PH hockey team off to Japan for Asian Winter Games

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2017 01:25 PM

The Philippine ice hockey team pose for a photo ahead of their flight to Japan for the Asian Winter Games. Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine ice hockey team on Thursday left for Sapporo, Japan to compete in the 2017 Asian Winter Games.

The contingent took a Philippine Airlines flight that will bring them to Sapporo via Haneda, Japan.

"We've been training for six, seven months now, and we're ready," said team captain Steven Fuglister.

The Philippines will compete in Division II of the ice hockey event, where they will face off against eight other teams -- Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, Indonesia, Iran, Macau, Malaysia, and Turkmenistan.

The Philippines are in Group A along with Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, and Qatar. Group round matches start on February 18, but the Philippines will debut on February 21 against Kyrgyzstan.

A total of 20 teams, including teams from the Top Division and Division I teams, are competing in the ice hockey event. -- With a report from Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News