Like many sports leagues across the globe, the SHL is taking a break from action due to government restrictions. The league hopes to be back on the ice shortly, and SHL executive management is busily preparing for hockey's return.
This hiatus gives us a good opportunity to do an early "mid-season" recap of the league so far.
After a successful draft, players and fans have been witness to the most talented season the Siam Hockey League has ever had. In the standings, Novotel Spitfires hit the ground running, and haven't looked back. With a record of 7-1, Novotel is the class act of the league, and have only one loss on their otherwise unblemished record.
KCG is doing their part to keep pace with Novotel with five wins, two losses and one overtime loss, only three points behind Novotel.
New squad Siam Mandalqy is sitting in third place with seven points.
Aware has had a rough start to the campaign and sits with one win and two points. Aware has looked strong for stretches of play, but an early season goaltending change threw them for a loop, and we look for them to rebound as the playoffs draw closer.
On the statistical side of the recap, Novotel is also setting the standard. As the hiatus began, the top four points leaders were all on Novotel. Thai National Team captain Ken Kindborn and Novotel captain Mike Freeson are tied for the league lead at 16. Newcomer Tomas Stastny is third with 14 points, and Thai National Team speedster Mangkorn Sukwiboon is fourth with nine. Tied with Mangkorn is fellow Thai National Team player Patrick Forstner, and KCG snipers Harrison Oztemel, Jese Starostra, and Jan Isaksson.
Between the pipes, last year's league MVP and multiple award winner Leo Liao sets the pace with a 2.25 goals against average. Rookie Novotel netminder Ben Kleineschay is second with a GAA of 2.83.
The SHL would like to thank all players, refs, fans and staff for their continued support and understanding during this trying period in our history.
Be assured that once we are able to, the SHL will be back on the ice and ready to entertain fans with the fastest sport in Thailand (Please check out the weekly SHL podcasts sponsored by the BigChilli magazine