MICHAEL POHL - Head Coach Sterzing Broncos Jr.
The 2017 tournament was a very well organized and high level so it was a perfect challenge
for our team. Excellent way to develop young players in a long term aspect. Bob Dever and the
KIBIHT Team was a great help as they arranged everything for the team and staff. Our players
stayed with billets and it was simply awesome how the were treated. Just like family members.
Out participation in KIBIHT was the best decision we could make and I really hope we have a
chance to come back!
A coordinated effort between two hockey Clubs in Hong Kong, one run by volunteers and the other staffed by some professionals, resulted in the first ever appearance of a team from Asia in the 2016-2017 KIBIHT. While all of the best players in Hong Kong were not able to attend, a good many did and it was felt it would be terrific opportunity to face off against strong competition and experience one of the best Bantam tournaments in the world. A good many of the players have had the privilege of playing the Bell Capital Cup in the Squirt and Pee-Wee divisions and Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Quebec. Imagine how fortunate for those players able to play KIBIHT and claim participation in three incredible tournaments.
As one of the coaches of the team, I appreciate how special the Kamloops Tournament is. Having played in the Tournament in 1972, I still have fond memories and I think it is very special that my two sons would play in the same tournament, even if one of them is still Pee-Wee age. Moreover, the experience for the entire team is something I believe will help them become better hockey players. Indeed, upon returning to Hong Kong, you could see improvement in nearly everyone’s game. As a coach, that is very heartwarming.
The staff and volunteers at KIBIHT are what make the tournament so special. Its long history and the fact you are playing against outstanding teams in three, twenty minute stop time periods is just fantastic when you consider many tournaments only guarantee you two games and play twelve or fifteen minute running time periods. While the Hong Kong performance was underwhelming, the experience was far from that and it is hoped Hong Kong sends more teams to the tournament over time and helps to promote the tournament to the many teams in Asia that would find the experience an amazing one.