Alums Take Hockey Down Under

Two teams, led by Ian Cole and Andrew Gordon, touring Australia for U.S. vs. Canada series.
A large crowd saw Canada win the first game of the series, 9-6, in Perth (Photo via @PerthArena on Twitter).

Two teams of Americans and Canadians - including more than a dozen NCAA alumni - are enjoying more than a typical hockey offseason. Instead, they've traveled to Australia, where they are playing a five-game exhibition series across the country.

Tour Site

Former Notre Dame star Ian Cole captains the U.S. team while former St. Cloud State star Andrew Gordon leads the Canadians. Each roster boasts several former college players (see list below).

The Canadians won the first game of the series, 9-6, Friday in Perth, Australia, in front of a huge crowd. Gordon had a hat trick to lead his team.

Cole is one of three Notre Dame alums on the U.S. team, including goaltender Steven Summerhays, who skated for the Fighting Irish this past season. All of the players have pro experience including a handful - like Cole and Gordon - who have played in the NHL.

The tour, which is the third of its kind, comes as interest in hockey in Australia is peaking. The Australian Ice Hockey League features eight teams with a game of the week broadcast nationally. Last month the first Australian-born player was taken in the NHL Draft: Nathan Walker by the Washington Capitals. Walker will join the American team on this tour once Capitals development camp concludes.

The two teams play again Saturday in Perth before visiting Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in the next two weeks.

NCAA Alums on Australia Tour

Canada  
Scott Arnold Niagara
Andrew Gordon St. Cloud State
Josh Lunden Alaska Anchorage
Sean McMonagle Brown
Blair Riley Ferris State
United States  
Ian Cole Notre Dame
Michael Forney North Dakota
Sebastien Geoffrion Alabama Huntsville
Ryan Ginand Northeastern
Kevin Lind Notre Dame
Louis Liotti Northeastern
Will MacDonald Princeton
Joe Marciano Colorado College
Kevin Ryan Niagara
Vinny Saponari Northeastern
Steven Summerhays Notre Dame
Matt Williams Niagara

 

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