HONG KONG, April 7, 2017 - As the 10th anniversary celebrations for the largest Ice Hockey 5’s is in the pipeline, mega preparations are under way to create a quite unique atmosphere for the 2017 tournament .
Ahead of the 2017 Mega Ice Hockey 5’s press conference, a special training was organized for the reporters in the Asian young reporters camp in Hongkong to get them hands on information, and also learn more about the game, thanks to Head Coach Barry Beck who took the reporters through the practical sessions
“I did try ice skating, very interesting, though challenging game that requires so much balance, at least now I know the basic rules of Hockey”, Guliza Avazova a young reporter from Kyrgyzstan said.
A mega press launch will be held on 11 April 2017 at Mega Ice, Kowlon Bay. “The mega ice Hockey 5’s, Hongkongs premier annual international and largest ice hockey tournament, is delighted to invite members of the media to attend the press launch for the 2017 Mega Ice Hockey”, the director Czarina Man emphasized.
Sumi Chau of the Hongkong women's hockey team, who recently completed in the 2017 Asian winter games in Sapporo will unveil details of 2017 tournament along withPenguins Academy future stars.
This years tournament has already attracted 90 teams from 14 countries including international A three consecutive A Pandoo Nation from Singapore, and debutant CCCP from Russia, Abu Dhabi Aeros from UAE and Buccaneers from Australia.
10 youth teams or more (Divisions U8, U10, U12, U14, U16) will be competing in the upcoming 2017 MegaIce Hockey 5’s. As part of the Junior National Team program and its additional tournaments, HKIHA hopes upcoming youth players will develop quicker by competing together in various tournaments. Each team will comprise of 13-16 players. There won't be a U18 Team for this tournament; players born 2000 or earlier will be required to compete in the Adult Division.
Mega Ice is the largest ice rink in Hong Kong, measuring 26 metres by 57 metres, and is the only international sized rink in the city. Situated in the Beehive Atrium of MegaBox next to a 30-metre glass window, with full harbour views, Mega Ice is Hong Kong's first venue with the ability to host Olympic qualifying games and international leagues. The Facility has further advanced Hong Kong's position as a host of international tournaments in ice sports. Aiming for the first time to bring world-class international skating and hockey competitions to Hong Kong, such as the Asian Figure Skating Championships, the Asian Short Track Speed Skating Championships and IIHF Women's Hockey World Championships. Mega Ice is a multi-purpose venue designed for performances, concerts, exhibitions, corporate and private functions and even birthday parties!