The Rinks and Great Park Ice today announced that the ice-skating facility will play host to the 12th USA Hockey Sled Classic presented by the NHL taking place at Great Park Ice and FivePoint Arena in Irvine Nov. 17-20. The four-day tournament, hosted by the Ducks for the first time, will feature sled hockey teams across the United States and Canada.
The San Diego Ducks Sled Hockey team based out of The Rinks - Poway Ice will represent the Anaheim Ducks. Members of the Ducks Sled Hockey team include U.S.A. Women's National Sled Hockey players Lera Doederlein and Sarah Bettencourt, who won the gold medal at the 2022 World Para Ice Hockey Women's World Challenge.
Participating teams in the tournament must have an official affiliation with an NHL member club and must represent their affiliated NHL club by wearing official NHL licensed jerseys with local club marks and logos. Since the tournament's inception in 2010, this will be the first time an NHL team based on the West Coast has been selected to host the USA Hockey Sled Classic.
In 2021, the New Jersey Devils played host to the event, which included 27 teams in five divisions competing at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, New Jersey. The Chicago Blackhawks sled program was crowned the Tier I champion, while the Pittsburgh Penguins won Tier II, Columbus Blue Jackets took Tier III, Vegas Golden Knights secured Tier IV and the New York Islanders brought home the Tier V title.
To register for the 2022 Sled Hockey Classic, please visit www.usahockey.com/sledclassic.
About Great Park Ice and FivePoint Arena
An affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena is one of the nation's largest public ice facilities, located at the Orange County Great Park. The facility is a part of a public-private partnership with the Irvine Ice Foundation. The $100 million, 280,000-square-foot facility has four sheets of ice and serves sports-related activities that include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and public skating hours. FivePoint Arena has space to seat 2,500 spectators. The complex includes administrative offices, dressing rooms, training facilities, retail space, and concession space. Great Park Ice is an official practice facility of the Anaheim Ducks.