Ice Hockey Classic: Newcastle Northstars get chance to shine in home exhibition match

ICE MOVE: The USA's Austin Smith on the attack against Canada in the Ice Hockey Classic charity exhibition game at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on Wednesday night. Picture: Rhys Lavender/Powerplay Photographics

ICE MOVE: The USA's Austin Smith on the attack against Canada in the Ice Hockey Classic charity exhibition game at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium on Wednesday night. Picture: Rhys Lavender/Powerplay Photographics

SEVEN Newcastle Northstars were part of the action as USA took on Canada in the Ice Hockey Classic in front of a sell-out crowd at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, Warners Bay, on Wednesday night.

Billed as the biggest ice hockey game ever held in Newcastle, the charity exhibition match featured Northstars Kale Kerbashian, Joe Harcharik, Felix-Antoine Poulin, Bert Malloy, John Kennedy jnr, Charlie Smart and Nick Mizen.

They played alongside past and present NHL players as well as professionals from the top leagues in North America and Europe. The game was a warm-up of sorts for the touring group which will play at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday and Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on June 24.

The Ice Hockey Classic visit was designed to raise awareness and funds for charities and causes, including StopConcussions, Shoot for a Cure and Brain Injury Australia. It also gave fans the chance to meet NHL players and see a hall of fame display featuring the Canada Cup. 

Canada won 7-5.

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