Newsletter, October, 2019

SCIHL Opening Night
ELEMENTS, HONG KONG, 13th October, 2019
The SCIHL opened their 5th season since it was reintroduced at Elements shopping mall in West Kowloon. Opening night was well attended, and the opening puck drop featured special guests Greg Smyth (Co-Founder of the China Hockey Group), Lowie Edjan (Telford International, Sapporo distributer), Art Tam (SCIHL Commissioner) and Jeff Nankivell (Consol General of Canada for Hong Kong and Macao).

Spectators were treated to an opening night full of action as Sapporo crushed CHG in the first game 8-2 led by league newcomers Yam Yau and Francois Esterhuizen, who put up big nights for Sapporo. It was however stand-in captain Justin Kuok that stole the show (sore back and all), registering 7 points on Sapporo’s 8 goals against his former GM Allan Yee, clearly showing he had something to prove against his former team.

The following game saw league favourite Sam Wai Raptors defeat InetAsia 4-2 in a tight contest. Defenseman Gene Cheh justified his first round selection with a first star performance. This game had significance in that it featured many of the  SCIHL stars from the good old Dragon Centre days. Niels “Hollywood” Bakker, Shane Weir and Paul Luciw made highly anticipated returns to the league, and Bruce Hicks, Grant Phillips, Gene Cheh, Jim Wong and Keith Fong rounded up the reunion; all that was missing was an appearance by Tom Barnes!

The last game saw a huge comeback from Bravo and league superstar Michael Yoshino as they stormed back from a 3 goal deficit to salvage a point against Jackie Chan’s (no not that Jackie Chan) Rula Live team. Rula Live managed to finally secure the 2 points in the shootout though, Justin Wong with the fancy shootout goal to get his team off to a winning start.

A great opening night filled with laughs and a few drinks (including a fancy new Gatorade sponsorship). Big thanks to everyone that attended to make it so memorable.

The SCIHL would like to thank all the sponsors, players, staff and supporters for their continued support of the league. The SCIHL community is a great example of how fun and exciting hockey can be in Hong Kong. For further information please visit the league website www.SCIHL.com

Greater Bay Hockey League (GBHL) Inaugural Season Opener
COASTAL CITY, SHENZHEN – 18th+19th October, 2019
A successful debut of the newly formed GBHL took place mid-October. The GBHL is the first cross-border youth ice hockey league in South China, aimed at diversifying the young players experience of hockey in the region.

The league kicked off with the U8 division at Coastal City, Shenzhen, where an exciting game was played between the Junior Tigers (Hong Kong) and the Bumblebee team (Shenzhen). The Junior Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in what was looking to be a one sided affair, only for Bumblebee to storm back and tie the game up with 3 straight goals of their own. Both teams had to settle for a tie after the 3 on 3 overtime period ended without a goal, which seemed a fair result as neither team deserved to lose.

The Kunlun Red Star team were the standout performers of the weekend, winning all three of their games. Hard fought victories over Bumblebee (3-2) and the Junior Tigers (3-2) means they sit atop the league standings after the first set of games. Shenzhen based Eagles will look to bounce back as they finished 0-3 after putting in a solid effort in the first round.

The GBHL continues with the U12 division on the 26th and 27th of October at the Coastal City ice rink. For all the information regarding scheduling, scores and stats, please visit www.GreaterBayHockeyLeague.com

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