Hockey Alberta bringing Novice event, coaches’ symposium to festivities
(Edmonton, AB) – Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today they will host the inaugural Centre ICE Summit in Edmonton to coincide with the 2018 and 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
A bi-annual gathering of leaders from the hockey world, the Centre ICE Summit will see representatives of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the National Hockey League (NHL), Western Hockey League (WHL), and local coaches and players gather in Edmonton for a series of meetings, coaches’ clinics, leadership seminars and on-ice experiences from the grassroots level through to high performance.
“Edmonton and the province of Alberta’s reputation as an epicentre for sports and entertainment on the global stage continues to grow,” said Bob Nicholson, OEG CEO & Vice Chair. “Welcoming the world to our region for the Centre ICE Summit and Hlinka Gretzky tournament will further cement our reputation and help lay the foundation for our big picture vision of Edmonton as a global sports and entertainment mecca.”
As part of the Summit, OEG, in conjunction with Hockey Alberta, will be running Novice coach development opportunities in addition to a Novice event that will take place at the Downtown Community Arena.
“Hockey Alberta is pleased to work with OEG on this initiative. We believe this Novice event and coach development session will be a great opportunity for coaches, players and parents. We look forward to announcing further details along with OEG in the near future,” said Rob Litwinski, CEO, Hockey Alberta.
Tournament namesakes to hold media availability
In January, OEG, Hockey Canada, the Czech Ice Hockey Association, and the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation announced the former Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup would be renamed the Hlinka Gretzky Cup for its debut on the ice at Rogers Place in Edmonton this August.
The premier, international best-on-best tournament was first introduced in 1991, and the three national governing bodies announced in December 2016 that Canada would host the event on a bi-annual basis beginning in 2018, with Edmonton selected to host the first three editions in 2018, 2020, and 2022.
The two tournament namesakes – Wayne Gretzky, and Ivan Hlinka’s widow, Liběna Hlinková, will join OEG representatives for a media availability this afternoon at Rogers Place prior to taking part in a ceremonial puck drop at the Oilers vs. Predators game later in the evening.
The 2018 edition of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup features a partnership between Hockey Canada, OEG, the Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, City of Red Deer, and the Red Deer Rebels, and will be co-hosted August 6-11, 2018, in Edmonton and Red Deer.
The tournament will feature a total of 18 games, including: 10 at Rogers Place (six round-robin, two semifinals and the bronze- and gold-medal games); two placement games in the Downtown Community Arena; and six games of the Pool B preliminary round played at the brand-new Servus Arena in Red Deer. Additional pre-competition games and locations will be announced later this spring.
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup will offer two ticket packages at Rogers Place, a 10-game and a 7-game package. The 10-game package, starting at $185, will feature all six preliminary-round games in the pool that includes Canada, plus two semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games. In addition, 10-game package purchasers will be invited to a private reception with Wayne Gretzky during the tournament. The 7-game package, starting at $140, will provide fans the opportunity to select three preliminary-round games of any of the countries in Group A (Canada, Slovakia, Sweden, or Switzerland) and also includes both semifinals and both medal games.
Ticket packages will go on sale to the public this spring. However, fans wanting to be front-of-the-line for public packages can reserve their spot immediately at RogersPlace.com/HGCup with a $50 deposit per seat. Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings Season Seat Holders will also receive front-of-the-line access to the ticket packages, with information arriving in their mail over the next week.
Details on individual game tickets will be announced closer to the tournament at RogersPlace.com.
Ticket packages for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup games in Red Deer will be made available exclusively to Rebels Season Ticket Holders at a still-to-be-determined date. Check out RedDeerRebels.com for details.