Williams announces NHL exhibition game for Mile One in September

Robin Short rshort@thetelegram.com
Published on March 13, 2014

The New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators will play a National Hockey League exhibition game Sept. 22 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.

Details were announced by St. John’s IceCaps president and CEO Danny Williams during a news conference Thursday at the Delta Hotel.

The game is the first event to be staged by IceCaps Entertainment, a newly-formed division of the IceCaps which will source and promote a wide range of sporting and entertainment events.

“We’re a preferred venue,” Williams said of St. John’s and Newfoundland. “People are standing up and taking notice. From an entertainment perspective, we’re drawing much better acts now into the city.

“With the connections we’ve established over the years, particularly Glenn (Stanford, the IceCaps’ governor and chief operating officer) through the AHL, people will come to us.”

In addition to hockey, Williams and Stanford both said IceCaps Entertainment will seek other sporting events, such as an NBA exhibition game.

An NBA game was to be played at Mile One in 2003, but was postponed because of humidity and condensation on the court as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors were warming up in front of a full house. That game was supposed to be Lebron James’s first as a pro, against a Raptors squad with Vince Carter at the peak of his career.

“An NBA game is on my bucket list,” Stanford said.

Williams also said IceCaps Entertainment will be going after national and international events through Hockey Canada.

“Any of these international events that will take place in a venue of our size, I think we will be at the top of the list,” he said.