The most recent installment of the Challenge Cup of Asia saw it’s largest participant count since the tournament was first run in 2008. Due to this, the IIHF have decided to have two separate tournaments for both the men and women’s portions of the tournament next season.

For next year, the men’s category will be played in two divisions at two separate venues. The top division will be played in Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates, while the Division I tournament will be played in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This will be the very first CCOA tournament for Kyrgyzstan, that currently has 330 total players registered throughout the country.

Chinese Taipei won the 2013 Men’s Challenge Cup Of Asia after taking down Hong Kong 4-2. Mongolia went on to crush Kuwait 11-0 in the bronze medal match, putting emphasis on the fact that hockey in Asia is still in development.

The Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia will feature eight teams next season, four more than there were at the last tournament in 2012. The top group, which will also feature Australia for the first time, will play in Harbin, China, while Division I will travel to Hong Kong.

2014 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,  March 15-22, 2014
Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Kuwait, Thailand, United Arab Emirates
2014 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia Division I
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Dates TBA
India, Macau, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan

2014 IIHF Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia
Harbin, China, Dates TBA
China, Korea, Australia, DPR Korea 
2014 IIHF Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia Division I
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Dates TBA
Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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