The Ball Hockey Section invites all newcomers to the sport as well as any seasoned veterans who haven’t been out in a while. For the uninitiated, ball hockey is modelled on North American ice hockey, rather than field or grass hockey. A larger ice hockey style stick is used and the sport’s traditional orange ball is permitted to be handled on either side of the left or right handed stick. While dangerous play is not allowed, ball hockey is naturally a physical game – so the squeamish need not apply.
Ball hockey, while a mainstay in Canada and popular in certain parts of the United States and Europe, is not a well-known sport in Asia. However, this is beginning to change. Leagues in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia have sprung up in recent years, invariably sired by a Canadian expat. Annual regional tournaments are now held in many locations – with the granddaddy of them all, “The Mekong Cup” taking place annually in Phuket. Now entering its 18th year, The Mekong Cup is hosted by the Thai Stix Ball Hockey Club - the touring squad selected from the British Club Ball Hockey Section.
Contact: John Stevens