Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Ice Hockey Classic Fun Facts

What is new with the Ice Hockey Classic this year?

For this upcoming tour, we will be playing games in New Zealand along with games in Australia. The first games of the tour will begin in New Zealand with games being played at The Spark Arena in Auckland, the Queenstown Ice Arena in Queenstown and the addition of an outdoor game at West Pac Stadium in Wellington. This inaugural event in Wellington is the first ever outdoor game in the Southern Hemisphere.

Who are some past players who have played in the Ice Hockey Classic Tour?

The Ice Hockey Classic Tour is an exhibition series that is comprised of highly skilled Canadian and American hockey players. Some notable NHL stars and alumni include Wayne Gretzky, Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Ian Cole (Pittsburgh Penguins), Scott Darling (Carolina Hurricanes) Ben Scrivens (Goalie for Team Canada’s Men National Olympic Team) and many more!

What does money from the Ice Hockey Classic go towards?

Throughout the years, the Ice Hockey Classic has donated a portion of the funding to following Australian initiatives:

  • Brain Injury Australia
  • StopConcussions globally
  • Shoot for a Cure
  • Ice Factor
  • Lone Pine Sanctuary
  • Lady Cilentro
  • Camp Quality
  • AIHL (Australian Ice Hockey League) for development for concussion protocol for its national league
  • Resources to support on ice clinics for youth hockey players in South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland

What countries have hosted the Ice Hockey Classic in the past?

The Ice Hockey Classic has had games in Australia since 2015 with games being played in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle.

Why should I buy tickets to the game?

This is the best chance to see highly skilled hockey players from Canada and the USA in an atmosphere that is similar to a North American hockey game. The tour and games are meant to provide funds and awareness for neurotrauma in sports.

How can I get involved with the event?

You can donate directly to Brain Injury Australia, StopConcussions and Shoot for A Cure. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the event, please contact

How long is an Ice Hockey Classic game?

An Ice Hockey Classic game is three 20 minute periods. Between each period the Zamboni floods the ice, typically making the game last around two hours.

What is the size of the rink and how long does it take to make?

The rink is 200ft (61m) x 85ft (26m) and takes about three days to build. The ice is approximately ¾ inches thick is usually kept at a temperature of 16 degrees for proper hardness. The thicker the ice becomes, the softer and slower it is. It takes two days for the ice and one day for the boards.

What is the puck made of and how fast can it travel?

A hockey puck is made of vulcanized rubber, and is three inches in diameter and one inch thick. The puck weighs six ounces and can travel as fast as 160 km/hr.

How many players are on the ice at a time?

Each team has 6 players (3 forwards, 2 Defensemen and a Goalie) on at a time for a total of 12 skaters on the ice without any penalties.

What is a Zamboni?

A Zamboni is a machine that is used to resurface the ice.