Beers were flowing in the Hard Rock Café last night as the medallists from the Men’s 30+ Ice Hockey tournament at the Winter World Masters Games 2020 gathered to celebrate their success and the end of a tough few days on the ice, rubbing shoulders with their competitor teams in a relaxed and convivial environment.
Zerkula Zsolt, a member of the silver medal winning Fortunato Devils from Transylvanian, Rumania praised every aspect of the event, “We loved our hotel, the food and the efficient organisation and really enjoyed the competition even with the sometimes tough scheduling of two matches on the same day”.
Members of the Australian bronze medal winners, The Brisbane Rusty Blades were having a good time, claiming that if there was a gold medal for beer drinking it would be theirs! Player Daniel Thornton, (nickname Emu), admitted that they had not expected to do so well or even win a game as the team had only had one practice game together before the competition as players currently live in three different continents. “The competition was awesome and the ice couldn’t have been better”, he said. “We would especially like to thank ice hockey co-ordinator Ambrose Kuthy for going above and beyond the call of duty”.
Also enjoying the evening and eagerly awaiting the start of the Men’s 50+ Ice hockey games were players from Canada’s Edmonton Flyers, the reigning world champions in this category from the 2015 WWMG who are determined to defend their title.
Highlight of the evening was the appearance and poem recital of Professor Walter Epp, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, ice hockey player, poet and ambassador for the charitable organisation, Hockey without Borders, which supports and promotes the development of ice hockey, in non-traditional ice hockey playing countries (see www.hockeywithoutborders.org for further information). His team, the Thunder Bay Thunder, are one of the four teams competing in the Men’s 50+ Ice hockey competition over the next few days.