Hong Kong Elite Hockey Returns To The Ice For 2012-13 Season Royal Bank Of Canada Returns As CIHL League Sponsor

Top Quote Elite ice hockey league CIHL returns to the ice for the 2012-2013 season as Asia's coolest sport continues to grow and expand throughout the Southern China region. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 26, 2012 - HONG KONG - Back for a second consecutive year as the league's official sponsor is Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), which continues to support the four-team league as well as the successful Adopt-a-School program that provides opportunities for students to get involved with ice hockey and the CIHL. RBC will also be an important part of the new RBC CIHL Intern Program.

    The 2012-2013 season of Hong Kong's first contact hockey league will begin on Saturday, October 6 at Mega Ice in Kowloon Bay with a double header involving the Quam Hong Kong Typhoons, the South China Sharks, the Macau Aces and the defending CHIL champions, the AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors.

    The CIHL's 15-week regular season runs from October through February, and is capped by a best-of-three game semi-finals series and a winner-takes-all final game in March, 2013. The puck drops for the first game at 8:00 p.m., with the second game scheduled at 9:30 p.m.

    "Following our successful debut season last year, the CIHL is delighted to return for what we expect to be an even more entertaining and competitive season," CIHL co-founder Gregory Smyth said. "We have introduced several new elements, ranging from the establishment of our intern program to the solidification of our partnerships with youth hockey club, the Hong Kong Typhoons. This will no doubt further the development of the sport and continue our commitment of raising the bar for hockey in the region."

    New this season is the CIHL Intern Program, which features former Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) players joining CIHL teams, while developing their professional skills through internships at prestigious Hong Kong firms and coaching youth hockey.

    With over 1,000 players of all levels in Hong Kong, the CIHL is continuing its commitment to developing the sport with a stronger partnership with the Hong Kong Typhoons and the U18 and U14 programs.

    RBC has again committed to sponsoring tickets for the RBC Adopt-a-School program, which invites students of all ages to take part in CIHL games and learn about the values of sport and sportsmanship.

    "The Royal Bank of Canada is delighted once again to support the CIHL and the RBC Adopt a School program, and to support the RBC CIHL Intern Program," said Andrew Turczyniak, Head, RBC Wealth Management - Asia. "RBC is passionate about supporting youth sports and the on- and off-ice values associated with hockey. Through the continuation of our partnership, RBC is excited to have the opportunity to create further interest in the sport, and to continue to provide an avenue for elite-level hockey to grow in Hong Kong and throughout the region."

    CIHL season tickets are available through or by contacting Richard Alanthwaite at ricky ( @ ) cihl dot com dot A pair of season tickets is priced at HK$3,888 while the family pack of four is HK$5,888 dot Individual game night tickets, valid for both games, are HK$150 dot

    The CIHL has created an online and mobile community through its comprehensive league and team websites, as well as its free iPhone app, which allows fans to access on-demand video clips, game highlights, photographs, statistics, schedules and player information.

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

    CIHL 2012-2013 Calendar*

    October 6 - Opening Night and Week 1
    October 13 - Regular Season Week 2
    October 20 - Regular Season Week 3
    November 3 - Regular Season Week 4
    November 10 - Regular Season Week 5
    November 17 - Regular Season Week 6
    November 24 - Regular Season Week 7
    December 1 - Regular Season Week 8
    December 8 - Regular Season Week 9
    January 5 - Regular Season Week 10
    January 12 - Regular Season Week 11
    January 19 - Regular Season Week 12
    January 26 - Regular Season Week 13
    February 2 - Regular Season Week 14
    February 16 - Regular Season Week 15
    February 23 - Playoffs - CIHL Semifinals Week 1
    March 2 - Playoffs - CIHL Semifinals Week 2
    March 9 - Playoffs - CIHL Semifinals Week 3 (if required) or CIHL Finals
    March 16 - CIHL Finals (if required)

    * Calendar subject to change. All game nights begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

    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 will feature four teams: the Quam Hong Kong Tycoons, AsiaXPAT Kowloon Warriors, Macau Aces and South China Sharks

    On Saturday nights from October, 6 2012 through March 16, 2013, 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". The official website of the CIHL is and a free iPhone app is available through the iTunes store.

    About Royal Bank of Canada -
    Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and investor services on a global basis. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 51 other countries. For more information, please visit

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

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