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Paula
11-19-2004, 08:38 PM
There are a few articles on this event that will be taking place beginning in December:
Nov. 19, 2004. 01:00 AM

NHLers eager for Europe tour

Worldstars proceeds to go to players, charities

'I'm not there to ... make money,' Brodeur says

MARK ZWOLINSKI

SPORTS REPORTER

Locked-out NHLers Tie Domi, Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek are very happy to be returning to the ice for "real" games in the 10-city, Primus IMG Worldstars hockey tour next month.

Whether disgruntled hockey fans are happy is another matter.

Organizers at yesterday's tour launch were thrilled at the star-studded, 25-man roster, but had no other option than a pay-per-view package to bring hockey starved fans the most promising action since the lockout began.

Those fans are being counted on to tune in to the tour, which is channelling the pay-per-view proceeds between children's charities and the players.

"I'm not there to go out and make money from this," Brodeur said about the tour, which will feature an all-NHL squad that includes Joe Thornton, Rob Blake, Mats Sundin and Sergei Fedorov, and a coaching staff of Marc Bergevin at head coach with Petr Svoboda as assistant (Marty McSorley is rumoured to be the other assistant).

"It will be fun for us (players) to get back on the ice and at the same time help some charities. We hope the fans jump on the boat with us."

Tour organizers said yesterday they worked on national television packages in Canada but were forced to turn to pay-per-view over scheduling conflicts.

They are now offering the tour on pay-per-view at $9.99 per game and $59.99 for an eight-game package.

The players say they realize there's fan backlash over the lockout, which could carry over to their charity tour.

But the hope is the pay-per-view money and sponsors can cover the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed for the tour, with enough profit to benefit the NHLPA's Goals and Dreams foundation, and the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.


***For the full article, click here (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1100818210578&call_pageid=970599119419).Other articles can be found here (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20041119/ca_pr_on_ho/nhl_tour_europe_2),
here (http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/2004/11/19/721902.html) and here (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20041119/HOCKEYTOUR19/Sports/Idx).

Paula

fuzzwuzz
12-06-2004, 12:59 PM
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Canada's game is Europe's gain these days.

European hockey fans, already reaping the benefits of the NHL lockout, will be treated yet again when a group of NHL stars go on a barnstorming charity tour through the continent in the next two weeks.
The World Stars Tour, which features top players like Martin Brodeur, Mats Sundin, Sergei Fedorov and Rob Blake, kicks off Thursday in Riga, Latvia, with the team set to play 10 games in 14 days, in seven countries.

The initiative for the tour was taken by the players as a way to get back on the ice before the NHL's labor dispute is resolved.

"We want to be on the ice playing hockey, and we're hoping the tour puts some emphasis back on the game itself," Brodeur said.

For fans in Europe, the tour brings an opportunity to see their favorite teams up against players they normally only see on TV.

The team will play some of the top clubs in Latvia, Switzerland and Sweden, as well as all-star teams in Russia, Poland, Slovakia and Norway. The Russian league canceled its annual all-stars game, to have the all-star team play the World Stars instead.

"In Russia, the excitement is very, very high," said Brad Robins, a spokesman for the player agency IMG, which is the main organizer of the tour. "And countries like Norway and Poland would never get this opportunity."

On Monday in Latvia, a hockey-mad country of 2.3 million residents, fans were scrambling to buy tickets for Thursday's opening match between the all-stars and Latvian league champions Riga 2000, led by the Colorado Avalanche's Latvian defenseman Karlis Skrastins.

The NHL players will begin practicing in Toronto on Tuesday and fly to Riga on Wednesday, Riga 2000 team president Viesturs Koziols said.

While in Riga, the NHLers will practice with a youth team, sign autographs, and lay flowers at the grave of Sergei Zholtok, a Latvian forward who played for a decade in the NHL and died last month during a Riga 2000 game in Belarus.

Proceeds from the tour will be donated to two NHL charities, the Goals and Dreams Foundation and the Garth Brooks Foundation.

more:
http://msn.foxsports.com/story/3222706

fuzzwuzz
12-09-2004, 11:51 PM
Team of locked out NHL players heads to Europe for seven-country tour

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20041207/ca_pr_on_sp/nhl_euro_tour_1