The Amerigol LATAM Cup in South Florida, hosted by the Florida Panthers August 23-27, featured the Greek Heritage team. The highlight of the tournament was the 5-0 shutout victory over Team Mexico, an action-packed game that attracted hockey fans from across the country to watch the game.
The Greek heritage team began accumulating a rapidly growing list of players interested in meeting the eligibility requirements to eventually play for the Greek national team. These requirements would include acquiring Greek citizenship and a Greek passport and participating in two seasons of hockey in a soon-to-be-restarted Greek hockey league over a period of 18 months without interruption by officially playing hockey in another country.
Greek ice hockey leaders and the Greek Heritage Team are committed to growing the sport in their families’ homeland by striving to return the national team to International Hockey Federation World Championship competition on ice (IIHF) by providing structure, resources and adequate supervision. to children who play or wish to play hockey in Greece and to build a permanent ice rink in the country to encourage continued growth and development.
The biggest goal remains building an NHL-sized rink in the county. The cost of building a temporary ice rink under a golf-style covered dome is estimated at between 150,000 and 200,000 euros and would be considered an ice rink under IIHF standards and would allow the national team to return to competitions in the World Championship. The second option is to find donors who would be interested in owning and establishing a permanently structured ice rink in the country, ideally in Thessaloniki, where travel to other neighboring countries for competition would be easier. The estimated cost of building such a facility would be between €1 million and €2 million, with both options expected to be completed by spring 2025.
The team is offering jerseys and other merchandise at www.whjcanada.com, where 50 percent of profits will go toward building an arena in Greece. There is also a website for donations to help raise funds: https://www.gofundme.com/f/greek-heritage-team-funding and the IIHF has pledged financial assistance for a one-time facility. once the team is closer to fundraising. goals.
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