ZURICH – The IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia will take place in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei, this year. The schedule of the five-team tournament is now online.
The top tier of the competition aimed at Asian countries not participating in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program or in the lowest tier will be staged in the metropolis of the island of Taiwan from 14 to 19 March 2015.
Defending champion Chinese Taipei will host the United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, Thailand and Macau, promoted from Division I last year, in Taipei City’s Annex Ice Rink.
Macau will play Mongolia in the early game of the opening day while the United Arab Emirates will face Thailand. Host Chinese Taipei enters the competition on the second day with its game against Macau. The tournament will end on 19 March with Chinese Taipei, the winner of 2013 and 2014, playing against the United Arab Emirates, the winner from 2012.
for the full schedule.
The 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia Division I will take place from 18 to 24 April in Kuwait City. Host Kuwait will play against Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, India, Malaysia and Oman will play in Group B. For Oman it will be the first participation in an IIHF-sanctioned event since becoming member of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 2014.
Together with the Asian countries whose men’s national teams are only entered in the World Championship program – Kazakhstan, Japan, Korea, China, DPR Korea and Hong Kong – 18 Asian nations compete in IIHF tournaments this year.