Outdoor Hockey in August: The 2018 “Henke and Zucca” Summer Classic Set to Go in Oslo, Norway

The New York Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello and Henrik Lundqvist are teaming up for the 2018 Henke and Zucca Summer Classic, an outdoor charity game to be held this Saturday at Ulleval Stadium in Oslo, Norway. The event, expected to fill the 23,000 seat stadium, will raise money for the Lundqvist Foundation, the Zuccarello Foundation and Right to Play, which aims to assist children and young people in challenging situations around the world.

 

After four years of hosting the “Zuccarello All–Star Game” in Stavanger (more on last year’s event is here.), the event is now moving to Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium. For the first time, Oslo’s largest stadium and home to Norway’s National Football Team, will be transformed in to an outdoor hockey rink in the middle of summer. The Summer Classic will be Norway’s largest sporting charity event.

Hello Oslo! 1 day to go.. www.summerclassic2018.com

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Captains’ Zuccarello and Lundqvist held a selection draft Friday evening to form the teams for Saturday’s game. More than 30 NHL Players including Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Derek Brassard, Carl Hegelin, Antti Raanta, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, William Nylander, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, John Klingberg, Hampus Lindholm, Nino Niederreiter, Alexander Wennberg, William Karlsson, Mats Sundin and Peter Forsberg are all scheduled to play in the game.

TAG Heuer Draft Night 🥅 Team Henke vs Team Zucca ✔️@summerclassic2018

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The Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom was slated to participate, but had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts associated with his day with the Stanley Cup, also occurring this weekend.

2 days to showtime! #summerclassic #mktg

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Today press day, tomorrow game day! #summerclassic2018 @hank30nyr @matszuccarello

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Bli med på tidenes hockeyfest nå på lørdag 👍 @summerclassic2018

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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