till April 2016, with Friday night games from 22:00 to 00:00 at MegaBox, Kowloon Bay.
Among league players are representatives from the Hong Kong Women’s National Ice Hockey Team (HKWNIHT) who will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria this December for the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships Division II - Group B Qualifications (WWIIBQ), playing against teams from South Africa, Romania, and their host, Bulgaria. Last year’s WWIIBQ saw Team Hong Kong placing second on home ice during Chinese New Year, as Team Turkey took home the gold as well as the ticket to advance to the next level of competition. Led by head coach Hiroki Wakabayashi and assistant coach Anqi Tan, this will be the team’s third time entering WWIIBQ, with the hopes of getting an even better result than last year.