‘City of Angels’ tourney to take place at Bangkok’s new ice arena

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Thailand’s sizzling “City Of Angels” ice hockey tournament is ready to roll for the 5th straight year with organizer JOG Sports promising an even more action-packed event at the new state-of-the-art ice arena, “The Rink”, located at Grand Central Rama IX.

While ice hockey and the balmy Thai climate may seem an unlikely combination, hockey has blossomed in this steamy Southeast Asian nation.  Thailand has been hosting international ice hockey tournaments every October for the last seventeen years.

Support Thailand’s Flying Farangs at the ‘City of Angels’ ice hockey tournament taking place from March 29-31 at Grand Central Rama IX. Support Thailand’s Flying Farangs at the ‘City of Angels’ ice hockey tournament taking place from March 29-31 at Grand Central Rama IX.

The annual fall tournament called “The Land of Smiles Ice Hockey Classic”, also organized by JOG Sports, has been such a great success that the “City of Angels Old Timer’s Classic” was formed for players over 35 years of age.  This tournament known has grown from 5 teams in 2008 to fifteen this year.

The 5th annual version of the “City of Angels Old Timer’s Ice Hockey Classic” skates from March 29th-31st and will feature teams from Russia, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Last year’s final saw the Dubai Mighty Camels defeat Bangkok’s Flying Farangs in a fierce battle.  The defending champions are prepared to defend their title but they will face a tough task repeating as the Hong Kong Tigers, Moscow Ruby Stars, Singapore Manimals and Bangkok’s Flying Farangs are all eager to knock off them off the podium.

The three-day ice hockey extravaganza will feature 250 players from around the world and “The Rink” at Grand Central Rama IX is a first-class arena and the best ice rink Thailand has ever seen.

“The popularity of this tourney is unmatched, not just in Asia but around the globe,” says JOG Sports Managing Director Scott Whitcomb.  “Despite hard economic times, we still have teams knocking on the door.”

Thailand’s host team – the Bangkok Flying Farangs – has spearheaded the tourney once known as the OK Cup since 1995.

The tournament’s main sponsor is the Grand Mercure Fortune Bangkok.

For more information, visit website www.jogsports.com or call 02 743 9366.