RALEIGH, NC (September 1, 2000)–In its sixth year, NHL BREAKOUT 2000, the National Hockey League’s official street and in-line hockey tournament and festival, stops in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, as part of its 22-city North American tour. Respected as the world’s premier off-ice outdoor hockey tournament, NHL BREAKOUT 2000 will host hundreds of local hockey players of varying skill levels and ages competing in NHL CoolAirTM state-of-the-art inflatable rinks. Fans are encouraged to attend and take part in various hockey activities. Admission for all activities other than organized tournament play is FREE.
WHO: Teams for the Raleigh area in all age groups. Hurricanes players are scheduled to appear on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 in the afternoon.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: East Parking Lot of the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
WHAT: NHL BREAKOUT 2000 will host a variety of hockey-themed activities and entertainment including:
Approximately 100 local teams of all ages and skill levels will compete in Street and In-Line Hockey Tournaments held in NHL CoolAirTM state-of-the-art inflatable rinks. Prizes will be awarded to champions in each division.
NHL Light the LampTM, a newly added tour attraction, challenges kids to learn important life lessons from hockey, including teamwork, leadership and personal responsibility, through an interactive exhibit.
IBM/NHL Goal Gallery will feature an opportunity for fans to hone their skills and test their shooting accuracy.
NHL Play-off Pursuit will set the stage for fans to compete in stick handling, puck control, speed, and accuracy.
Fans interested in free in-line skate trials can enter the Bauer Demo Zone.
Fans can test their stick handling, sniper accuracy and break-away speed at the POWERaDE/NHL Street Hockey Games, a fun-filled, interactive hockey activity center.
Fans will measure the speed of their slap shots against the NHL pros at The New Dodge/NHL SlapshotTM, a special radar gun-equipped slap shot cage.
Try your hand at goaltending. Step into the NHL Between the PipesTM, where fans experience what it's like to be a NHL goalie as they suit up in net.
The NHL BREAKOUT 2000 tour will culminate with NHL BREAKOUT The Championships, to be held in Orlando, Florida, January 12-14, 2001. Winners from NHL BREAKOUT 2000 events throughout the year will qualify to play the best-of-the-best in this three-day championship event.
In keeping with the League’s fundraising efforts to benefit local and national cancer-related charities in the United States and Canada, a portion of NHL BREAKOUT merchandise proceeds will be donated to Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative between the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
NHL BREAKOUT 2000 is presented by Dodge, IBM, POWERaDE and Mission Hockey. Supporting partners include Parabolics In-Line Wheels, Sega, MBNA, Awards.com and IGN.com in North America plus Bell Express Vu in Canada. Expo Sponsors include Topps, Franklin, Zephyr GRAF-X and mysportsguru.com. USA Hockey InLine and Canadian Hockey will provide their expertise in officiating and instructional programs, and all games are played with the Z-Ball, the official NHL BREAKOUT 2000 tournament ball from Sun Hockey.
Admission for activities other than organized tournament play ($160.00/team entry fee) is FREE. Team registration is conducted in each city through local NHL offices. The NHL BREAKOUT 2000 Carolina Hurricanes information hotline is (919) 467-7825, ext. 2322. For general tour information, interested parties can call the NHL BREAKOUT 2000 hotline at (972) 392-5740. Or, skate www.nhlbreakout.com, the official Web site of NHL BREAKOUT 2000.