Photographer : غازي قفاف – كونا

The hosts from Kuwait dominated the opening game of the Third GCC Ice Hockey Championships, demolishing Oman, 6-0 in the first blowout of the tournament.

Kuwait came into the tournament with high hopes. Hosting the tournament for a second time, Kuwait has finished runner-up to the United Arab Emirates in both editions of the tournament, and with both teams grabbing wins on the opening day, the potential for it to happen once again is likely. Kuwait participated in the Challenge Cup of Asia earlier this year, but unlike this tournament, they had zero luck. In five games, the country lost every single one of them, including a 16-1 failure against Chinese Taipei and a 5-1 loss to UAE.

For Oman, it was their first hockey game since becoming an official member of the IIHF in late May. At the 2012 GCC tournament, they won two games and lost three which was good enough to finish third place and capture their first ever ice hockey medal. This is now the fourth straight loss for Oman against Kuwait, who have now surrendered a total of 33 goals against their much stronger opponents while only scoring one of their own.

In the other game, the Emirates had a fun time taking down Qatar, snagging the 7-1 victory over the brand new hockey country. It was the first loss for Qatar in an official IIHF event, while UAE looks solid for the third straight tournament.

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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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