Following a two year hiatus since the last Gulf Ice Hockey Championships in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait will be given a second chance at hosting the tournament when it comes to fruition in June.

The inaugural tournament took place in May of 2010 in Kuwait City,Kuwait, with the United Arab Emirates taking home the championship. The tournament would resume again in 2012, with the Emirates defending their championship on home soil.

The Vice President of the UAE Ice Hockey Association, Hamad Al-Sheryani, tweeted that there will be five teams competing in the tournament in June of this year. The teams will be Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar. Qatar have two games to their credit in 2014, including a 3-0 win against Bahrain.

The tournament is set to begin June 6th in Kuwait and will run until June 12th, 2014.

UPDATE: Bahrain has pulled out of the tournament for an unspecified reason. The tournament will now feature just four teams.

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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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