Malaysia’s Hockey League Season kickstarts with the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup today. There are four titles at stake with the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup being the knock out tournament, followed by the Charity Shield on Jan 12 and Premier League till Feb 2 ending with TNB Cup (overall title) on Feb 10,2018.
With no Hockey India League this season, Glenn Turner, Tim Deavin, Gonzalo Peillat, Irishman David Harte and Dutchman Sander De WIjn who played for Hockey India League previously will play for Malaysia Hockey League this season.
Besides them, Pablo Javier Trevisan, Barreiros Lopez. Pakistan’s Shakeer Ahmad Butt and Germany Moritz Erhard will also join the league.
“I felt my playing days were over after the Rio Olympics but playing for Dabang Mumbai HC in the Hockey India League, gave me a fresh perspective and motivation to play in the Malaysia Hockey League” Dutch International Sander De Wijn
A total of 15 teams from the Premier Division and Division One will feature in the Tan Sri P. Alagendra Cup. Defending champions Terengganu received a bye in the first round.
“ We are fortunate to get the services of these players and credit goes to the management as they planned the signings early,” said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.
However, THT head coach, Sarjit Singh stressed that despite his team managing to secure the services of import players, other teams have also followed suit and this will make for a thrilling and exciting league competition that will be keenly contested by not just a few teams because most teams are now on par with each other.
“For me this only means that the Malaysian Hockey League promises to be keenly contested, exciting one to watch, and it will also benefit our local players as they will get to learn more than just a thing or two from these import players who are world-class players in their own right,”
Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal said he is happy that the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL), has attracted some of the best hockey players in the world.
“It shows that our league is recognised as among the bests. If our league was useless, the best players would not have come here,” Subahan concluded.