Australian International Ice Hockey Cup 2013

05 Nov 2012 9:41 PM | Deleted user
Current press release from the Australian International Ice Hockey Cup:

Australia is gearing up to host USA and Canada in an exhibition ice hockey series in June 2013. The teams which are to be compiled of players from professional North American leagues, will showcase the infamous rivalry of the two nations in Australia’s biggest and best sporting arenas, with the first in Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, followed by game two in Sydney’s Allphones Arena.
This is not the first time USA and Canada has faced off in an ice hockey series this side of the equator, having toured New Zealand in 2011, with Canada leaving as victors after winning two games of three. The events were promoted by New Zealand based company Douglas Webber Group, who labeled the venture a success with all seats sold out and overwhelmingly positive reviews from those who attended.
While it’s too soon to announce who will make the rosters for the 2013 tour, if 2011 is anything to go by, Australia should prepare to see some big names including Olympic medalists and Stanley Cup winners. Promoter Craig Douglas of Douglas Webber Group says Sydney and Melbourne can expect to see their venues transformed into a temporary House of Hockey with the installation of a portable NHL spec ice rink, and no expense will be spared in providing an authentic American ice hockey experience with onsite broadcasting on the massive Jumbotron screens, sound and lighting effects, and authentic North American announcers who will adapt their style to suit the never-seen-hockey-before crowd, explaining the rules as the games play out.
In the words of sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, “A puck is a hard rubber disc that hockey players strike when they can't hit one another” and this round promises to be no different.
The games will be filmed for international television and screened in multiple countries, including Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. Spectators will also enjoy live coverage at the events, to ensure no move is missed with close-ups and action replays on the big screens.
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