Thursday, 25 December 2008

Hong Kong Hockey Eyes Female, Youth Development With Mega Ice Leading The Charge

As ice hockey attracts more attention in Asia, Hong Kong-based sports company Mega Ice is churning out potential stars hand-in-hand with the HongKong Ice Hockey Association, which recently turned its focus to female and youth development.

While ice hockey has traditionally been the domain of burly male players, the HongKong Ice Hockey Association and Mega Ice are looking to the future by developing female and youth skaters.

The annual general meeting of the HongKong Ice Hockey Association Limited (HKIHA) was held Nov. 22, 2008, at which its Chairman Yip Siu Yin donated HK$100,000 for the development of women and youth ice hockey in the Chinese territory.

As a registered member of the HKIHA, sports company Mega Ice followed the news closely as it too has worked studiously to improve Hong Kong’s female players and young skaters.

The HongKong Ice Hockey Association was established in 1980. Its mission is to promote ice hockey and inline-hockey in Hong Kong, provide advanced training to hockey players, as well as organize various levels of competition in accordance with international ice hockey rules.

The HKIHA is a registered full member with International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the associate member of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.

The IIHF has been actively involved in the sport’s Asian development, which was also bolstered with the launch of the professional Asian Hockey League, formed with China, Korea and Japan.

Mega Ice launched its operation in MegaBox Mall two years ago with a state-of-the-art rink. Measuring 26 metres by 57 metres, it is the only international-sized ice surface in Hong Kong. Situated in the Beehive atrium of MegaBox Mall, the venue offers a stunning 30-meter-wide glass window with full views of the harbor.

The gorgeous multi-purpose facility is also designed for performances, concerts, exhibitions, corporate and private functions – even birthday parties.

Prior to the completion of Mega Ice’s spectacular rink, the development of the sport was limited because of a lack of proper hockey-playing facilities. Mega Ice changed all that, however.

“With the lack of funding and limited in a full size hockey rink, our Hong Kong players had to overcome tremendous difficulties,” the HKIHA says on its website. “We believe that Hong Kong has the potential to thrive in the sport of ice hockey and our future is bright.”

About MegaIce:
The Mega Ice - - Ice Rink is the only international sized Ice Rink in Hong Kong bringing world class Ice Hockey, Ice skating and Figure Skating. A multi-purpose venue designed for performances, concerts, exhibitions, corporate and private functions and birthday parties.

For more information contact:
Keith Fong

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