Two all star games recently organized and hosted by MegaIce Hong Kong have showcased the depth and breadth of Hong Kong ice hockey talent - a timely warning for the Hong Kong Ice Hockey League's competition in upcoming events like the Challenge Cup of Asia.
The first of two, a Division 1 All Star Game was held on January 17th, 2009. Coors Light sponsored the teams, naming them Coors Red and Coors White. The hour-long game was held in the early evening at MegaIce, with free admission to help promote the sport in Hong Kong. 22 of the Division's top players competed in the game, drawn from four leagues and over 20 teams.
MegaIce's Deputy General Manager, Keith Fong, believed that 'The unity that players from previously different teams can possess when they need to was the stunning thing about the game".
"We saw some hard, fast skating and some edge-of-your-seat goals, but for me, the teamwork was the most impressive thing".
The Division 1 All-Star Game was followed closely by the Inaugural Chinese New Year Cup at MegaIce, played between the Hong Kong SAR National Team and the Hong Kong Hitmen. The Chinese New Year Cup was this year used as a warm-up game for the Challenge Cup of Asia, to be held in Abu Dhabi from March 15-20, 2009.
"The national team will need to keep their skills finely honed to stave off the Hitmen in future", says Mr Fong. "We saw the quick thinking, daring moves and toughness that have won the Hitmen Asian Division titles in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. Together, the National Team and the Hitmen really showed the world that Hong Kong ice hockey is a new force in winter sports".
Mega Ice rink measuring size at 26 metres by 57 metres, is the only international sized, largest in Hong Kong. Situated in the Beehive atrium of MegaBox next to a 30-meter glass window with full views of the harbour, we are the Hong Kong's first venue to be able to host Olympic qualifying games and international leagues. The facility had further advanced Hong Kong's position as the host of world tournaments in ice sports. Aiming to bring Hong Kong for the first time world-class International skating competitions like Asian Figure Skating Championships, the Asian Short Track Speed Skating Championships. A multi-purpose venue designed for performances, concerts, exhibitions, corporate and private functions and even birthday parties.
For more information please contact:
Mega Ice - Deputy General Manager
Rink Management Group Limited
Unit 1, Level 10 MegaBox, 38 Wang Chiu Road,
Mobile: (852) 9181 1662
Fax: (852) 2709 4030
Email: keith ( @ ) megaice dot com dot hk