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Six collegiate hockey teams coming to Savannah

The Savannah Tire Hockey Classic — organized by the Savannah Sports Council, a division of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah — will play host to six of the South’s most exciting hockey teams for one of the biggest sporting events in Savannah on Jan. 16-18.

Since the tournament’s inception 16 years ago, there have been many memorable moments, including seven tournament championships by Georgia Tech, six by the University of Georgia and one championship each for Florida State and the University of Florida.

We have seen heated rivalries, nail-biting overtime games, and in the end, plenty of sportsmanship.

Every year, student athletes come to our city to participate in what some see as the biggest weekend of their hockey career. The players sign autographs after each game for kids who may have just seen his or her first ice hockey game, and they also make sure to stop by local charities while they’re in town.

Over the years the University of Georgia has gone to visit with children in at Memorial Health and Florida State has visited the West Broad Street YMCA for a day of community service.

The Savannah Tire Hockey Classic is grateful for the annual support given by the local business community, including a title sponsorship from Savannah Tire.

Sponsorships are still available for 2014 and are a great way to gain exposure, entertain current or potential clients and reward employees. The Savannah Tire Hockey Classic draws more than 10,000 spectators over three nights to the Savannah Civic Center each year.

Please join the Chamber for networking while enjoying hockey at the Chamber’s annual Hockey Business Connection from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. at the Savannah Civic Center.

Enjoy great networking, delicious food and a riveting hockey match between rival teams. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $30 for member guests. That includes a ticket to the 7:30 p.m. University of South Carolina vs. The Citadel rivalry hockey game. For more information, contact Stephanie Boaen at 912-644-6458 or SBoaen@SavannahChamber.com.

Tickets for all Hockey Classic matches are on sale now and can be purchased in person or online. All military and college students will receive $2 off on tickets with a valid ID.

Ticket prices are $10 for Mezzanine on Thursday, $12 on Friday and $14 on Saturday; for Loge seating, tickets are $14 on Thursday, $16 on Friday and $18 on Saturday.

The Savannah Sports Council will also focus on families for each night of the tournament. Thursday night will be “Kids Night,” where all kids under 12 years old will receive free admission (limit four children per one adult ticket). Family ticket packages are available on Friday and Saturday nights.

To purchase tickets, please call the Savannah Civic Center Box Office at 912-651-6556 or go to www.SavannahTireHockeyClassic.com.

For more information about sponsorships please contact Ben Wilder, director of the Savannah Sports Council at 912-644-6414 or bwilder@visitsavannah.com.

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