On December 1, the Thai hockey community suffered a huge loss with the sudden passing of Jason Cotsmire. “Cots” suffered a heart attack while playing the game he loves during a SHL match. He was a huge part of the origins of the Thai National Team, played in the Siam Hockey League, and was always involved with the Flying Farang Hockey Club.
The Thai hockey community honoured Cots and his family at a memorial hockey game on December 18. Visit the SHL website (www.siamhockeyleague.com) to see where friends and hockey fans can donate to a fund set up to help the Cotsmire family.
We all know Cots would have been so proud with what transpired on December 8, as the Thai National Team won the Southeast Asian Games championship with a resounding 8-0 win against Singapore. It was a week of dominating performances by Thailand, led by head coach Juhani Ijas; the team showed why they have quickly become the best hockey program in the region. The SHL was well represented as many league players were instrumental in Thailand capturing the gold.