For two ice-hockey loving nations there is no better way to commemorate their special birthdays than playing hockey together - even in Singapore!
This exciting ice-hockey game featured teams made up of Finnish and Canadian hockey players residing in Singapore to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence and Canadian 150th anniversary of Confederation. The friendly match was played on March 4, 1.55 pm at the Rink in J-Cube, Jurong East, Singapore in front of a very lively audience dressed in red and white and blue and white.
The game was opened by both countries' national anthems and flags entering the rink. The Finnish anthem "Our Land" was sung by All Finns Choir, and Oh Canada was performed by Maddie Hill. A ceremonial puck drop was jointly executed by the Ambassador of Finland Paula Parviainen and the Canadian High Commissioner Lynn McDonald.
The game was very exciting, and ended with Finns scoring 6 goals against Canada's 3 - likely due to more vocal Finnish supporters.
The Centennial Ice-hockey Celebration was played during the 12th Annual Singapore Lion City Cup Ice Hockey Tournament which is organised by Singapore Ice-Hockey Association SIHA.
Photo Courtesy of Ville Mukka.