Auckland’s premier recreational league, the Backyard Hockey League, are putting their hands up to provide troops on the ground for the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic when the tour rolls into Auckland and Wellington this June.
With Auckland’s Spark Arena hosting the West Auckland Admirals and Botany Swarm on June 22nd as the curtain raiser to the main event, Team Canada v Team USA, there will be many volunteers required to assist organiser Kerry Goulet and his team. Those volunteers will be instrumental in transforming what is usually the home of the New Zealand Breakers, into an ice hockey arena that can deliver a big game atmosphere to Kiwis, many of whom will likely experience seeing hockey live for the first time.
Along with bringing some great hockey players to New Zealand, Goulet’s non-profit foundation StopConcussions hopes to raise money as they continue to create awareness of the concussion symptoms that can be associated with the sport and help players get the treatment they need.
BHL President Cam Green is excited about bringing Auckland’s hockey community together to help realise Goulet’s vision for the Ice Hockey Classic. “This is a partnership of passion between the BHL and like-minded people who share the dream of spreading the game as far as it can reach, and doing so with the love for the sport as the driving force,” Green said before continuing, “The volunteer experience will be unforgettable and a true ice hockey enthusiasts dream come true.”
Each volunteer will be asked to do three shifts of approximately six hours, although Green maintains this is purely an estimate and wouldn’t be more than that. And while it’s a huge time commitment, the rewards will be worth it for those that choose to get involved.
The BHL’s motto is Buddies, Hockey, Life. Nobody embodies this more than their president Cam Green, and along with long-time friend Aaron Somerville, he will working his magic as the in-game announcer just as he does for Admirals home games during the NZIHL season – his attitude towards the game is infectious and he’s hopeful that many will come out to support the tour and the cause it represents.
Not only is Green calling out for volunteers in Auckland, but also in Wellington for the outdoor game at Westpac Stadium on June 23rd.
The stadium affectionately known as ‘The Caketin’ will host a great moment in New Zealand’s sporting history, not only because it’s the largest outdoor hockey game to be played in a major Southern Hemisphere stadium, but fans will also see the Ice Blacks take on a selection of NZIHL All-Stars in the warmup game prior to Canada v USA.