( 4 December 2010 by Chee Ee Laine)
Saturday, Dec 4 started off gloomy, but there was no mistaking the buzz around Sunway Pyramid Ice that evening. Hockey bags began to appear around the rink, as eager players prepared to take the ice one more time for the MIHF President's Cup.
First game of the day was the Division 3 final between Dexion Wildcubs and Metro Stars. Both teams exchanged the lead throughout the game before Wildcubs scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to clinch it 3-2. Dexion Asia's regional project manager Andrew Blummer and Mr Brent Simon presented the awards for the winners.
The second game featured Division 2 teams Warriors and Vipers. The Warriors cruised to a comfortable 3-0 lead before surrendering the next three goals for the Vipers to tie the game. Late in the third, the Warriors hunkered down and slotted in two goals to seal the win. Final score, 5-3. Warren Burrell, who was the league's chief referee, handed out the awards.
Up next was the marquee game between the Division 1 Asian Tigers and Taylors. The intensity was dialled up a notch as the players took to the ice, and the supporters made their allegiance known. Asian Tigers were up two goals when Taylors pulled one back and went into overdrive. Despite their best efforts, time ran out and Asian Tigers skated away with the win. MIHF Deputy President Haniff Mahmood was on hand to congratulate the players and presented the awards and league trophy to the winning team.
Roll of honor:
League Champion: Dexion Wildcubs
Tournament Runner-up: Metro Stars
Tournament Champion: Dexion Wildcubs
Best forward: Bryan Lim (Dexion Wildcubs)
Best defense: Thomas Simon (Dexion Wildcubs)
Tupling Family Trophy for Most Promising Player:
Inarah Sofiya Haniff (Metro Stars) and Andika Rees Pahamin Azhar(Dexion Wildcubs)
League Champion: Warriors
Tournament Runner-up: Vipers
Tournament Champion: Warriors
Best forward: Tan Kay Seng (Warriors)
Best defense: Jeremy Chee (Warriors)
Frank Johnstone trophy for Most Promising Goalkeeper: Ian Lee (Warriors)
League Champion: Teachers
Tournament Runner-up: Taylors
Tournament Champion: Asian Tigers
Best forward (Expat: Jeff Smith (Teachers)
Best defense (Local): Reezman Esa (Dexion Wildcats)
Best defense (Expat): Rick Pucci (Tenaga)
Tony Ryan trophy for Top Goalkeeper: David Munro (Teachers)
We also bade farewell to Warren Burrell who will return to Canada after being in Malaysia for more then 2 years. The support given by Warren to MIHF is tremendous. As a volunteer, he has been a game official in the past five leagues; coaching the new hockey students in our Learn to Play program every Fridays; coaching the intermediate session every Sundays. He is also the assistant coach for the Malaysia national team gearing for the Asian Winter Games 2011 next month. And finally, the hearing impaired students will miss him as he and Steven Tan are their coaches in our community program.
We will miss Warren and we wish him and his family all the best!
In 2009, the Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation (MIHF) put together the first-ever 3-on-3 ice hockey tournament in Asia. This year, the 2010 Malaysian International Ice Hockey Tournament is set to kick it up a notch from Sept 22 – 25 at Sunway Pyramid Ice, Bandar Sunway.
The tournament was a resounding success in 2009 with three divisions of Youth, Asian and International. In all, 17 teams from six countries competed for regional ice hockey supremacy. The unique format was a new experience for the fans and players alike.
We hope that 2010 will prove to be an even better event, with the warm hospitality of Malaysia shining through and efficient courteous service for our guests to Malaysia. Already there is a significant increase in participation, with new foreign teams participating for the first time.
To date, teams from Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei and Hong Kong have signed up for the International division while the Asian division will see teams from Singapore, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Philippines.
For the Youth divisions, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Taipei are slated to stake their claim in the tournament.
Last year's Asia division winner, Dexion Wildcats, will look to defend their title. The homegrown team will be the one to watch after clinching victory in a penalty shootout in from of a cheering crowd.
Report by Eelaine Chee
The "2010 Dexion Ice Hockey League" finals on Saturday, May 29 capped a five-month journey of hard work, dedication and sheer determination for some.
In the end, the victors and their opponents shared the stage to thank all sponsors, the organizing committee and volunteers involved.
The previous night had produced the longest game, regular season and playoffs, in Division 3 history when the Dexion Slayers-Metro Stars playoff game surpassed the five-minute OT and went into two rounds of shootout. The winner, Dexion Slayers, moved on to meet Dexion Wildcubs in the finals but the better team prevailed as Wildcubs clinched the title with a 4-1 win.
For the Division 2 finals, it was Warriors against a familiar foe, Vipers. After last season's heartbreaking loss in the finals, Warriors were determined to reclaim the title. They kept their cool despite Vipers coming from behind to tie the game at four goals apiece and hung on to win 5-4 in OT.
When the big boys took the ice, the crowd already was anticipating for more. The back-and-forth took place for both evenly matched teams but the KL Cobras found the extra gear needed to get the job done.
Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and AirAsia's Dato Seri Tony Fernandes presented the trophies for Divisions 3 and 2, respectively and congratulated the teams on a job well done.
The awards ceremony took place at the Cobra Club in Petaling Jaya on Sunday, with MIHF President Datuk Lee Hwa Beng and Dexion Asia's Frank Johnstone handing out the medals. A light dinner was served beforehand, allowing the players, parents, volunteers and family time to relax and mingle.
The 130-strong crowd cheered on as the winners of special awards were announced. Goodbyes and hugs were exchanged, with talks of the next season already underway.
Roll of Honours
· DEXION Ice Hockey Challenge Trophy
o Champion – KL Cobras
o 2nd Placing – KL Tigers
· League Champion – KL Cobras
· Special Awards
o Best Forward (Local) – Gary Tan Khia Peng (DEXION Wildcats)
o Best Forward (Expat) – Patt Webb (KL Tigers)
o Best Defenseman (Local) – Ahmad Bazli bin Abu Safian (DEXION Wildcats)
o Best Defenseman (Expat) – Peter Coolen (KL Cobras)
o “Tony Ryan Trophy” for Top Goalkeeper
§ Tengku Muhd Azlly (DEXION Wildcats)
· DEXION Ice Hockey Challenge Trophy
o Champion – Warriors
o 2nd Placing – Vipers
· League Champion - Warriors
· Special Awards
o Best Forward – Jeff Pilat (Vipers)
o Best Defenseman – Jeremy Chee Tack Hoong (Warriors)
o “Frank Johnstone Trophy” for The Most Promising Goalkeeper
§ Vincent Hsiao Yu (Warriors)
o DEXION Ice Hockey Challenge Trophy
o Champion – DEXION Wildcubs
o 2nd Placing – DEXION Slayers
o 3rd Placing – METRO Star
o League Champion – DEXION Wildcubs
o Special Awards
o Best Forward – Bryan Lim Chee Ming (DEXION Wildcub)
o Best Defenseman – Eiley Lane Traherne Tarlton (DEXION Slayers)
o “Tupling Family Trophy” for The Most Promising Player
§ Vinodraj Sundram (METRO Star)
§ Aqeel bin Hisham (METRO Star)
28th June 2010
Dear Ice Hockey Players;
On behalf of the Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation we would like to extend our most gracious invitation to
the “2010 Malaysia International Ice Hockey Tournament” to take place from Sept 22 – 25, 2010 at
Sunway Pyramid Ice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The tournament was a resounding success in 2009 with three divisions of Youth, Asian and International.
In all, 17 teams from six countries competed for regional Ice Hockey supremacy. The unique format was
a new experience for the fans and players alike.
We hope that 2010 will prove to be an even better event, with the warm hospitality of Malaysia shining
through and efficient courteous service for our guests to Malaysia.
For those not familiar with the tournament, it is hosted at Sunway Pyramid Ice; part of the integrated
Sunway Resort which encompasses two hotels, a theme park, a large shopping mall, hospital, university,
countless restaurants and other nightlife establishments. The proximity of such facilities will ensure a
varied and fulfilling experience at the tournament.
All proceeds from the tournament will go toward youth ice hockey development and to worthy charities
in Malaysia. The Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation firmly believes that sport is a vehicle to make a
difference in people’s lives, and we hope through your assistance and participation that this will be
Please see the attachment for information about tournament fees and the registration form. Deadline for
registration is Aug 31, 2010.
We look forward to seeing you in Malaysia.
Yours in Hockey,
Dato Lee Hwa Beng
Report by Ee Laine Chee
The Malaysian ice hockey team went into the 2010 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia as one of the teams to watch at the tournament after bringing home the bronze medal in 2009 and sweeping the MVP, best defenseman and goalie awards. This year, Malaysia was drawn into Group B with Thailand, Macau, Singapore and Kuwait. Group A was host Chinese Taipei, UAE, Hong Kong, Mongolia.
The team opened their campaign with convincing wins against Kuwait and Macau but was outplayed by Thailand. A tie with Singapore closed out the group stages, and the team faced last year's host UAE in the semifinals. The team struggled in the first period, but dug deep to claw their way back into the game.
In the bronze medal game, Malaysia faced Thailand in a rematch of the top teams in Group B. A determined Thai team bested our players once again to claim the final podium spot as Chinese Taipei went up against UAE in the title game. Malaysia's Ban Kin Loke won the best forward award, while Thailand's Neimwan Likit won best defenseman and UAE's Khaled Al Suvaidi won best goalie.
By Y.P. SIVAM
Official Schedule has been announced! Get it here.
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THE National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) has endorsed the Malaysian Ice Hockey Federation (MIHF) development programmes.
And the NHLPA has selected the MIFH as a recipient of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund for the season.
Brand new: Lee (fifth from left) handing over the equipment to the players.
MIHF president Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said they were pleased with the NHLPA’s recognition.
“The NHLPA donated equipment and attire worth almost RM40,000. The contribution will certainly help us in the promotion and development of ice hockey at grassroots level.
“We, at the MIHF, are looking forward to a great partnership with not only the NHLPA but also the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF),’’ said Lee after the handing over ceremony recently.
The NHLPA Goal & Dreams programme was launched in 1999 as a way for the players to give something back to the game.
Since then, Goals & Dreams have donated full sets of equipment to over 13,000 under privileged children in 20 countries.
The programme has also contributed 75 ice re-surfacers and about 110 sets of board and glass to community arenas in Europe and North America.
After eight years of success with the programme, following the 2006-2007 season, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Advisory Board made the decision to focus solely on providing player equipment to children and families who could not otherwise afford it.
NHLPA Goals & Dreams is funded by NHL players who annually allocate over US$1mil to the fund, in order to help children and youth around the world get involved in the game.
The players established the fund recognising the role that hockey can play in developing a strong body and mind.
MIHF secretary Susan Loh said the NHLPA’s contribution was timely as there was a keen interest among youngsters to take up ice hockey as an activity.
“The equipment will be used for trainees in the ice hockey schools. We have a lot of youngsters involved in the programme. With the equipment, we hope to invite more children to our training sessions,’’ said Loh.
Under the leadership of Lee, the MIHF has made a tremendous impact in the international scene.
In 2007, Malaysia made their debut in the Asian Winter Games in Changchun, China. Malaysia also finished on podium in the 2008 and 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia in Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi respectively.
In the last three years, there has been an increase in the number of ice hockey enthusiasts.
The MIHF organises a league twice a year. The current league has three divisions with 11 teams.
Expatriates in Malaysia have also contributed immensely to the MIHF programmes.
Besides playing in the Division One, the foreign players also double up as coaches to the young players.
Lee said the expatriates have been very helpful to the MIHF’s mission and vision.
“We appreciate their support. We hope they will continue to work with MIHF in realising our dreams,’’ said Lee.
The "2010 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia (CCOA)" held in Chinese Taipei from 27 March - 5 April is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) The governing body of international hockey has been instrumental in helping develop ice hockey in non-winter countries. Their continous support has ensured the growth of ice hockey in Asia.
Malaysia won the silver in year 2008. Malaysian Kim Loke was voted the tournament's MVP. Six countries took part in the 2008 CCOA.
In year 2009, Malaysia captured the bronze in Abu Dhabi. A total of 8 countries participated. Match best player are Jamil Mohktar, Jeremy Chee, Khoo Seng Chee and Teh Ton Tee.
Malaysian Jamil Mokhtar was awarded the "Best Defenseman" and Tengku Azlly the "Best Goaltender" of the tournament.
Participating countries in this year CCOA Chinese Taipei are India, Kuwait, UAE, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Macau, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
Append below is the Malaysia contingent for Chinese Taipei. We wish our players all the best in the tournament!!!!
THE IIHF CHALLENGE CUP OF ASIA 2010
CHINESE TAIPEI (27 MARCH – 5 APRIL)
Susan Loh Team Manager
Patrick MacDonald Head Coach
Martin Koloc Assistant Coach
Ronald Fauvel Sport Therapist
Chee Ee Laine Assistant Manager
Tan Khia Peng Captain
Haniff bin Mahmood Assistant
Moi Jia Yung Assistant
Ahmad Bazli bin Abu Safian
Edmond Ng Eng Kuan
Gabriel Ong Meng Huei
Jamil David bin Ahmad Mokhtar
Jeremy Chee Tack Hoong
Khairil Azrul bin Azizan
Khoo Seng Chee
Loke Ban Kin
Nicholas Yong Kee Hin
Reezman bin Isa
Tan Kay Seng
Teh Ton Tee
Vincent Matthew Loh
Yap Eu Jin
Yeoh Keong Yau
Tengku Muhd Azlly bin Tg Abdillah
Vincent Shiao Yu