Team­mates now ri­vals

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place -

FOR­MER team­mates Andrew Cox and Dave Ruck will be ri­vals in the 2016 Ul­ti­mate Ice Hockey Chal­lenge (UIHC) this year.

Cox has de­fected from the North­ern Stars to head up the South­ern Suns this year while Ruck will cap­tain the Stars in this year’s three-game se­ries that will raise money for Telethon.

“It’s al­ways com­pet­i­tive, it doesn’t mat­ter who you’re play­ing for, Cox said. “Be­ing named cap­tain is a huge hon­our and I’m just ex­cited for the se­ries to start.

“Be­ing part of a game for char­ity makes it ex­cit­ing too.”

Ruck said that at age 47 he re­lied on his abil­ity to read the play on the ice.

“I like to think my in­flu­ence over my team­mates will help with their game too,” he said.

Cox is among 15 Perth Thun­der players who were se­lected for the 2016 UIHC in the draft that in­volved each coach – Darin Bryce (North­ern Stars) and Markus Franken­berger (South­ern Suns) – choos­ing one player at a time.

Ruck was as­sis­tant coach of the Thun­der this year lead­ing them to the semi fi­nal.

“We made the semi-fi­nals again this year but haven’t made it past there yet,” Ruck said. Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

“We’ll be out to rec­tify that next sea­son.”

UIHC di­rec­tor John Ca­puto said the team lists looked very even this year .“It just keeps get­ting big­ger and bet­ter each year,” he said.

D459903 Ul­ti­mate Ice Hockey Chal­lenge Game 1: Oc­to­ber 15 Cock­burn Ice Arena Game 2: Oc­to­ber 22 Perth Ice Arena, Malaga Game 3 - Oc­to­ber 29 Cock­burn Ice Arena Tick­ets: Adult $20, child $10 or Cham­pi­onship Pass adult $45, child $15. Visit www.uihc.com.au. E

Andrew Cox and Dave Ruck.

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