CIHL Champions Hong Kong Ice Hockey with Holm Glad Primary School

Top Quote Elite hockey league CIHL continues to champion the development and promotion of ice hockey with league sponsor Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) through their education initiative, the RBC Adopt-a-School program. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 06, 2012 - HONG KONG - The Mission Covenant Church Holm Glad Primary School in Kwun Tong is the latest school to join the program. On Saturday, March 10, 40 primary school students will watch the Kowloon Warriors face off against the Hong Kong Tycoons, followed by the South China Sharks against the Macau Aces in the semi-final round of the CIHL playoffs.

    Over 300 students will participate in this year's RBC Adopt-a-School program, which provides complimentary tickets for Hong Kong students and teachers to take part in a fun evening of Hong Kong ice hockey. The program provides a unique opportunity for students to enhance their learning through sport and for many students, the CIHL is their first opportunity to watch ice hockey live.

    "RBC and the Adopt-a-School program extend a warm welcome to Holm Glad Primary School," said Andrew Turczyniak, Head of Asia, RBC Wealth Management. "For many of the students, the CIHL will be their first introduction to the sport and we are excited to provide them with this opportunity."

    Although players will be busy getting ready for the knock-out semi-final games, a few will take time before the game to explain the sport to the students. During the games, players will sit with the students in the designated RBC Adopt-a-School section.

    "Hockey was a big part of my life growing up and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to watch one of the games with the students and hopefully pass on my enthusiasm to them," said South China Sharks leading scorer Jamie Stark. "I remember the excitement I felt each time I watched a game and I hope the students in the RBC Adopt-a-School program feel the same way about the CIHL."

    The winners of the semi-final round will then face-off in the CIHL Finals, a best-of-three series which will determine the inaugural CIHL champion. Following Saturday's semi-final, Game 1 of the CIHL Finals will take place on Saturday, March 17, with Game 2 scheduled for April 14 and Game 3, if necessary, on April 21.

    Tickets for all CIHL playoff games are are available at or by contacting info ( @ ) cihl dot com dot For up-to-the minute information, statistics and photographs, please visit or download or iPhone app from the iTunes store.

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

    For more information or to be part of the RBC Adopt-a-School program, please contact:
    Gregory Smyth at greg ( @ ) cihl dot com

    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 14, 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 RBC 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.

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