2017 AIHL Finals presented by Air Canada
The Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) is excited to announce the return of the 2017 AIHL Finals presented by Air Canada to Melbourne.
O’Brien Group Arena will host the AIHL Final Four teams from 2-3 September for a weekend finals series featuring non-stop action:
3pm Sat 2 Sept: Semi-Final (1 v 4)
6pm Sat 2 Sept: Semi-Final (2 v 3)
Grand Final Sunday:
3pm Sun 3 Sept: 2017 AIHL Grand Final
AIHL teams will play for AIHL Championship honours and the iconic Goodall Cup. First awarded in 1909, the Goodall Cup is the world’s third oldest hockey trophy.
AIHL Commissioner Robert Bannerman is enthused about returning to Melbourne.
“With hockey facilities improving across Australia the AIHL’s options for the Finals are growing, which is great for the sport and our fans, said Robert.
“Melbourne remains a sporting mecca in Australia – welcoming all to the city – and in September, has a fantastic finals feeling. We’re thrilled to host our Championship series in Docklands.
“The O’Brien Group Arena is home to the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, an ideal venue for the peak of the AIHL’s season. Every year the Finals weekend becomes bigger and better. With a festival atmosphere, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
Air Canada’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Paul McLean is excited to partner with the AIHL once more.
“This is our fifth year as naming rights partner of the AIHL Finals, said McLean.
“It’s an event that brings to life the same characteristics of Air Canada – thrilling, an experience beyond the ordinary – ice hockey in Australia is going from strength to strength and we are proud to share the journey with AIHL fans.”
The AIHL also welcomes AIHL Live to the Finals mix this year, offering fans anywhere in the world the ability to tune in via our first pay-per-view offering.
“We’re excited to take the Finals to our growing global audience, said Bannerman.
“Globally, ice hockey is reaching bigger audiences each year and we’re investing in a digital platform that will share our sport with fans across Australia and the world.”