Manchester To Play For VIP Cup
MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have partnered with VIP Parts, Tires and Service and the Portland Pirates to introduce and compete for the VIP Cup throughout the 2012-13 season, Monarchs President Darren Abbott announced on Tuesday.
The number of games the Monarchs and Pirates will face-off in during the 2012-13 is still to be determined. The team with the best record following those games will be the winner of the inaugural VIP Cup. The Monarchs collected a record of 7-5-0-0 in 12 contests against the Pirates last season and own a 58-37-4-15 record all-time in match-ups with Portland.
“It is a pleasure to partner with VIP and add a competitive trophy to the great rivalry that we have developed with the Pirates over the years,” said Abbott. “The Monarchs look forward to this partnership and the ensuing on-ice battles for the coveted trophy.”
“We’re thrilled about how VIP Parts, Tires & Service has added even more excitement and energy to the Portland-Manchester rivalry,” said Brian Petrovek, Pirates Managing Owner/CEO. “VIP has been a valued partner of the Portland Pirates organization in the past and we’re excited about their return to the family during our 20th Anniversary season.”
“All of us at VIP Parts, Tires & Service are excited about our partnership with the Monarchs and Pirates and the introduction of the VIP Cup,” said Tim Winkeler, Vice President of Marketing at VIP Parts, Tires & Service. “Portland and Manchester have some of the best fans around. We believe the VIP Cup will be a great way to add something extra to what is already a special hockey rivalry. We wish the best of luck to both organizations and may the best team win!”
In addition to attending the games, fans can follow the series on the official VIP Cup website which will be unveiled in August. In early July, fans can participate in the VIP Cup logo design contest. An inspiration of the winning logo will be used for the series and the creator will receive a special prize from VIP and the team they support. Stay tuned to the Monarchs and Pirates Facebook and Twitter accounts for more details on the contest leading into the 2012-13 season.
Game dates for the VIP Cup will be released later this summer.
VIP Parts, Tires & Service, proud sponsor of the VIP Cup, operates 56 stores throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, customers choose VIP for their low prices, lifetime warranties, and large selection of auto parts, tires and automotive services. Find out more about VIP Parts, Tires & Service at www.VIPauto.com where you can sign up to receive VIP’s weekly special offers.
Fans may also vote for the VIP Cup Player of the Series. Fans who log onto the website and vote for the player of their choice will be receive a special offer from VIP and if their team wins the VIP Cup, they will receive a gift at their local VIP Parts, Tires and Service location.
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