Philippines’ Biggest International Ice Hockey Tourney debuts Nov 25

Posted: 11/27/2015 in Entertainment, Ice Hockey

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The Philippines through SM Skating will host the biggest international ice hockey tournament with 16 teams, equivalent to 300 players, from both the youth and the adults. On November 25-28, The republic’s hockey representatives– Team Pilipinas– will go head-to-head with countries: Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand in an exhilarating 3-day competition.

Emerging out of the ice is the Philippines’ coolest team sport, Ice Hockey. An underdog in the roster of Philippine athletics, ice hockey has rapidly risen to the top with a passionate Philippine team who has led the country to victories across Southeast Asia this 2015. Now ready with a capable Olympic rink, the Philippines through SM Skating took a step in hosting biggest international ice hockey competition.

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The Philippine team, coined “Team Pilipinas,” will compete against Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand and in a 3-day tournament at the newly-opened outdoor SM Skating rink located across Mall of Asia Arena and SMX. Team Pilipinas had recently stricken gold, taking home top awards in Malaysia for the Peewees category and in Hong Kong for the Men’s international category. The international tournament will be open to Adult Men’s, Bantams (ages 16 under), Peewees (ages 12 under), and Squirts (ages 10 under). Confident in their capability to compete against global countries, team coach Carl Montano expresses, “the 2015 Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament (PIHT) is a good ground to further build and hone the skill of our hockey players. At the same time it is a great avenue to expose the talent of our home grown athletes.”

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A sport that has been in constant action since the early 1990’s, ice hockey has aggressively and swiftly ascended to the forefront of ice sports in the past year, with the strong support of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., who has facilitated the establishment of the sport’s federation. With Hans Sy as Chairman and SMLEI President Edgar Tejerero as co-chairman of the Federation of Ice Hockey League, Inc. (FIHL), ice hockey now has the means to live up to its true capability as an athletic program that may further boost athletes-on-ice onto global ground. “Our goal is to have trained and equipped athletes who can compete in the SEA Games 2017. Being the sole owners of the country’s Olympic-sized ice rinks, we make certain that our facilities are of international standards.” Says SMLEI president and FIHL co-chairman, Mr. Edgar Tejerero. “Through our sports development program, we initiate competitions such as the first international ice hockey tournament to encourage and prepare our Philippine team, and to create awareness of Philippines’ competence as a ready competitor for world-wide tournaments.”

Support the country as Team Pilipinas takes a run against Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Entrance is absolutely free. The international ice hockey tournament takes place on November 25-28 at the newly-opened SM Skating outdoor rink across Mall of Asia Arena and SMX. For more information, log on to www.smskating.com.

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Blogger’s, including me very much enjoyed watching this game in fact we are excited for the big boy’s game rather than the kids though we had fun watching the kids game, but for the big boy’s game is a mixed emotion that watching them.

I once watched this kind of game in macau n in hong kong, but watching this ice hockey game here in the Philippines is totally exciting coz we are a tropical country yet we are producing this kind of sports and ice hockey is one of my fav game. I started watching this kind of sports after I watched the movie The Ducks.

An outdoor Ice Hockey court of SM is the first outdoor court in Asia and located at SM Mall of Asia and I can say that it’s super cold than inside the mall, SM Properties had their Ice Hockey Court in a right place and a right time building this ice hockey court of SM Ice Skating Ring.

Please do watch our very own Philippine Team on how they play Ice Hockey and how they performed inside the Ice Hockey Ring, Kudos to our Ice Hockey Philippine Team.

 

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