Victoria Cup: Media advisory, Sep. 26-29

Chicago Blackhawks arrive Saturday in Zurich. Practise at KEBO, Saturday and Sunday.

22.09.2009
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The Chicago Blackhawks – a Stanley Cup semi-finalist last season – will arrive at Zurich airport on Saturday, September 26 and will open a two-day camp at the ZSC Lions’ training facility at Kunsteisbahn Oerlikon, KEBO (next to the Hallenstadion) the same day.

The second edition of the Victoria Cup event will feature:

++ Monday, September 28: HC Davos vs. Chicago Blackhawks (Exhibition game)
++ Tuesday, September 29: ZSC Lions Zurich vs. Chicago Blackhawks (Victoria Cup)

Both games will be played at the 11,095 seat Hallenstadion in Zurich. Starting times are 20.15 CET (both games). It will be the first time both Davos and Zurich will play an NHL club.

On-ice practise schedules (all times subject to change)

Saturday, September 26 (at KEBO)
ZSC Lions: 11:00 – 12:00
Chicago: 17:30 – 19:30
Note: HC Davos hosts Fribourg-Gottéron the same evening.

Sunday, September 27 (at KEBO)
Referees: 10:00 – 10:45 (IIHF & NHL on-ice officials, tentative)
ZSC Lions: 11:00 – 12:00
Chicago: 12:15 – 14:15
Chicago, media availability at SihlCity Gala 16:00 – 19:00 (Exact program TBA)

Monday, September 28
ZSC Lions: 10:15 – 11:45 (at KEBO)
Chicago: 10:30 – 11:30 (at Hallenstadion)
Referees: 12:00 – 13:00 (at KEBO, IIHF & NHL on-ice officials, tentative)
EXHIBITION GAME: HC Davos – Chicago Blackhawks, Hallenstadion 20:15

Tuesday, September 29
Referees: 09:00 – 10:00 (at Hallenstadion, IIHF & NHL on-ice officials, tentative)
ZSC Lions: 10:45 – 11:45 (at Hallenstadion)
Chicago: 12:00 – 13:00 (at Hallenstadion)
VICTORIA CUP: ZSC Lions – Chicago Blackhawks, Hallenstadion 20:15

Accreditation Centre Opening hours:

Monday 28 September: 09:30 – 12:30 (subject to change) & 17:00 – 21:00

Tuesday 29 September: 09:45 – 14:00 (subject to change) & 17:00 – 21:00   

NOTE: There will be a special media entrance for Monday and Tuesday's practices (Pförtnereingang). For the games, the normal media entrance will be used.

Please go to IIHF.com and the Blackhawks-tracker for the latest training-camp and exhibition-game news from Chicago.

The Victoria Cup was introduced by the IIHF during its 100 Year Anniversary to encourage competition between NHL and European club teams. The annually awarded trophy was named to recognize the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal, the place where the first organized hockey game was played. The rink, originally located between Drummond and Stanley streets, south of St. Catherine Street, measured almost exactly 200’ x 85’, the size of a standard Canadian rink ever since.  

Chicago’s games vs. European club teams:
January 7, 1976 – Chicago vs. Krylia Sovietov (URS) 2-4 @ Chicago
Dec. 31, 1977 – Chicago vs. Poldi Kladno (TCH) 4-6 @ Chicago
January 4, 1989 – Chicago vs. Dynamo Riga (URS) 4-1 @ Chicago
January 7, 1990 – Chicago vs. CSKA Moscow (URS) 4-6 @ Chicago
January 1, 1991 – Chicago vs. CSKA Moscow 2-4 (URS) @ Chicago

Chicago’s games in Europe:
September 12, 1992 – Chicago vs. Montreal 2-3 @ London (GBR)
September 13, 1992 – Chicago vs. Montreal 5-4 OT @ London (GBR)


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