TLA Worldwide and TEG Live have announced the return of the Ice Hockey Classic series for 2018. The series has increased to three games for 2018 with Brisbane and Adelaide being added, while Melbourne is dropped from the schedule. The organisers have yet to announce whether they will be holding their Ice Hockey Night events at any local ice hockey arenas in 2018. Team Canada have won the previous three additions, most recently defeating the United States in overtime to take the 2017 series 3-2.
Team USA have defeated Team Canada 10-6 at Hisense Arena in the final game of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. Team USA’s win tied the series at two games each following Canada’s wins in Newcastle and Sydney and the USA’s at the O’Brien Group Arena. The two teams then went into an overtime period to break the series tie with Canada scoring and claiming the series 3-2. Team Canada have now won all three editions of the Ice Hockey Classics, previously winning 3-1 in 2015 and 3-2 in 2016.
– Game 1: Team Canada 7-5 Team USA (14 June 2017, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)
– Game 2: Team Canada 8-5 Team USA (17 June 2017, Qudos Bank Arena)
– Game 3: Team Canada 5-8 Team USA (22 June 2017, O’Brien Group Arena)
– Game 4: Team Canada 6-10 Team USA (24 June 2017, Hisense Arena)
– Team Canada defeat Team USA 1-0 in overtime following Game 4 to claim series 3-2
Team USA and the Melbourne Mustangs have defeated Team Canada and the Melbourne Ice 8-5 last night at the O’Brien Group Arena. The match, known as the 2017 Ice Hockey Night in Melbourne, saw the Melbourne Mustangs team up with Team USA and the Melbourne Ice join Team Canada for a 4 on 4 exhibition game as part of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic series. The series will hold its final game on 24 June at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.
Team Canada have defeated Team USA 8-5 at the Qudos Bank Arena. Canada now have two wins in the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic series after previously defeating the USA 7-5 in Newcastle. The series now moves to Melbourne for a showcase exhibition event on 22 June at the O’Brien Group Arena and then the main game on 24 June at Hisense Arena.
Team Canada have defeated Team USA 7-5 at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. The match, known as the 2017 Ice Hockey Night in Newcastle, was the opener for the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic series which now moves to Sydney for the 17 June game at the Qudos Bank Arena.
The organisers of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic have announced that they will be holding a charity exhibition game on 14 June at the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium. The match, known as the 2017 Ice Hockey Night in Newcastle, will see Team Canada take on Team USA prior to the Sydney match which is being held on 17 June. For more information see the post from the Newcastle Northstars.
– The league have made two changes to the June fixture in order to avoid a conflict with the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. The match between the Sydney Ice Dogs and Newcastle Northstars, originally set for 17 June, has been moved to 16 June. The following weekend the match between the Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs has been moved from 24 June to 25 June. Fore more information see the schedule on the league website.
– The Mustangs have announced the signing of American goaltender James Kruger for the remainder of the 2017 season. Kruger spent the 2016-17 season playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League, lining up for the Fayetteville FireAntz, Pensacola Ice Flyers and Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Kruger comes into the team as a replacement for Fraser Carson who is still out due to injury. For more information see the club announcement.
Melbourne Ice & Melbourne Mustangs
– The Ice and Mustangs will compete in a Showcase Charity Event alongside Team Canada and Team USA as part of the 2017 Ice Hockey Classic. The Showcase Event, known as the 2017 Ice Hockey Night in Melbourne, will take place on 22 June 2017 at the O’Brien Group Arena. The Ice will play alongside Team Canada and the Mustangs alongside Team USA in a 4 on 4 exhibition game. For more details see the Melbourne Ice announcement.
TLA Worldwide and TEG Live have announced the return of the Ice Hockey Classic series for 2017. The series however has been reduced to only two games with Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth being dropped from the schedule. The Melbourne game has been moved to the smaller Hisense Arena after being held at Rod Laver Arena for the past two years, while the Sydney game remains at Qudos Bank Arena (previously known as Allphones Arena). Team Canada has won the previous two additions, defeating the United States 3-1 in 2015 and 3-2 in 2016.
Team USA have won Game 5 of The Wayne Gretzky 2016 Ice Hockey Classic defeating Team Canada 9-3. The final match of the series was a dead rubber after Team Canada took the series victory last week in Game 4. Team Canada has now won both years of the Ice Hockey Classic, winning the 2015 series 3-1.
– Game 1: Team Canada 8 – 2 Team USA (17 June 2016, Rod Laver Arena)
– Game 2: Team Canada 6 – 5 SO Team USA (18 June 2016, Perth Arena)
– Game 3: Team Canada 2 – 4 Team USA (24 June 2016, Adelaide Entertainment Centre)
– Game 4: Team Canada 4 – 3 SO Team USA (25 June 2016, Qudos Bank Arena)
– Game 5: Team Canada 3 – 9 Team USA (2 July 2016, Brisbane Entertainment Centre)
On top of the various ongoing leagues there are a few events taking place in the month of July.
– The Wayne Gretzky 2016 Ice Hockey Classic – Game 5 – website
(2 July 2016, Brisbane Entertainment Centre)
– 2016 Australian International Ice Hockey Cup – website
(2 July 2016 to 16 July 2016, Sydney Ice Arena and Erina Ice Arena)
– 2016 Syd Tange National Championship – website
(6 July 2016 to 9 July 2016, Cockburn Ice Arena)
– 2016 Australian Women’s Tier 2 Ice Hockey League – Series 2 – website
(8 July 2016 to 11 July 2016, O’Brien Group Arena)
– 2016 Kurt DeFris National Championship – website
(14 July 2016 to 17 July 2016, Hunter Ice Skating Stadium)