CIHL Celebrates the Best of Hong Kong Hockey

Top Quote Hong Kong elite ice hockey league CIHL celebrated the best of its sophomore 2012-2013 season with an awards night that saw South China Sharks captain Jamie Stark named the season's Most Valuable Player. Sharks forward Anthony Devolz picked up MVP Playoff honours for his three goal performance which led the Sharks to their first victory in the RBC Asia Cup. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 04, 2013 - Hosted at Loft, players from the CIHL championship winning Sharks, the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors, Quam Hong Kong Tycoons and the Macau Aces gathered to celebrate a second successful season as Hong Kong's first elite, full contact hockey league.

    The Sharks' championship season included winning the regular season title and for his efforts, Reto Broennimann was named GM of the Year. Shark Craig Roessel was named Best Defenseman, while Stark picked up another award for being awarded the most number of New York Fries Three Star Awards.

    Warriors captain Greg Smyth picked up his second consecutive award for his offensive efforts, earning the Most Points Regular Season award. Team mate Grant Phillips was named Best Goalie, while Samuel Wheeler picked up a pair of awards for his breakout 2012-2013 season, winning Best Forward and Rookie of the Year.

    An integral part of the 2012-2013 season included further developing the partnership between the CIHL and youth ice hockey club the Hong Kong Typhoons. Several of the Typhoons' U18 players made their CIHL debuts this season, with some seeing ice time on a regular basis. One prospect to watch is regular CIHL call-up Korbinian Lutz, who earned this season's Top U18 Prospect award.

    Commented CIHL co-founder and director Greg Smyth: "The CIHL would like to congratulate all the players who won a CIHL award this season and thank all of our players for their commitment, dedication and support in making the CIHL a success. We are proud to be setting the bar on the sport in the region and we look forward to further developing the sport for an even stronger 2013-2014 season."

    In addition to celebrating individual players for their standout on-ice performances, the CIHL thanked its partners for their support this season, including league sponsor Royal Bank of Canada, Warriors title sponsor AsiaXPAT and Tycoons title sponsor Quam.

    Preparations for the 2013-2014 CIHL season are currently underway, with the schedule to be announced shortly. Applications for the 2013-2014 RBC CIHL Intern Program are currently being accepted with further information available at

    Stay up to date with all the news and information from the CIHL through the league's website at and the free iPhone app, available at the iTunes store, which allows fans to access on-demand video clips, game highlights, photographs, statistics, schedules and player information.

    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. This year, the league features four teams: the Quam Hong Kong Tycoons, AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors, Macau Aces and South China Sharks. Family entertainment, community events and on-ice kids' competitions are aimed at making Saturdays a true "Hockey Night in Hong Kong". The official website of the CIHL is and a free iPhone app is available through the iTunes store.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Gregory Smyth, CIHL, greg ( @ ) cihl dot com

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