2013 Labatt Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament Under Way
SPRINGFIELD, MA - The American Hockey League and Labatt Blue have announced that the 2013 Labatt Blue Bubble Hockey Tournament of Champions is now under way as the Manchester Monarchs and nine other AHL cities are participating in the tournament.
Entry is free, and no purchase is necessary. Players must be 21 or older to participate.
The tournament is taking place in three stages. Over the next two months, each participating team is hosting a series of qualifying nights in local sports bars, restaurants and taverns. A total of eight qualifiers from each city will advance to the team finals, which will be held in AHL arenas to determine each team champion. Finally, the 10 individual team winners will advance and earn a trip to the ultimate Tournament of Champions, scheduled at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, on April 21, 2013.
The winner of the 2013 Labatt Blue Tournament of Champions presented by the AHL will receive a Labatt Blue AHL Bubble Hockey game from Super Chexx, as well as a mini replica Calder Cup trophy from the AHL. For a full tournament schedule please visit theahl.com.
Participating teams in this second-annual event include the Adirondack Phantoms, Albany Devils, Binghamton Senators, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut Whale, Hershey Bears, Portland Pirates, Springfield Falcons, Worcester Sharks and the Monarchs.
The Monarchs travel to play the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. Catch all the play-by-play action of Monarchs hockey with Ken Cail on the Monarchs Radio Network WGIR.com and at www.manchestermonarchs.com, presented by Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.