NHL legends, Darryl Sittler and Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams have been named as the Team Canada and Team USA coaches for this year’s Hungry Jack’s Ice Hockey Classic.
Sittler (Team Canada) and Williams (Team USA), will travel to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena and Melbourne’s Hisense Arena, for two action-packed exhibition matches between the rival teams.
Canadian Ice Hockey champion and Ice Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Sittler, is renowned for the greatest offensive game in the history of the NHL, with six goals and four assists for a total of ten points.
Sittler played in the NHL from 1970 to 1985, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings and has recently been named in the Top 100 NHL players of all time.
Joining the Hungry Jack’s Ice Hockey Classic for the first time, Sittler is ecstatic to hit Australian shores as the coach of Team Canada.
“Team Canada won the Ice Hockey Classic series last year but I know with my good friend and former teammate, Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams, as the coach of Team USA that this year it will be a hard-fought series.” said Sittler.
“It has always been on my bucket list to visit Australia and now it is a reality. The fact that I can be a part of this amazing event as the coach for Team Canada is the icing on the cake!”
Team USA coach, Dave Williams, played 962 NHL games, scoring an impressive 241 goals and 272 assists for a total of 513 points and he still holds the title of the NHL’s career leader in penalty minutes.
Williams played in the NHL from the 1974 to 1988 and his comedic personality was a hit with fans. Throughout his career, Williams played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and the Hartford Whalers.
Williams is determined to make his mark in Australia, by leading Team USA to victory.
“I am looking forward to enjoying all that Australia has to offer and getting Team USA pumped up to play against the Canadians.” said Williams.
“The fact that I am coaching against my good friend Darryl Sittler makes this the trip of a lifetime but our friendship ends as soon as the puck drops!”
As well as showcasing high quality ice hockey, the 2017 Hungry Jack’s Ice Hockey Classic will raise awareness and funds for the STOPCONCUSSIONS Foundation in association with Brain Injury Australia through match ticket purchases.
STOPCONCUSSIONS is a not-for-profit concussion and neurotrauma awareness and education platform founded by former European star Kerry Goulet and ex-NHL stars Keith and Wayne Primeau.
The dates for the 2017 Hungry Jack’s Ice Hockey Classic are as follows:
Sydney — Qudos Bank Arena: Saturday 17 June, 2017
Melbourne — Hisense Arena: Saturday 24 June, 2017