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2013 FIRS Inline Hockey World Championships Begin This Sunday

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks announced today that the FIRS (International Roller Sports Federation) Inline Hockey World Championships is set to kick off this Sunday, July 7 at THE RINKS - Huntington Beach Inline. The Ducks and THE RINKS expect 57 teams from 24 countries to travel to Southern California to compete in this month’s championships, including teams from Canada, Mexico, China, India, Czech Republic, Germany, Brazil and Namibia.

Tickets are now on sale for the World Championships, which will run from July 7-20, 2013. Tournament passes are $25, weekly passes are $15 and day passes are only $5. For tickets and additional tournament information, visit The first week (July 7-13) of the two-week tournament will feature the FIRS Junior Mens and Womens squads at Huntington Beach Inline. The final week of the tournament (July 14-20) expands to include Honda Center as the Adult Mens and Womens world inline teams take to the stage.

FIRS is the world governing body for roller sports and was established in 1924 in Switzerland. The Inline Hockey World Championships serve as the sport’s highest profile annual international tournament. The World Championships have grown from an inaugural 12 teams in 1995, to an expected 57 teams in 2013. Both amateur and professional players are eligible to compete in the Inline Hockey World Championships. The United States will return to their home soil to defend their title, defeating Canada in the finals last summer in Colombia. Several local players who grew up playing at Huntington Beach Inline are now competing on the biggest stage in front of friends and family, including Skyler Hoar, Josh Larichia and Mike Urbano.

With THE RINKS Development Program presented by Honda launch in February 2009, the Ducks now operate seven local skating facilities: four ice rinks (THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE, THE RINKS - Lakewood ICE, THE RINKS – Westminster ICE and THE RINKS –Yorba Linda ICE), as well as three inline facilities (THE RINKS – Huntington Beach Inline, THE RINKS – Irvine Inline and THE RINKS – Corona Inline). For information on THE RINKS program, visit

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