KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Tenaga Nasional will open the Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division curtain with a Charity Shield on Oct 29.
The MHL Premier Division is likely to see 10 teams competing when the entries close on Sept 24.
“We shifted the Charity Shield date to respect Deepavali celebrations on Oct 22. And by the time entries close, I expect at least 10 teams in the Premier Division,” said Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee sec retary Hashim Yusoff.
Each team will be allowed to hire a maximum of six foreign players.
“The final is slated on Dec 21, this is to give the national team time to prepare for the World League Second Round in Singapore on January 17-25.
If Malaysia fail to win gold in the Asian Games, where they will battle South Korea, India and Pakistan, the World League is a second chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
In the Premier Division last season, the seven teams which competed were KL Hockey Club, Tenaga Nasional, Maybank, Sapura, UniKL, Terengganu and MBI-Nur Insafi.
And double champions KLHC will be the team to beat again this season.