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    Canada v USA in Melbourne and Sydney in 2013

    The same company that organised the Canada v USA in New Zealand back in 2011 are now holding games in Sydney and Melbourne in June 2013. It looks like one game per city (as opposed to their poster which lists three games).

    http://www.internationalicehockey.com.au/index.html

    Rosters, according to the site, are coming soon.

    The Melbourne Game is being played in the Hisense Arena (capacity 10,500)
    The Sydney Game is being played in the Allphones Arena (capacity 21,000)

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    I got a giggle when a french canadian import playing in the NZIHL dressed on the 10 man roster for USA in Dunedin. Intense rivalry clearly!

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    Hopefully the tour will provide the opportunity to further hockey's appeal in Australia. I have been a San Jose Sharks fan for years and I'd love to see the game become popular in Australia.

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    This is the discussion surrounding Tour in NZ.

    http://www.internationalhockey.net/f...in-New-Zealand

    Douglas & Webber are bad news they are only in it for the cash, they have no interest in hockey, they didn't even know players didn't supply own pucks. Kerry Goulet is good bloke, and if anything redeemable comes out of tournament it will be off his back, not those other clowns. Anyway hope these articles help anyone who still hasn't made up their mind

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    I didnt see any reviews reports on the 2013 Games - how was it ? well attended ? quality of players / hockey ? good or not for the game of hockey in Australia ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzice View Post
    I didnt see any reviews reports on the 2013 Games - how was it ? well attended ? quality of players / hockey ? good or not for the game of hockey in Australia ?
    I remember seeing this:
    How to sell 40,000 tickets to ice hockey . . . in Australia
    Kyle Quincey from the Detroit Red Wings captained Canada, while Zenon Konopka from the Minnesota Wild captained the US.
    The sport of ice hockey is far from mainstream in sunny Australia – there are only 1800 registered players – yet promoter Craig Douglas has just managed to sell out Sydney’s Allphones Arena once and Melbourne’s Hisense Arena twice for three USA versus Canada exhibition games. Douglas has form in taking American sports beyond the fringe, working with Fleshwound Films to build the Crusty Demons motorbike daredevil franchise in Australia and New Zealand.

    The American-born, Kiwi-raised Douglas says he saw a short clip of ice hockey on television about six years ago, and it occurred to him that the sport could resonate with rugby-loving audiences. “The athletes in ice hockey and rugby are similar – it’s kind of like taking your national sport and putting skates on it,” says Kerry Goulet, a veteran of the German ice hockey league whom Douglas hired as tour manager for the three June games. “There’s a following for extreme sports in this part of the world and that’s ice hockey - guys putting blades on their skates and travelling around at 30 miles an hour.”

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    Funniest thing is that a guy from the capital of Canada, was the American captain... hmmm! Oh well, who cares about small details like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steigs View Post
    Funniest thing is that a guy from the capital of Canada, was the American captain... hmmm! Oh well, who cares about small details like that?
    Just a trifling detail, eh? Still though, you'd have thought that someone else on the American team would have been more qualified to captain the team
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    Well, in the grand scheme of things, it is a minor point.
    The significant news is that this tour did well from an attendance standpoint, and increases positive awareness of the sport. Australians who would only get to see the odd hockey highlight (and probably that was a fight or a brawl) got to see the sport live.

    If only the people who ran the NHL/IIHF and other leagues would market the sport better, this sport has potential.
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