The 2019 Australian Ice Hockey League Finals presented by Air Canada are now just two days away!
The AIHL Finals series takes place Saturday, 31 August and Sunday, 1 September at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium in Warners Bay, NSW and will feature two days of fast paced, hard-hitting ice hockey action.
On 31 August, the top four ranked AIHL teams – AIHL defending champions CBR Brave, the Newcastle Northstars, Perth Thunder and Sydney Bears - will compete in the semi-finals in hopes of advancing to the Grand Final.
The 2019 season will then come to a conclusion on Championship Sunday, as two teams will battle it out for the Goodall Cup.
AIHL Deputy Commissioner Dawn Watt said the decision to host the Finals at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium was a combination of factors including fan experience, the ladder and national exposure for the League.
“It has been a huge year for ice hockey in Australia and the AIHL,” said Watt. “The AIHL has had a very competitive season that has attracted many new fans to the sport, which was highlighted by the most successful All-Star Game in AIHL history.
“We are happy to have the main event of the AIHL season in Newcastle. The AIHL is a national League and the Hunter Ice Skating Stadium has successfully hosted the AIHL Finals in the past; most recently in 2012. With development applications in place for new rinks around the country, we hope that in the future, all our teams will have the opportunity to see the Finals come to their cities.”
Garry Doré, general manager of Hunter Ice Skating Stadium and the Northstars AIHL team, said his entire staff is thrilled to host the 2019 AIHL Finals.
“As a team we pride ourselves in delivering an outstanding game day experience for fans, families, corporates and media during every Newcastle Northstars home game," he said. “We are excited for the opportunity to do the exact same thing during Australian ice hockey’s biggest weekend.”
The 2019 AIHL Finals presented by Air Canada is proudly supported by a group of league sponsors including APA Group, OMERS, Skaters Network and of course, Air Canada.
Vic Naughton, Air Canada’s General Manager Australia and New Zealand, said the airline was delighted by the way in which Australians were embracing ice hockey.
“This is the seventh consecutive year Air Canada has sponsored the AIHL Finals and during that time we’ve seen ice hockey emerge as a fast-growing spectator sport,” said Naughton. “There has never been a more exciting time for Australians to get onboard.”
With plenty of activities for kids, after parties and competitive action on the ice across the weekend, the 2019 AIHL Finals will have something for everyone and produce many great memories for fans.
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