Tour will include 10 games in 7 countries
With no end to the lockout in sight, sports management firm IMG put together a team of 25 players who will compete in 10 games in seven countries from Dec. 9-23.
The Worldstars team will compete against other NHL players already playing in Europe. The first game will take place in Riga, Latvia, on Dec. 9, followed by stops in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Bratislava, Slovakia; Bern, Switzerland; Karlstad, Jonkoping and Linkoping, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; and Katowice, Poland.
"We as hockey players are missing the game a lot. This is a great option to get back on the ice," said Brodeur, who has been coaching his kids' hockey team and doing some skating with a few of his New Jersey Devils teammates.
Wayne Gretzky and IMG organized a similar tour 10 years ago during the last NHL lockout. Gretzky recently said that tour was more about partying than serious competition.
The proceeds from this tour will be split between the players and two charities. Eight of the 10 games will be broadcast on pay-per-view in Canada.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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