CIHL Players Compete in U18 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia

Elite ice hockey league CIHL is proud to support some its development players as they compete as part of Team Hong Kong in the inaugural U18 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Challenge Cup of Asia. The tournament, taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from April 1-7, 2012, will see seven players who have seen CIHL action over the 2011-2012 season.

Central, CA, April 02, 2012 --( Ryan Wong, Hayes To, Chris Wettling and Lau Chi-lok have all played for the Kowloon Warriors, while goalie Jordan Yap and Justin Fan have been called up to the Hong Kong Tycoons. Jeffrey Tai was called up to the Macau Aces for one game. The representing Hong Kong team was selected by the Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association (HKIHA).

Currently in the middle of the CIHL Finals, the region’s only elite, full contact ice hockey league was established in order to promote and develop the sport throughout Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China. Earlier this season, the CIHL established a development structure with Hong Kong’s Super Division U14 and U18 leagues and already players from the U18 league have seen ice time as part of the CIHL.

CIHL co-founder and director Greg Smyth said: “The CIHL is proud to support all of Team Hong Kong as they compete in the first-ever U18 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia. We’re especially delighted to see so many of our CIHL development players representing Hong Kong and wish them all the best as they compete on an international stage.

“The development of Hong Kong ice hockey is a cornerstone of the CIHL. We look forward to strengthening that development and seeing the CIHL development players apply the skills they learn in the CIHL on an international stage.”

In the CIHL Finals, the Warriors have taken a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series against the South China Sharks, with Game 2 scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Game 3, if required, will take place on Saturday, April 21. Tickets for Games 2 and 3 are available at or by contacting

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All games are played at Mega Ice, with a game format of three, 12-minute periods of five-on-five hockey.

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About the CIHL
The CIHL was founded in 2010 to provide new opportunities for high-level, contact hockey in Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China as well as to champion sportsmanship and develop future generations of Chinese hockey.

The Royal Bank of Canada is the official league sponsor for the inaugural 2011-2012 CIHL season. This year, the league will feature four teams: the Hong Kong Tycoons, Kowloon Warriors, Macau Aces and South China Sharks

Every Saturday night from October 8 through April 21, the teams will face off at Mega Ice for two back-to-back games. Family entertainment, community events and on-ice kids’ competitions are aimed at making Saturdays a true “Hockey Night in Hong Kong.”

About Royal Bank of Canada
Proud supporters of amateur sport and the arts, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is the official league sponsor of the CIHL. As league sponsors, RBC will be supporting the CIHL and hockey in Hong Kong in several ways, including an opening night kids’ ticket promotion and the season-long Adopt-a-School Program. For every regular and playoff CIHL game, RBC will sponsor a school and provide 30 complimentary tickets for deserving students.

RBC is passionately committed to growing hockey from the grassroots level, through the RBC Play Hockey program in Canada and the United States and our partnerships with Hockey Canada, USA Hockey and the Hockey Hall of Fame. From the pond to the podium and from the early morning practices to the Saturday night game – RBC is proud to support the hard work and dedication that helps hockey happen.
Gregory Smyth
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