Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) secretary Datuk Johari Aziz expects eight to 10 teams to feature in the Premier Division.
The Premier Division final will be on Dec 21, thus giving national team ample time to prepare for the World League second round in Singapore from January 17-25.
The World League is the qualifying competition for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Johari said that each team will be allowed to hire six foreign players for the MHL.
Last year, six teams featured in the Premier Division – KL Hockey Club, Tenaga Nasional, Maybank, Sapura, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and MBI-Nur Insafi. The KL Hockey Club bagged a double – league and overall titles – for a record fourth consecutive year.
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