This month, Australia’s sporting capital welcomes teams from the USA and Canada as they face off in one of the world’s most famous rivalries!

The two teams have already faced off in Sydney and now, it’s Melbourne’s turn!


Important info – USA vs. Canada ice hockey

    • Saturday, 24th June
    • Hisense Arena
    • Tickets are still available – but be quick!

Team USA

Team USA will be coached by Dave “Tiger” Williams, a former NHL player who played almost 1000 games between 1974 and 1988. He played

Team Canada

Canadian ice hockey legend and Hall of Fame inductee Darryl Sittler is gearing up as coach of Team Canada. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Detroit Red Wings between 1970 and 1985, creating one of the game’s most illustrious careers.

A super hot rivalry... even on the cold ice

Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella loves the spark of the US–Canada rivalry, saying “it kind of just lights itself up”.

So where did the rivalry come from?

Well, it’s certain to say ice hockey is not the only thing (let alone sport) that the USA and Canada face off against regularly. Often referred to as a “sibling rivalry”, the bickering between these two nations spans from food (can you believe the US doesn’t even have Cadbury’s?!) to famous people (we can blame Canada for Justin Bieber).

One of the earliest battles between the two happened during the first Olympic hockey tournament back in 1920, where Canada beat the US 2-0 to progress to the final, where they thrashed Sweden, 12-1, and claimed gold. (The US did manage to beat Sweden and then Czechoslovakia to claim silver, though.)

Check out these memorable moments in the USA–Canada hockey rivalry.

Getting to Hisense Arena

  • Outer doors open at 6pm
  • Inner doors open at 6:30pm
  • Puck drops at 7:30pm - don't miss a minute of the action!

Getting to Hisense Arena is easy – we suggest taking the tram to avoid traffic and parking worries. Simply walk, tram (#12 tram), or bus (#234 or #236 bus) up to Flinders Street and catch the #70 tram – it will drop you right at the door of Hisense!


The match will also be raising awareness for the STOPCONCUSSIONS Foundation in association with Brain Injury Australia.

The STOPCONCUSSIONS Foundation is an educational and awareness platform that addresses the growing trend of dangerous concussions in all sports. It was founded by former European champion Kerry Goulet and Canadian hockey stars (and brothers!) Keith and Wayne Primeau.

Goulet was knocked out three times during his professional career, but estimates he received at least 20 concussions.

It supports players, but also parents, coaches, and officials. The ultimate goal is to create safer sportsmen and women.

The foundation has formed an alliance with Brain Injury Australia and also sponsors concussion protocols for Ice Hockey Australia and the Australian Ice Hockey League. 

Limited tickets remain, but you better be quick. Snap them up today ONLY from the official ticketing partner, Ticketek. Please note Hisense Arena has explicitly warned fans to not purchase from any other source – don’t risk it!

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Make a weekend of it and stay at Urban Central!

Our clean dorm and private rooms are the perfect place to end a night out watching a sport that we Aussies have become infatuated with! Book online now!