Ice hockey in the Philippines

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Ice hockey in the Philippines
CountryPhilippines
Governing bodyFederation of Ice Hockey League
National team(s)Men's national team;
women's national team
Registered players131 (2018)
Clubs5 (2016)
National competitions
International competitions

Ice hockey in the Philippines is a minor but emerging sport.

History[edit]

The history of ice hockey in the Philippines began with the ice rinks set up in shopping malls in the country which were initially only used for recreational activities. The film Mighty Ducks released in the 1990s helped promote the winter sport in the country, with most members of the 2017 national team citing the film as their inspiration in taking up the sport.[1]

The governing body of ice hockey in the country, the Federation of Ice Hockey League (FIHL), was formed years later in February 2015.[2] The FIHL was admitted as an associate member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on 20 May 2016[3][4] and secured Philippine Olympic Committee membership by July 2016.[5]

National and international competitions[edit]

Prior to 2008 and before the formation of the FIHL, club selection teams competed in regional competitions as unofficial national teams.[5]

After the formation of the FIHL, national ice hockey teams were officially organized. The men's national team made their official debut at the 2017 Asian Winter Games[6][7] while the women's team made theirs at the 2017 IIHF Women's Challenge Cup of Asia.[8]

A recreational ice hockey league, the Manila Ice Hockey League, is organized in the country.[9]

Participation rates[edit]

Opening of the 2017 Philippine International Ice Hockey Tournament in Mandaluyong.

Since the Philippines is a tropical country with no winter season, ice hockey and some other winter sports are played on artificial ice rinks. In 2016, there were 211 registered players from five clubs in the country. Despite increasing popularity, the expenses involved in playing the sport hinder its adoption rate.[5]

The FIHL plans to introduce the ice hockey in schools through field hockey, a similar sport.[10]

Ice rinks[edit]

As of 2016, there are four ice rinks in the country, all part of shopping malls:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macaraig, Ayee (17 August 2017). "PH 'Mighty Ducks' skate for gold and history in SEA Games". ABS-CBN News. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ Henson, Joaquin (25 October 2015). "Pinoys break ice in hockey". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Philippines". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ "IIHF grows in Asia". iihf.com. 2016-05-21.
  5. ^ a b c d "A cooling trend". International Ice Hockey Federation. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  6. ^ "29 Filipino athletes to compete in 2017 Asian Winter Games". Manila Bulletin. Manila, Philippines. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Southeast Asian newcomers". International Ice Hockey Federation. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  8. ^ Merk, martin (6 March 2017). "Challenge Cup of Asia begins". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  9. ^ Dizon, David (17 September 2012). "Like 'Cool Runnings': Manila hockey team wins bronze". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  10. ^ "After SEA Games, Pinoy Mighty Ducks now eye World Championships". 31 August 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.