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Recap – Ice Hockey Classic – Meet the Players (Sydney)
Friday 14 July 2017

PICTURE: Monica Lunin (CACC Director), Valerie Fowler (Consul General of the United States of America, Sydney), Darryl Sittler (Ice Hockey Classic), Dave "Tiger" Williams (Ice Hockey Classic), Gordon Grieve (Chairman, Piper Alderman), Toni Miil (Stop Concussions), Mike Bacina (Partner, Piper Alderman / Chair, SME Committee), Doug Carmichael (CACC Director)

On June 15th, the CACC and AmCham, along with Piper Alderman, hosted some of the stars of the Ice Hockey Classic between Team Canada and Team USA in Sydney.  Lucky Chamber members were able to network with each other and mingle with coaches, trainers, captains and players from both teams in a relaxed and personal setting.  The mixer also raised funds for the StopConcussions Foundation.

Ms. Valerie Crites Fowler, Consul General of the United States of America (Sydney) attended the event and remarked, “The United States and Canada share more than the world’s longest peaceful border - we also share a passion for sports.  And no sport better captures Canadian hearts and minds than hockey, with the United States trying hard to match our northern neighbors on the ice.  As an ardent Detroit Red Wings fan, I’ve loved hockey as long as I can remember, and was delighted to see this terrific game brought to Australia, a country that fully shares North America’s enthusiasm for sports.  The skill and sportsmanship of the players and coaches, each donating his time for the wonderful cause of the StopConcussions Foundation, impressed all who attended the games in Sydney and Melbourne.  I was delighted the USA triumphed in Melbourne after going down to defeat in Sydney.  Thanks to the CACC for their work in supporting the Ice Hockey Classic Mixer.” 

PICTURE: Doug Carmichael (CACC Director) & Robert Hossary (AMCHAM)

After the event, Robert Hossary, General Manager - NSW & ACT, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, acknowledged the warm welcome that AMCHAM members received at the CACC. He said, “It is important that the business community works together to help address important issues like StopConcussions. What better way of doing this than joining together to enjoy the Ice Hockey Challenge.”

PICTURE: Ice Hockey Classic Tour - Players, Coaches, Trainers

The CACC would like to thank the StopConcussions FoundationAMCHAMPiper Alderman, the Canadian Consulate and the U.S. State Department for their support on this event and also Zonte’s Footsteps, a South Australian winery and Empire Liquor, the Australian distributor of Fuller’s Ales, who supplied the beverages for the evening.

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PICTURE: Canada Cup with some hockey fans!

The 2017 Ice Hockey Classic raised awareness and funds for the StopConcussions Foundation in association with Nick Rushworth of Brain Injury Australia and Barry Munro of Shoot For A Cure. 

The StopConcussions platform was founded by former European star Kerry Goulet and ex-NHL stars Keith and Wayne Primeau.

StopConcussions is a concussion / neurotrauma educational and awareness platform for all sports, to address the growing trend of concussions in sports. It is an educational portal that players, parents, coaches, and officials can visit to seek information regarding concussions, with the goal of becoming more aware and ultimately safer individuals in their respective sports. 

Founded in 1986, Brain Injury Australia is the national peak advocacy organisation representing the needs of the over 700,000 Australians with a brain injury, their families and carers. It is also the central clearinghouse of information and gateway to nationwide referral for optimising their social and economic participation. Brain Injury Australia also drives multi-year public awareness campaigns devoted to: the leading cause of death and disability in children who have been abused, inflicted traumatic brain injury (sometimes called “shaken baby syndrome”); concussion in sport; the leading cause of head injury, falls - due to the ageing of our population; women, family violence and traumatic brain injury; and people with a brain injury in the criminal justice system (as many as 80 per cent of Australia's adult prisoners report brain injury).

Shoot for a Cure is a fundraising campaign of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO), the American Spinal Research Organization (ASRO) and the StopConcussions Foundation, integrating professional and amateur sports/sporting events, corporate sponsorship and community partnerships, which includes other non-profits and non-governmental organizations. Our goal is to raise funds, increase awareness and assist in prevention and cure of neurotrauma injuries. Shoot for a Cure is an international campaign uniting neurotrauma communities around a common cause.