HKIHL Draft Recap and Results

by Keith Fong

It was the day after super typhoon Mangkhut blew past the city, and the Hong Kong Inline Hockey League (HKIHL) hosted their draft for the 2018-2019 season in conjunction with the South China Ice Hockey League at Lucky Dawgs Craft Beer Brewery. Organizing the league for the first time this season is Powerplay Sports & Entertainment along with support from the governing body for Inline Hockey in Hong Kong; The Hong Kong Federation of Roller Sports. Unlike previous seasons, a draft was implemented this year leading to great interest at the draft day event. The HKIHL drafted 8 teams split into two divisions, a great turnout for roller hockey in Hong Kong.

Headlining the sponsors this year is title sponsor Mikei. Mikei markets Japanese health food products worldwide and will be expanding their product line to cater to athletes. “We are pleased to be supporting the HKIHL and will be launching our new energy products soon” said Mikei representative Daryl Wong. Wong, who also plays in the HKIHL as a goaltender; has also represented Hong Kong at the national team level for inline hockey.

The other major sponsors in the league are Sam Wai Toys and TC Sports, with the support from Thomas Poon. Mr. Poon has been a great supporter of hockey, both ice and inline for over a decade.  Homely Sportswear is also the official jersey supplier.

The season for the HKIHL will begin on Monday, October 15th with Division 2.  Division 1 starts on October 16th.  All games will be played at King’s Park in Yau Ma Tei. Information about the league can be found on their Facebook page - @HKInlineHockey