On Monday, June 7, the National Hockey League (NHL), UPS and the U.S. Army, in celebration of the U.S. Army's 235th anniversary, will donate multiple sets of official NHL-licensed street hockey equipment and apparel to help launch the first NHL Street Hockey League at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. UPS will arrange the shipping and management logistics related to delivery of the street hockey equipment to Camp Victory.
The donation will be made during a special ceremony featuring representatives from the NHL, the U.S. Army and UPS outside the NHL Powered by Reebok store in midtown New York City. A portion of West 47th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues will be closed for the ceremony and a commemorative NHL street game with local area troops and current and former NHL players.
Organizers for the new street hockey league in Iraq are members of the 5th Battalion "Dragonslayers" and 5 th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, who are responsible for the Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar mission (C-RAM). The unit provides life-saving force protection from enemy fire throughout Iraq.
Among those confirmed to take part in the event:
Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon, Jr, Director of the Army Staff
Members of the U.S. Army New York City Recruiting Battalion
Bill Daly, NHL Deputy Commissioner
Glenn Rice, President of UPS' East Region
, Hockey Hall of Fame NHL player
Joseph Bowser, Retired SGT. First Class & Hockey is for Everyone Ambassador
Brian Jennings, NHL Executive Vice President of Marketing
Ken Martin, NHL Vice President of Community Affairs
Monday, June 7, 2010 / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
NHL Powered by Reebok Store / 1185 Sixth Avenue, between West 46th-47th Streets