Fresh faces give Singapore the edge in ice hockey

The average age of the current national men's ice hockey team is 27, down from 32 in 2017, thanks to fresh blood from the youth development programme introduced in 2017.
The average age of the current national men's ice hockey team is 27, down from 32 in 2017, thanks to fresh blood from the youth development programme introduced in 2017. PHOTO: SINGAPORE ICE HOCKEY FEDERATION

The exuberance of youth has been a key factor in the rise of the Singapore men's ice hockey team, capped by their third-placed finish earlier this month at the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia in Kuala Lumpur.

With an influx of younger players - the average age of the current 25-member squad is 27, down from 32 in 2017 - the team are fitter and faster, allowing them to play a higher-tempo game needed to be competitive on the international stage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2019, with the headline 'Fresh faces give Singapore the edge in ice hockey'. Subscribe