August saw the successful opening campaign for the Hot Pot Draft Tournament held at the new DB Rink in Discovery Bay. Featuring U11 and U13 divisions along with an Adult division that would separate itself in to two divisions, players and spectators enjoyed a fun filled couple weeks that introduced tournament hockey to Discovery Bay.
The unique concept of the Hot Pot Tournament is that players can request to play with a friend, where they will both be drafted onto the same team for the duration of the tournament. This brings with it smoother team dynamics while encouraging a fun atmosphere for youths and adults alike.
The youth divisions kicked off the tournament on the 16th of August starting with the U11’s followed by the U13’s the day after. Later that week, the adult tournament begun, culminating in a Saturday evening blockbuster on August 28th where all four finals would take place (U11, U13, Adult D1, Adult D2).
In the U11 division, the top seeded South China Sharks team required overtime to defeat a fiesty Macau Aces squad that had been on a hot streak. Mitchell Smyth delivered the OT winner in front of a packed DB Rink crowd.
In the U13 division, the Macau Aces team started slowly losing their first 2 games of the tournament. That did not stop them romping through the rest of the competition however, as they then won 4 games in a row including an impressive finals win over the top seeded Kowloon Warriors with a 3-2 scoreline. Ethan Chen collected the game winning goal and his second of the game with time winding down to win the Hot Pot Championship for the Aces.
The Adult division split into two divisions after the round robin stage was complete, with the Warriors, Bravo and Sam Wai playing it out for the Division 2 crown while the Aces, Sharks and Sapporo battled it out for the Division 1 Championship.
The Division 2 final saw an experienced Sam Wai team battle the young guns of the Kowloon Warriors, with experience coming out on top this time as Sam Wai won 4-2. The game winning goal came courtesy of the father-son combo of Jim and Michael Wong, with Michael scoring assisted by has father.
The Division 1 final saw a heavily favoured Macau Aces side take on a scrappy Sapporo team that they had beaten 8-1 in the first game of the tournament. While the scoreline was not that one sided in the final, the veterans of the Aces had too much firepower as they won 5-2 to take home the Championship. Blake Steel completed his comeback after a prolonged layoff from hockey to score the game winning goal in the final.
We would like to sincerely thank all of those that participated in the Hot Pot Tournament, all the staff that helped at the tournament as well as all the staff at DB Rink for making this tournament such a success. We look forward to future competitions at the beautiful new DB Rink.
With the success of the recent tournament, we are pleased to announce the dates of the Christmas Edition of the Hot Pot Tourney which will be held from December 27th to 30th. Please stay tuned for details.