Singapore Ice Dragons teams clinched gold for U12 and U16 divisions at Asia's largest ice hockey tournament
31 May 2019
SINGAPORE ICE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
SINGAPORE ICE DRAGONS TEAMS CLINCHED GOLD UNDER U12 AND U16 DIVISIONS IN ASIA’S LARGEST ICE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
The U12 and U16 kids and youths from the Singapore Ice Dragons, the Youth Development Programme of the Singapore Ice Hockey Association (SIHA), have emerged champions of their respective divisions, "Pee Wee U12 B" and "Bantam U16 B" at the "Mega Ice Hockey 5’s" competition, the largest ice hockey tournament in Asia that just concluded on 11 May 2019 in Hong Kong.
Singapore Ice Hockey Under12 Team with their trophy.
Into the 12th year, over 1,200 players representing 90 teams across 14 countriesincluding one multi-national team faced off in the 2019 Mega Ice Hockey 5’s under the Youth and Adult Divisions. The Youth Divisions attracted 62 teams to compete in Atoms U6, Mini Squirt U8 B, Squirt U10 B, Pee Wee U12 A and B, and Bantam U16 A and B divisions, while the Adult divisions comprised ofWomen’s, International Elite, Asian Elite and International A.
The Singapore Ice Dragons U12 Team repeated their victory from 2017, beating four other teams to win the Pee Wee U12 B champion title once again, while the Singapore Ice Dragons U16 Team bagged gold at the Bantam U16 B Division, defeating three other teams including one from Hong Kong as well as the multi-national "Select" team with players from America, Australia, Canada, China, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.
The 15 players hailing from America, Canada, France, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Russia and Singapore representing the Singapore Ice Dragons U16 squad range in age from 13 to 16, while the 14-member U12 team consisted of players from America, Australia, Canada, China, India, Korea and Singapore are mainly 12 and 13 years old this year.
Singapore Ice Hockey Under-16 Team with their trophy.
Said David Emery, Director of the SIHA Youth Programme: “Singapore Youth Ice Hockey has come a long way since the days when we used to be the "easy prey" for the other teams at International tournaments, whereas nowadays our teams are always considered serious and respected contenders in every category, doing Singapore proud.”
Topping the game statistics of the tournament, representing the Singapore U16 team was 15-year-old Singaporean Joshua Chan at third placing with two goals and two points, while 15-year-old American Collin Fredrickson ranked sixth, scoring two goals and two points, 16-year-old American Annabelle Pollack was ninth with two assists and two points, and 14-year-old American Sean Jang, 14-year-old Singaporean Gao Qiheng and 14-year-old American Joel Kim at 11th, 12th and 14th place respectively with one goal and one point each. For the U12 squad, 13-year-old Canadian Elliott Parker led the pack at second place in overall ranking under his division with four goals, one assist and five points, while 13-year-old Singaporean Charles Alexander was ranked third with three goals, two assists and five points.
Photo Credits: Singapore Ice Hockey Association(SIHA)