iSKATE hosted the Ice Hockey Exhibition Play Off Games called the ‘Ice Hockey Spectacular’ at iSKATE- ice skating rink & cafe located at Ambience Mall, Gurugram on October 27th 2018 and October 28th 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.
iSKATE has been a pioneer in hosting and representing winter games in India for the past seven years. Taking the endeavor forward, it has organized ‘The Ice Hockey Spectacular’, with the objective of introducing the game of ice hockey in India and providing a platform for the sport to grow.
This has been the first time in seven years that The Ice Hockey Spectacular is being held in Gurgaon’s iSKATE. The participating teams for this competitive event are Team iSKATE, Canada’s Sacred Bulls, Indo – Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Team Japan. The first round of play offs were held between Indo Tibetan Border Police, coached by Sonam Paldan and the Canadian Sacred Bulls on October 27th, 2018 at 8:30 am. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police emerged victorious. The second round of play offs happened between Team Japan, led by Captain Yachi and Team iSKATE on October 27th, 2018 at 9:30 am. Team Japan were the winners of the second round. The final round of the tournament was held between Team Japan and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. In the finals The Indo-Tibetan Border Police won the competition with a marginal score of 18 while Team Japan was 6. Indo-Tibetan Border Police was coached by Sonam Paldan
Commenting on the same, Karan Rai, Head iSKATE said “At iSKATE, we all are absolutely thrilled that four international Ice Hockey teams will converge at iSKATE, the only true ice sports facility in India. iSKATE has been nurturing the immense talent in India for winter sports for the past seven years and this is a step towards making ice hockey a popular sport in India. “
Adding to the same, Sr. Coach Viv Gill, of ARV – Athletic Recreational Ventures USA said “These are exciting times at iSKATE. Most ice hockey teams are comprised of both men and women. Age does not seem to be a factor here, kids from their late teens to adults in their late thirties are participating and we are very excited to see the turnout.”
Situated on the 6th floor of Ambience Mall, Gurgaon iSKATE has been visited by 18 lakh ice skating enthusiasts till date for leisure as well as professional training sessions in winter sports such as ice skating and ice hockey. The ability to play winter sports all year around at iSKATE has made it extremely popular among youth, families and corporates across age groups.