Hockey at 22° latitude: Shenzhen Ice Hockey
For those of you that do not know there is a little known secret that is gaining speed and momentum in Shenzhen. It is happening inside the Costal City Shopping center on Friday mornings. We are talking ice hockey here….that’s right hockey at 22° latitude. I know you are thinking how is that possible it does not even snow here. But it is true; Shenzhen is actually home to many players from the Chinese National teams of the past as well as many foreign players from all over North America and Europe.
All of these players have a weekly get together on Friday nights at 10:30PM-12:30AM. This consists of about a ½ hour warm up and a 1 ½ hour pickup game. As well there is also a time slots at the rink for hockey players on Monday and Wednesday morning at 10:30AM-12:30PM.
No matter your skill level you can come out and have a good time. There are normally 3 lines for the pickup games ranging from retired pro down to the intermediate. So come on out and give your mind a rest from the hustle and bustle of daily Shenzhen life and play some hockey.
There is even interest for a Children’s league to be formed. As of now there is a time slot for Children to practice at 8:00-10:00 on Friday nights. If you are interested in getting your child involved in hockey come on out to the rink and check it out. As my old coach said “a child playing hockey is a child not causing mischief”.
This weekend is a very special occasion as there is a tournament between the Shenzhen Crashers, Coastal City, Macau, and Hong Kong with games to be held on both Saturday night and Sunday Morning.
The first game kicks off on Saturday night at 9:00PM between Coastal City and Hong Kong, with a following game at 10:20PM between the Shenzhen Crashers and Macau, and the last game on Saturday is at 11:30PM between Coastal city and Macau. On Sunday the first game begins at 9:10AM between Hong Kong and Macau, with a following game at 10:20AM between The Shenzhen Crashers and Coastal City, and the last game is at 11:30AM between Hong Kong and the Shenzhen Crashers.
So come on out this weekend have yourself some lunch or dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants, do some shopping in the world class shopping mall, and catch a game at the rink any night this weekend at Costal City Shopping Center in Nanshan. It is sure to be an excitement packed weekend. See you there!