The National Men’s Ice Hockey Team clinched a historic bronze medal for Singapore in top Men’s Division at the just concluded IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1 to 9 March 2019.
This is the highest achievement by Team Singapore in any ice hockey tournament to date. It is also won by the youngest squad with average age of 27 in Singapore Men’s Ice Hockey Team history.
Team Singapore Men's ice hockey team. Photo: Singapore Ice Hockey Association
The momentous 4-0 win against Malaysia for the third placing is a marked improvement after the dismal 2017 SEA Games where Singapore lost 8-2 to Malaysia in the game for bronze.
Started in 2008, the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia are a series of international ice hockey tournaments in the continent of Asia under the International Ice Hockey Federation, the worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. The annual competition also helps rank the Asian teams in view of the seeding for the Asian Winter Games.
Previously, the Men’s Team won a silver in the same tournament in 2015 but under the lower-ranked Men’s Division 1 following their first bronze medal in 2014 in the same division.
This year, seven countries competed in this 12th edition, namely Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Oman, Philippines and Singapore. Mongolia, the defending champions, retained their title while Philippines took the second place.
Said Joewe Lam, Director of National Men’s Ice Hockey Team: “We are thrilled to bring home a bronze medal for Singapore in the top division of International ice hockey competition. We will continue to gear up for the SEA Games this November, elevate the sport in Singapore and fly the Singapore flag high in the international arena.”
The 20-men squad under National Men’s team this year ranged in age from 16 to 43 with four new additions from the National Youth Team. Making to the Men’s Team from Youth Team is 16-year-old Bryan Lee Shao Herng who emerged fourth in overall ranking in the tournament among over 100 players from the 7 participating countries, scoring 8 goals, 6 assists and 14 points.
Other Singaporeans ranked among the top 30 scoring leaders include 40-year-old James Nicholas Kodrowski who is seventh overall with 4 goals, 9 assists and 13 points, 20-year-old Ryan Tan Jiaju at tenth position with 7 goals, 2 assists and 9 points, and 40-year-old Chew Wee at the 19th place with 1 goal, 6 assists and 7 points.
Bryan was also named the Best Player of the Match in the first game against Malaysia while James bagged Singapore’s Most Valuable Player award in the tournament.
Other Singapore players who won Best Player of the Match include Benjamin Huang (31) in the second game against Team Philippines, Ryan Tan (20) in the Match against Team Indonesia, Ryan Goh (16) in the game against Team Mongolia, Richard O’Brien (21) in the semi-finals against Team Philippines and Kenny Liang (43) in the Bronze Medal Game against Team Malaysia.