CIHL Supports Local Hockey with Community Night

Top Quote Celebrating Hong Kong's local ice hockey community, CIHL will host its inaugural Community Night - an evening dedicated to promoting the sport and the players who participate in the league. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 15, 2011 - On Saturday, December 17, starting at 8 p.m. at Mega Ice in Kowloon Bay, the CIHL will host a community skate, a kids' skills competition and the first CIHL All-Star Game, featuring the top players from the Hong Kong Tycoons, Kowloon Warriors, Macau Aces and South China Sharks.

    Tickets for Community Night and all other CIHL games are available at or by contacting grant ( @ ) cihl dot com dot Priced at HK$199, tickets include the All-Star Game and the community open skate (skate rental is complimentary for the evening on a first-come-first-served basis) dot Tickets for Community Night are included in all season ticket packages but can also be purchased as part of a five-game flex pack dot

    With over 1,000 players in Hong Kong, including several hundred youth players, Community Night is a unique opportunity for players of all levels, including future CIHL prospects, and members of the community to come together and appreciate the game.

    "The CIHL began, in part, to fulfill the growing demand for elite, full contact ice hockey and raise the bar on the sport in the region," CIHL co-founder Gregory Smyth said. "By playing high level hockey and exposing Hong Kong's youth players to this level of play and sportsmanship, we hope to increase participation in the sport at all levels and age groups. Community Night is a great way to bring everyone from the beginner skater to our star CIHL players together for what will be fun and affordable family entertainment."

    The All-Star Game will feature league sponsor RBC facing off against Hong Kong Tycoons team sponsor Quam.

    "RBC is proud to support the CIHL and the All-Star Game," said Andrew Turczyniak, Head of Asia, RBC Wealth Management. "Some excellent hockey has been played over the first half of the season and we're looking forward to cheering on Team RBC as they compete in the first All-Star Game."

    The regular season will resume January 7, 2012. All games during the regular and post-season are played at Mega Ice, with a game format of three, 12-minute periods of five-on-five hockey.

    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

    On Saturday nights 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 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 committed to helping hockey from the grassroots level, through the RBC Play Hockey program in Canada and the United States and its partnerships with Hockey Canada, USA Hockey and the Hockey Hall of Fame. From the pond to the podium, from early morning practices to late Saturday night games - RBC is proud to support the hard work and dedication that helps hockey happen.

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

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