Newsletter, April 2019

2019 SCIHL Finals
WEST KOWLOON, HONG KONG – 24th March, 2019

– Written by The Enigma
The SCIHL finals took place at Elements shopping mall in West Kowloon in front of expectant fans as defending champions Sapporo took on the heavily experienced Sam Wai Raptors. Both teams had reached the finals with 2-0 series sweeps despite mediocre regular season form seeing them finish 3rd and 4th place in the standings, stepping up and playing some of their best hockey in the playoffs.

The finals ceremony was attended by Jeff Nankivell (Consul General of Canada for Hong Kong and Macao), Lowie Edjan (Group General Manager of Telford International, Sapporo Distributor), Gregory Smyth (Co-Founder and Chairman of China Hockey Group) and SCIHL Commissioner Art Tam.

The opening period of the game saw Sapporo start with intensity but Sam Wai goalie Loron Orris made some key saves early on that set the tone for his teammates. The period was closely fought but superstar and first overall pick Mike Yoshino then spurred into action, rushing down the ice and rounding Sapporo goaltender Kevin Rushton to put a pass in the crease where veteran Bruce Hicks tucked in the first goal of the game with just 4 seconds remaining in the period. 1-0 Sam Wai.

The second period was all Sam Wai, where Michael Dick and Yoshino made the score 3-0 within 37 seconds of each other, cashing in using their lethal powerplay for the team’s second goal and creating traffic in front for the team’s third. Sapporo were dealt a blow losing leading scorer Dan Paterson for the majority of the game, and it showed as Sam Wai took control of the period. Sapporo’s Jason Yee scored a good individual effort on the powerplay to make the score 3-1 midway through the second, but Yoshino added has 8th and 9th goal of the playoffs to complete his hat trick before the period was over. Clearly a fan favourite, hats scattered on to the ice as fans had clearly anticipated the league’s leading scorer having a dominant performance this evening. The second period ended 5-1 to Sam Wai, one hand on the cup and what appeared to be no way back for Sapporo.

However, the third period saw a shift of momentum as Sapporo came out with a point to prove as they desperately tried to claw their way back into the game. Sapporo’s oft-absent, but proven playoff performer Ryan Grimes gave the team some hope, blowing a slapshot through Orris’ 5-hole to bring the score to 5-2. Sam Wai looked to be holding on until the last minute of the game, where Sapporo pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and captain Paul Chai deflected a David Rhee shot into the net with 37 seconds left to go to make it 5-3. Still with the goalie pulled, Sapporo continued to push forward and Chai added his second of the game with just 16 seconds left after a scramble in front of Sam Wai’s net, adding late late drama to the championship game and making the score 5-4. With a faceoff in the Sam Wai zone, and with Sapporo looking to tie the game with their third goal using the extra-attacker, Sapporo’s Josh Steinhaus won the faceoff to Rhee, who had his point shot heroically blocked by Sam Wai’s Michael Dick to preserve the win. A 5-4 final score and massive joy and relief for the Sam Wai team as they clinch their first SCIHL championship. Yoshino showed how valuable he was to the team, collecting 5 points on all 5 Sam Wai goals to finish the playoff leading scorer with 14 points in 3 games, ahead of Ryan Grimes who collected 11 points in 3 games. Keith Fong did the honours as he collected the trophy in front of jubilant teammates and fans, the last play of a hard fought 2018-19 SCIHL season.

We would like to thank all the sponsors and support for another exciting and successful SCIHL season. Also thanks to all the players, fans, refs and staff. We look forward to continuing to grow the league and the sport of hockey in Hong Kong and Asia, and without everyone this would not be possible.

Playoff Champions: Sam Wai Raptors
Playoff Runner Up: Sapporo
Consolation Winner (First Option at 2019 Draft): Bravo
Regular Season Champions: Lucky Dawgs
Scoring Leader: Michael Yoshino (Sam Wai)
Goal Leaders: Francis Lam (Bravo) & Jason Klotz (Hong Win)

For full stats and standings on the SCIHL, please visit www.SCIHL.com

Scotiabank Island League (U10 and U8)
HONG KONG – 26th + 31st March, 2019
Warriors Capture U10 Scotiabank Island League

The fourth seeded Little Warriors shocked their competitors, ousting the top ranked Little Aces 5-1 in the semi-final before dismantling the Little Tycoons by the same score to lift the Championship trophy in the U10 Scotiabank Island League division. Kristie Chan’s hat-trick powered the Warriors to an early 4-0 lead, and the underdogs never looked back, shutting down the dangerous offensive core of Jack Welch and Emryk Zhong.

Tycoons Explode in Third Period; Hoist U8 Cup

A three goal performance from Scotiabank Island League superstar Landon Chow lifted the Mini Tycoons above their Mini Aces counterparts 5-3 in the U8 final. With the teams tied at two heading into the third, three goals in quick succession flattened their opposition and was enough to claim the top prize despite a consolation goal from Aces’ offensive stalwart Mitchell Smyth.

In addition to the Island League play, the Junior Tigers run a number of developmental programs such as Learn to Skate and Power Skating. For more information on how to register your child for Junor Tigers programming next season, please contact Jeff Ceccacci at jeff@hktigers.com.
HKIHL Winners
HONG KONG – 8th + 9th April, 2019
The rejuvenated Hong Kong Inline Hockey League concluded this month with plenty of memorable moments and a great time had by all involved. Special thanks to sponsors Mikei, Sam Wai Toys, TC Sports and Homely Sportswear for pushing inline hockey in Hong Kong. A big thank you also to all the players, refs and scorekeepers that helped put on such a successful season.

For more information on the HKIHL please visit their Facebook page @HKInlineHockey

Congratulations to the Kings, champions of Division 1 HKIHL
Newly crowned Division 2 Champions TC Sports
2019 CCM Thailand Cup
Bangkok, THAILAND – 21st -23rd March, 2019

– Excerpt from the Bangkok Post
Steel blades gliding on an inch of ice, weaving through heavy traffic of players and slapping a piece of hard rubber into a six by four goal frame, took centre stage this past weekend at the inaugural CCM Thailand Cup. The new Ice Hockey tournament, sponsored by CCM Thailand was a smashing success with competitive and exciting games.  A total of thirteen teams from Asia, battled in three divisions with one goal in mind – to win the ultimate Championship. The three divisions were categorized by the ages under 10, under 12 and under 14 with players coming from China, Taipei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Thailand.

The Kunlun Red Star from China defeated the Siam Select Blue from Thailand in a thrilling U10 final which required two overtime periods to declare a winner. However, the Siam Select Blue did win gold in the U12 and U14 divisions. The Siam Select Yellow won the bronze in the U10 Division. The Taipei Tigers took the bronze in the U12 division and the Asian All Stars won theirs in U14.

After the final game, the organizers put on a Skills Competition with three events – the fastest skater, puck control relay and the breakaway event. The fastest skater was a timed event as the players in each division skated around the rink to see who would finish in the shortest amount of time. The puck control relay was a team event as it required players to stickhandle through a set number of cones. Finally, the breakaway contest was to see which team would score the most goals with eight shot attempts.

The popularity of Ice Hockey in Thailand continues to grow thanks in large part to the number of tournaments and events that is organized. With the support from The Rink, JOG Sports, Powerplay Sports & Entertainment, Asia Ice Events has put together a solid line up of events that they now have under their management.

Tournament Director Keith Fong said ‘The key is to be able to work with good partners and work as a team. Ultimately, it is to bring the competitive atmosphere and smiles to all the players. Through Ice Hockey and team sports, players at any ages can learn life lessons such as respect and teamwork.’

With the success of the inaugural event, organizers are already discussing the dates for the 2020 which is rumoured to be in late January.

2019 City of Angels Tournament in Media
Bangkok, THAILAND – 27th-30th March, 2019
Please click the following links for various tournament summaries throughout the media:

The Nation – http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/sports/30366922?fbclid=IwAR1_7UHgrqhH2aJp40hCutczj0IfjWu21fhZjPVy3KG8o9K6W3oaXfRRoQY

The Phuket News – https://www.thephuketnews.com/late-phuketian-honoured-at-bangkok-ice-hockey-tournament-70967.php?fbclid=IwAR1KEeEJ-GRriOwuFgQbLf0OVpWbJyOGlbGqykvPH0ySwAyneD7EWav2nZY#TWfm2R205tcJh53t.97

Tourist Bangkok – https://touristbangkok.com/city-of-angels-bangkok-2019/?fbclid=IwAR3ZKh_aq0FG99da4iE2asHmJBx8mhF-jzTSm0HY6lqIsAvZEYvKFTXC-SI

Upcoming Events
The 2019 Greater Bay Championships is coming to Shenzhen. Youth divisions – May 2nd-4th and Adult divisions May 9th-11th. Pre-registration is now open.  Visit www.GreaterBayChampionships.com or email admin@powerplayse.com for registration and further details
Powerplay is excited to work with Asia Ice Events on several exciting events in 2019. Please check out the full schedule as shown here and contact us if you require any further information
The 2019 Tropical Freeze youth tournament takes place in Bangkok from the 10th to 13th of July. Please visit www.AsiaIceEvents.com for registration and information
The highly renowned Land of Smiles tournament in Bangkok celebrates its 25th annual tournament this year. Youth divisions run from October 23rd to 26th and Adult divisions run from October 29th to November 2nd. For registration and more information click here
The 3-on-3 Empire Hockey League continues at Dragon Centre, Sham Shui Po. LPP players are still welcome to play. For further information visit www.empirehockeyleague.com

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