Recently it was announced that the Super Series was going to be coming to the UK and the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield. The game? Canada vs USA! We at Chasing the Puck got an exclusive invitation to the official press conference at the Arena today (5th February). Exciting, right?
At the press conference was former German league star Kerry Goulet, Coventry Blaze’s Kevin Noble and the Sheffield Steel Kings chairman Jake Oakley.
For those that don’t know what the Super Series is, don’t panic, don’t worry. Let me explain. For the last four years, The Ice Hockey Classic has taken place in New Zealand and Australia, offering ice hockey fans the opportunity to see well-known players from various leagues around the world play in an exhibition game all in the name of charity.
That charity is Goulet’s very own StopConcussions. Goulet set up the charity with his good friend Keith Primeau and ambassador Zenon Konopka. Within StopConcussions came the Safe4Sports initiative which helps struggling players that do not have treatment for concussions or such injuries readily available to them. The aim of the initiative is to help those players get back to a better life.
With the success of the Ice Hockey Classic and other events around the globe, Goulet said that he felt it important to bring the event to the UK and Sheffield, in particular. Influenced by Kevin Noble, Goulet said that Sheffield’s “state of the art facilities” was a big reason why the decision to come to the UK was the right one. With already 1800 tickets sold for the event, the event is set to be successful already.
During the press conference, Goulet and Noble announced some players who have already signed on to play in this event. Noble is already at the top of the list, with having played four games already over in Australia for The Ice Hockey Classic.
Joining him from the Blaze are Kevin Morris and Chris Joyaux. EIHL fans won’t be disappointed as there have already been the announcements of the Belfast Giants Dave Rutherford, Dundee’s Matt Bissonnette, and former Storm favourite Eric Neilson. Also signed up are former NHLer Kyle Quincey, Tim Stapleton (who will captain the USA side) and German League players Tyler Gron, Rylan Schwartz and Jason Bast. With many more names to be announced over the coming weeks, this already looks set to be a great event. And that’s just for the main game itself.
Promised to the fans is more than just a game. The event will also include a kids clinic where children can learn about the importance of safety in the game of ice hockey. There will also be a fan event where fans can come and meet, talk to and get autographs of their favourite players. There will also be a concussion seminar in which trained medical specialists will come and give a presentation on concussion protocols and show just how important it is to follow those procedures. There will also be some para-hockey from the Sheffield Steel Kings.
As previously stated, there will be many more announcements coming in the next few weeks and it has been said that there are talks going on with players from every EIHL side.
The Super Series event will be happening on 20th April at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, with tickets starting at just £20 for an adult. Concession and child tickets are also available, so book now!
The event is all in aid of StopConcussions and Safe4Sports which help athletes from any background and any sport deal with their injuries and offer aid and support where they need it most. Even though we love our sport, we need to remember our players’ safety first. They have a life outside of hockey and it’s important that we do what we can to make sure their lives aren’t affected.
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