Thun­der in arena cur­tain raiser

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By TOM RABE

BE­FORE Team Canada and USA hit the ice this month, the Perth Thun­der will show­case the best of the Aus­tralian Ice Hockey League as they take on reign­ing cham­pi­ons the Mel­bourne Mus­tangs.

The league-lead­ing Thun­der will take to the ice just hours be­fore the North Amer­i­can hockey pow­er­houses thrill more than 10,000 West Aus­tralians on June 20.

Perth Thun­der gen­eral manager Stan Scott said it was a good op­por­tu­nity for the club to re­mind lo­cals there was a com­pet­i­tive league in their back yard.

“It’s ex­cel­lent for us to have the op­por­tu­nity to show­case our­selves,” he said.

“We want peo­ple to know we have an ex­cep­tion­ally good league here in Australia and for us, we’ve got an ex­cep­tion­ally good team here in Perth.”

Scott said the lo­gis­tics of or­gan­is­ing an event in­volv­ing two in­ter­na­tional and AIHL teams proved dif­fi­cult, but was fi­nalised late last month.

“There were mur­mur­ings in Fe­bru­ary but we kept it un­der wraps they’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” he said.

The Thun­der game will start at 3.30pm on June 20.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d438646

Perth Thun­der play­ers Luke Jud­son and Toni Klu­uskeri.

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