Minnesota's Wright Homes Named World Hockey Champs (Again) at Red Bull Open Ice 2011 Global Finals

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Wright Homes scores a winning goal in overtime securing their slot as Red Bull Open Ice Champion for the second year in a row

“We beat the Finns in 2010, they are a fantastic team but we persevered and beat them again this year

Hockey fans witnessed a global showdown today in Minneapolis when 32 teams fought for the title of Red Bull Open Ice Champion. The tournament concluded its third year bringing the spirit and traditions of hockey back to its origins: outside in the freezing temperatures of Minnesota. Despite a gallant effort by all, team Wright Homes took themselves to the top in overtime during the final round against Finnish team HC Kings, defending their championship title.

“We beat the Finns in 2010, they are a fantastic team but we persevered and beat them again this year,” stated Wright Homes. “We were down a team member but we still won.”

Both teams made a tournament appearance last year; however, the HC Kings lost in the first round, coincidentally against Wright Homes. Rumor spread quickly that the team from Finland was out for revenge, having spent all of last year training to beat their former fierce competitors.

Minnesotans proved that it is in fact the “State of Hockey” as three hometown teams advanced to the frozen final four. Despite the brutally cold weather, the local fans came out in groves to witness the U.S.A. team take the title once again.

Qualifiers were held globally, openly inviting everyone and anyone to compete. Gauntlets of hockey squads came from Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Rochester, Finland, Canada, Hungary and Slovenia to compete. This year’s Red Bull Open Ice Global Final took place at The OVAL. Their 110,000 square foot slab of ice is the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America, second in the world.

About Red Bull Open Ice
Red Bull Open Ice has earned its reputation for being one of the toughest hockey competitions forcing all who participate to prove their stamina and skills.

Red Bull Open Ice is about love of the game – bringing the spirit and tradition of hockey back to its origins outdoors on frozen lakes and ponds. The only requirements are passion, a little talent and, of course, a helmet and skates. Skating in freezing temperatures, the players are there for one reason only, to play the sport as it was meant to be played – raw, where pure skill takes center stage.

For more information on the tournament, visit http://www.redbullusa.com/openice.

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