World Cup gets underway including Opening Ceremonies
August 23, 2019
Team NAHL is making final preparations for their first game at the 2019 Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup.
Team NAHL will take on Oulun Karpat from Finland on Saturday, August 24th at 8pm (1pm eastern/12pm central) at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia.
The game can be watched live on for free on the NAHLTV YouTube Channel
The Opening Ceremony and first game of the event was held on Friday, August 23rd, which featured Lokomotiv (Russia) coming from behind to defeat the AJHL (Canada), 3-2
Team NAHL captain Jake Beaune represented the North American Hockey League and the United States by carrying the United States flag out during the opening ceremonies.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, spoke during the ceremony.
Rewatch the Opening Ceremony and first game here
The 2019 Sirius Ice Hockey World Cup is being held at the home of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia from August 23-31, 2019. The annual tournament, which is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), brings together world-class junior hockey clubs from various countries for competition. Games are being played at the Shayba Arena, which is a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena located at Sochi Olympic Park in Adler.
Team NAHL will be in Pool B and will compete in round-robin play against Oulun Karpat (Finland), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), and HC Ocelari Trinec (Czech Republic). Pool A features Lokomotiv (Russia), Albert Junior Hockey League (Canada), Modo Hockey (Sweden), and HC Davos (Switzerland).
Team NAHL Schedule (all times central)
Monday, August 19 – Exhibition Game, Team NAHL 3 vs. Krylya Sovetov 1
Saturday, August 24 – Round-Robin Game #1, Team NAHL vs. Oulun Karpat, 12:00pm
Monday, August 26 – Round-Robin Game #2, Team NAHL vs. Red Bull Salzburg, 11:00am
Wednesday, August 28 – Round-Robin Game #3, Team NAHL vs. HC Ocelari Trinec, 11:00am
Thursday, August 29 – 5th and 7th place games, 7:00am and 11:00am
Friday, August 30 – Semi-Final games, 7:00am and 11:00am
Saturday, August 31 - 3rd place game, 7:00am – Championship Game, 11:00am
Team NAHL is coached by Aberdeen Wings head coach Scott Langer, who will serve as head coach and Amarillo Bulls head coach Rocky Russo, who will be the assistant coach.