Winterhawks look ahead to Neely Cup

The 2014-15 hockey season will officially get underway on Wednesday, August 20 when over 80 players report to training camp. Players will undergo fitness testing that day, with on-ice sessions beginning at Winterhawks Skating Center the following day - Thursday, August 21.

Fans will be able to enjoy the annual intrasquad Neely Cup Tournament from Aug. 21 – 24 at Winterhawks Skating Center. After the Hawks had four American-born players taken in this year's NHL Draft (Dominic Turgeon, Alex Schoenborn, Keegan Iverson and Chase De Leo), the four teams in the Neely Cup will be named after American-born Winterhawks alumni who went on to the NHL: Brandon Dubinsky, Paul Gaustad, Seth Jones and Michael Sauer.

As the popularity of the Neely Cup has grown with each year, the games will be ticketed this year in order to ensure the organization is in compliance with fire codes. There will be 100 four-day passes available for $20 that will allow access to all games, and 50 additional daily passes for $5 which will allow entry to both games on a particular day.

Neely Cup tickets will go on sale Monday, August 18 at 10 a.m. at the Winterhawks' office at Veterans Memorial Coliseum and by phone at 503-236-HAWK. The team is expecting most sessions to sell out and fans should purchase their tickets in advance to ensure their spot. The Neely Cup will be the only portion of training camp open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 21st

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Gaustad vs. Dubinsky

6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Sauer vs. Jones

Friday, August 22nd

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Jones vs. Dubinsky

6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Sauer vs. Gaustad

Saturday, August 23rd

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Sauer vs. Dubinsky

6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Gaustad vs. Jones

Sunday, August 24th

8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Teams TBD – Third place game

10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Teams TBD – First place game

Following Sunday's games will be the Toyota Hockey Family Fest in the parking lot of the Skating Center, with street hockey, inflatable bounce houses, autographs and photos with Winterhawks players, food and much more. The festival will continue until 4 p.m. Toyota will also be on site with some of their newest vehicle models and will have Winterhawks prizes to give away.

Premier Membership season tickets and 20, 12 and 6-game plans for 2014-15 are on sale now. Contact the Winterhawks today at 503-236-HAWK or to guarantee the best seat locations.

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