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Ice Hockey's Homecoming

Press LaunchHelp celebrate Ice Hockey's Homecoming with the biggest Ice Hockey event ever to be staged in Scotland

The Edinburgh Capitals, Scotland's only Elite league Ice Hockey team, are hosting a four team tournament to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the game of Ice Hockey and "Ice Hockey's Homecoming". The teams will be fighting it out to win the Gardiner Cup.

The tournament will feature two American Hockey League (AHL) teams, the Toronto Marlies (AHL Affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) and the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens) and 2 UK Elite league teams, the Edinburgh Capitals and the Belfast Giants . It will take place at Murrayfield Ice Rink in Edinburgh. The timetable is below.

· Thursday 24th September - a "head to head" clash between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Toronto Marlies.

· Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September - a Festival of Ice Hockey, a four team tournament where the best of UK Hockey face off against two of Canada's top teams.

Scott Neil, the Managing Director of The Edinburgh Capitals, said, "This is an inspiring tournament made possible by the help and support of the City of Edinburgh Council. At a time when we did not think such an ambitious event could be staged in Edinburgh the Council stepped in with their support. We are delighted that such prestigious teams are coming over from Canada and, in addition, the Belfast Giants and we welcome them and their fans to Edinburgh."

Scott added, "We have also worked with Homecoming Scotland and VisitScotland whose help and advice has made this dream become a reality."

The Gardiner Cup celebrates the life of Charles ‘Chuck' Gardiner. Known as the wandering Scotsman, he was one of the games pre-eminent goal tenders during the 1920's and 30's. Born in Edinburgh, on Henderson Row, he then moved to Canada with his family eventually settling in Winnipeg. He attained NHL stardom with the Chicago Blackhawks where he guarded the cage from 1927 - 1934. Prior to his untimely death in 1934 he led the Blackhawks to their first Stanley cup win and in 1945 was the first Scot to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Naming the tournament cup after this great player seemed a fitting accolade for Chuck and his family.

In Scotland's year of Homecoming it is only fitting that a game that Scottish people played a key role in inventing comes home.  This is the highest level of competitive ice hockey to be seen in Scotland and without the support of our sponsors this event would not have been possible.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh, said, "We're in for a fabulous and unprecedented spectacle here in September with the arrival of these two top ice hockey teams from Canada. This will be the first time an event like this has taken place in the UK so it really is hats off to Edinburgh Capitals for making it happen. "Ice Hockey's Homecoming" will showcase the sport being played at the very highest levels and will undoubtedly inspire many of our young people to get involved in the sport. Yet again we are proud to demonstrate to the watching world that Edinburgh truly excels at delivering premier events."

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