TISSOT, the Swiss timepiece brand, have come on board to support the Malaysian Ice Hockey Federation (MIHF) training, development and competition programmes.
The Swatch Group Malaysia vice president Ian Lee said Tissot was the official time keeper for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 1996.
“We felt we should be support the MIHF who have been active in the promotion of ice hockey in Malaysia. We are also impressed with the MIHF officials who are committed towards the sports. They have an excellent set-up and the sport has grown over the years in Malaysia. We are pleased to work with them.
“On the international front, we are also partners with MotoGP, cycling and fencing,’’ said Ian after a meeting with MIHF secretary Susan Loh.
Tissot’s partnership with MIHF started early this year when they supported the women team’s participation in the Challenge Cup of Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.
Tissot continued their relationship with MIHF for the Malaysia Invitational Ice Hockey competition which was held at the Sunway Pyramid Ice in September.
As one of the main sponsors, Tissot rewarded the best forward, best defender and best goalkeeper in each of the five divisions — Under-12, Under-15, Women, Asian and International — with a watch. Malaysia’s Gary Tan, who was voted as the best forward in the Asian category, said he would treasure the watch as it was a reward for his commitment towards the game.
“I feel honoured to win the best forward award which came with the Tissot watch,’’ said Gary.
The MIHF and Tissot are keen to have a long term relationship. And Ian said they were keen to be MIHF’s official timekeeper. Susan said they welcomed Tissot’s support to ice hockey.
“We appreciate their support. We also organise a league for our members and Tissot, being involved with the IIHF, are the right partners for the MIHF,’’ said Susan.
Meanwhile the MIHF will be organising the World Girls Hockey Day at the Sunway Pyramid Ice this weekend. The programme is for girls aged from five to 18 and will be held from 11am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Susan said the event was to introduce ice hockey to girls.
“The programme is supported by IIHF and will be held in many countries. In Malaysia we would like to encourage the girls, in the age group, to take up ice hockey as a sport,’’ said Susan.
Members of the National women’s squad and KL Slayers will be present to assist the newcomers. Hockey skates and gloves will be provided for the participants.