Asian competitions

In 2019, 12 Asian countries will be represented in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program at different levels with Korea, Kazakhstan, Japan, China, DPR Korea, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Ermirates, Kuwait, Thailand and Kyrgyzstan.

The IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia gives Asian countries that are not in the World Championship program, or that play in the lowest division, a chance to compete. It shall also help develop hockey in Asia and help rank the Asian teams in view of the seeding for the Asian Winter Games.

The first edition of the event was held in 2008 with six teams in Hong Kong, followed by the eight-team event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2009. The year after a nine teams participated in the event in Chinese Taipei. 2012 marked the first ever event held in India, in the city of Dehradun.

In 2013 a record number of ten teams came to Bangkok in the first IIHF tournament ever held in Thailand and the same number of nations will participated in 2014. Oman joined the competition in 2015 and Qatar in 2016 to grow the number of active Asian nations to 18. In 2017 Turkmenistan and the Philippines played for the first time.

Tournaments in the 2018/2019 season:

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2-9 March 2019
Group A: Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia
Group B: Macau, Indonesia, Oman

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 Challenge Cup of Asia
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-8 December 2018
Participants: Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates, Philippines
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2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 Challenge Cup of Asia Division I
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-6 December 2018
Participants: Thailand, Kuwait, Mongolia, Indonesia
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2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's Challenge Cup of Asia
In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14-19 April 2019
Participants: Chinese Taipei, New Zealand U18, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's Challenge Cup of Asia Division I
In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14-19 April 2019
Participants: United Arab Emirates, Philippines, India, Mongolia, Kuwait

Asian Winter Games

The 8th Asian Winter Games will take place in Sapporo, Japan, with men's and women's ice hockey tournaments from 18 to 26 February 2017. Click here for scores.

Men's Top Division: Kazakhstan, Japan, Korea, China

Men's Division I: Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Singapore

Men's Division II: Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Macau, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Philippines

Women's Tournament: Japan, China, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand

Southeast Asian Games

The 29th Southeast Asian Games in 2017 are the first edition that include ice hockey.

2017 Southeast Asian Games - Men's Ice Hockey
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20-24 August 2017
Participants: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand