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Kings ice girls to team up on 'The Amazing Race'

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 3:55 PM / News

Two members of the Los Angeles Kings ice crew will make up a team competing this season on "The Amazing Race," one of the most demanding reality competition shows on television.

CBS announced in late August that one of the 11 teams competing on the show's upcoming season will consist of Allison "Ally" Mello and Ashley Covert, both members of the Kings' ice crew.

Allison Mello (pictured) will team up with Ashley Covert on this season of CBS' "The Amazing Race". (Photo: Los Angeles Kings)

"We're great under pressure. We're in Staples Center twice or three times a week in front of 18,000 people. I don't think many people on Amazing Race can say they've done that before," Covert said in a promotional video released by CBS. "We're strong, we're athletic and we definitely have great communication skills with each other."

On the show, Mello, 22, and Covert, 25, will look to successfully complete missions taking them to exotic destinations around the world. And the duo's connection to the NHL should put even more pressure on them to win.

The last season of the show saw longtime NHL player Bates Battaglia and his brother, Anthony, win the competition, earning them a $1 million prize. Before being crowned "The Amazing Race" winner, Battaglia played 10 seasons in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2002, he helped lead the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final.

Mello and Covert won't be the only team connected to pro sports competing in the latest season of the reality show. Another team is made up of former NFL players Chester Pitts and Ephraim Salaam.

The season premiere of "The Amazing Race" airs on CBS on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild