With games played at either Erina Ice Arena or Sydney Ice Arena, from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 14th July, the international competition has and will continue to see the USA Eagles and the Canadian Maples go head to head until one team is crowned champion of this year's games.
The times and dates of the Australian International Ice Hockey Cup games
With non-stop on the edge of your seat action, this event is a must for both ice hockey devotees and those new to the sport.
The Canadian Maples and the U.S.A. Eagles face-off
My partner and I went along to the first game on Saturday 29th June, and it was great to see the number of families in attendance. We'll definitely take our soon-to-be little one next year when the teams return for a sixth time.
The Maples and Eagles shake hands after a very close game
Following each game, supporters have the opportunity to meet the players of both teams and have merchandise autographed. Although there were plenty of adults getting in on this action on the night we attended, the children present enthusiastically took to this opportunity like ducks to water. It was great to see just how excited and appreciative they were.
Eager to meet the players of each team, fans of all ages gathered around to have merchandise autographed
Spectators are also encouraged to dress up in support of their favourite team. (Just to be safe, my partner wore a jumper sporting the American flag and a jacket over the top of it displaying the Canadian flag). Talk about having a foot in both camps!
The total cost of both booking and tickets ranges from $12.80 for children and $22.00 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance over the Internet at moshtix or at the event venues prior to the games themselves.
Food and drinks are also available to purchase at both venues. Otherwise, spectators may bring their own munchies. Actually, I'm not quite sure this is allowed but we brought our own!
Whatever you do, do remember to dress warmly. Very warmly. You may even bring along a blanket. And don't worry, you wouldn't be the only one.