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by aftar singh
Former national forward Chua Boon Huat died at the age of 33 in August this year. The Malaysian Junior Hockey League’s Most Promising Player award will be named after him.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Junior Hockey League’s (MJHL) Most Promising Player award will be named after the late Chua Boon Huat.
The 33-year-old national forward from Malacca, who died in a car accident on Aug 1, made his debut in the MJHL for Yayasan Negri Sembilan (YNS) in 1995.
And a year later, the YNS player was named the most promising player in the Under-19 league.
Boon Huat was also the longest serving player in the national team, making 337 appearances for Malaysia between 1998 and 2013.
The decision to name the award after Boon Huat was made on Saturday in Bukit Jalil after the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) had dialogue sessions with the MJHL and Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) coaches and team managers about next year’s calendar.
MHC secretary Johari Aziz said that the idea was mooted by the teams.
“It’s a good suggestion in remembrance of Chua, who played in the MJHL for four years,” said Johari.
He added that the closing date for teams wanting to feature in next year’s MJHL is Nov 30.
The MJHL will tentatively commence on Jan 10 and the final is expected to be held on March 3.
The participating teams will be given a subsidy of RM1,000 and a managers meeting will be held on Dec 28.
Johari added that the MHL Division One and Premier Division would be held separately.
“The Division One will start on March 14 and is expected to end on May 25 while the Premier Division will only begin on Oct 24,” said Johari.
He also said that 35 players, who are in the national training squad, will not be allowed to feature in any local tournaments as they would be busy preparing for five major tournaments next year.
“Players who are not in the national training squad can play for the Division One teams,” said Johari.
National coach Paul Revington will announce the names of the 35 players in the training squad in January.
The national team will feature in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh in March, the Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan in April, World Cup in The Hague, Holland, in June, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, and the Asian Games in Incheon in September.
Last year, seven teams took part in Division One.
Meanwhile, Johari said that B. Muthukumar, the MHC umpires manager, who was appointed in 2011, tendered his resignation last week.
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