Ice hockey a Swede deal for Aussie spectators

Daniel Goransson will compete in the Ultimate Ice Hockey Championships.
Daniel Goransson will compete in the Ultimate Ice Hockey Championships.

Established by Harcourts Integrity owner and ice hockey player John Caputo, the UIHC will be a three-game series between the Northern Stars and Southern Suns, starting on October 17.

Money raised from the first UIHC will go towards Teen Challenge in Warwick, which provides long-term residential treatment and rehabilitation services for young people struggling to overcome addiction.

Northern Stars player Goransson, who started playing ice hockey aged five, said the UIHC would bring people together and support both the local community and Perth�s growing ice hockey community.

�It seems like Australians love their physical sports and every Aussie person I have spoken to says they love the physical aspects of hockey,� he said.

�Also, being one of the if not, the fastest sport on earth the hits can be hard, the moves fancy and the game is never boring since the rink is so small and the play goes back and forth all the time.

�Ice hockey is definitely a spectator sport. Any person who likes AFL or rugby will fancy ice hockey as well.�

The physicality of the sport took a toll on Goransson, of Joondalup, with a few major injuries, the worst being a slap shot to the ankle ending his professional ice hockey career with the Hammarby IF in Sweden when he was 22.

After moving to Australia and having not been on the ice for seven years, Goransson was encouraged to return to the rink for Perth�s Super League in August.

Ultimate Ice Hockey Championship

– Xtreme Ice Arena Mirrabooka

– October 17, 24 and 31, 5.30-7.30pm

– Tickets $10 adults $3 children.

– Visit http://uihc.com.au/ purchase-tickets/