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The St. John’s IceCaps announced today that for the third year in a row, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top prospects will travel to Newfoundland and Labrador in September to compete for the Mary’s Cup, sponsored by Mary Brown’s restaurants.
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The three-game exhibition series will once again pit the Syracuse Crunch versus the IceCaps. The Crunch won last year’s title, while Tampa Bay’s previous American Hockey League affiliate – the Norfolk Admirals – claimed the inaugural crown in 2011.
The 2013 Mary’s Cup series starts 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 26th at Mile One Centre, switches to the Clarenville Events Centre on Saturday, September 28th at 5 p.m. and concludes 4 p.m., Sunday, September 29th at Mile One. Details were provided during a news conference this morning at the Mary Brown’s location on 336 Freshwater Road.
There are a couple of exciting new elements to this year’s series.
Tickets for the Clarenville contest are available exclusively through Mary Brown’s. Fans can secure free tickets by entering on-line at www.winwithmarybrowns.com or by visiting their local Mary Brown’s restaurant for more information.
The IceCaps organization has designated Sunday’s contest as a ‘school game’ with all tickets being distributed to metro region junior high students. Ticket purchase will take place within the school system. This ‘school game’ will feature educational messaging on the video-board throughout the contest and all in-game elements will be student-focused. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in everything from the official puck drop, to singing the national anthems, to making in-game announcements.
Admission for Thursday’s game is open to the general public with tickets set at $10 (plus tax and surcharge) for IceCaps season-ticket holders and $15 (plus tax and surcharge) for the general public. Tickets for the Thursday, September, 26th game will go on sale Saturday, August 24th at noon. Through its contest, Mary Brown’s will be giving away a select number of tickets to this game as well.
“We are very pleased to continue this great partnership with Mary Brown’s and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization,” said Danny Williams, President and CEO of the IceCaps. “Our exhibition games provide an opportunity for fans to get in on the action early, as we gear up for another great year of hockey. These promise to be spirited and competitive matches, with some roster spots still on the line.
This year we are particularly pleased to include the school game which will allow thousands of young kids the chance to enjoy the thrill of professional hockey. With Mary Brown’s win-to-get-in contest and our school game initiative, we can reach a wider fan base with exciting IceCaps action.”
Greg Roberts, CEO of Mary Brown’s said: “Mary Brown’s continues to be a proud partner of the IceCaps team for the third consecutive year. We are especially excited about the 2013-2014 season kick off, particularly in that there will be the chance for so many of the local community to participate in the Mary Brown’s Cup at no cost. This is just another way of Mary Brown’s giving back to the Newfoundland and Labrador residents, and what better way than with IceCaps hockey.”
Julien BriseBois, General Manager of the Syracuse Crunch and Assistant General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, says this series serves many purposes.
“The week in Newfoundland and Labrador will provide us with three quality games to evaluate and prepare our players for the start of the season,” said Mr. BriseBois. “It will also provide us with a great opportunity to bond as a group, away from any distractions, and get ready for the work ahead.”
The IceCaps also announced that training camp will run from Monday, September 23rd to Sunday, September 29th with all action slated for Mile One, with the exception of the Clarenville tilt.