HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that the club will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to participate in The Gardiner Cup, a four-team tournament to celebrate “Ice Hockey’s Homecoming”.
The ‘Dogs will compete for the Gardiner Cup against the AHL’s Toronto Marlies and the UK Elite League’s Edinburgh Capitals and Belfast Giants. The Bulldogs will meet their archrival, the Marlies, in an exhibition contest at 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 24th. Hamilton will begin the four-team tournament with a semi-final game against the Belfast Giants at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 26th. The two winning teams from Saturday’s semi-final games will play for the Gardiner Cup in the Championship game at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 27th while the two losing teams will face-off in the consolation final on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET. Fans can listen to all the pre-season games played in Scotland on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, TALK 820.
“Both the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Toronto Marlies were approached by a group in Edinburgh, Scotland to compete in an international hockey tournament as part of Scotland Homecoming 2009”, said Hamilton Bulldogs President and Governor Glenn Stanford. “Both organizations saw this as a wonderful opportunity for their players and staff to see a part of the world that might be new to them, while at the same time, prepare for the upcoming AHL season.” Stanford added, “We’re looking forward to opening our pre-season in Edinburgh before returning home to finish training camp and the pre-season in preparation for our 14th season in Hamilton.”
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. 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.”
The Gardiner Cup celebrates the life of Charles ‘Chuck’ Gardiner. Known as the wandering Scotsman, he was one of the games pre-eminent goaltenders during the 1920’s and 1930’s. He attained NHL Stardom with the Chicago Blackhawks where he guarded the net from 1927-1934. Prior to his untimely death in 1934, Gardiner helped lead the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup victory and was the first Scot to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.
More information on the tournament can be found at www.icehockeyshomecoming.com.