Scottish Hockey’s Final Outdoor Tournament of 2019 Cancelled

The frozen pitch at the Scottish National Hockey centre. Courtesy: Scottish Hockey

Scottish Hockey’s Super Series event was cancelled because sub-zero temperatures left the pitches frozen at the weekend.

The event was due to take place at the Scottish National Hockey Centre in Glasgow from Friday until Sunday.

Cancellations were made by Scottish Hockey as Glasgow saw the coldest weather so far this winter with temperatures reaching -5°c.

The Super Series is the final outdoor hockey event of the year and features over 100 of the top talents and prospects in the country.

A men’s tournament and a women’s tournament feature at the event.

The tournament has implications for national selection and provides players with a chance to prove their worth to national coaches.

Players were left disappointed in the cancellation after preparing for the season-finale tournament.

Mckenzie Bell, a women’s player from the Western Wildcats club, would have competed for the Glasgow Thunder women’s team during the tournament.

Bell said “I’m absolutely gutted that it was cancelled. It is a great tournament with a brilliant atmosphere and a really good opportunity for players to be seen by national coaches.”

Bell joined the Scotland squad after strong performances at last year’s Super Series.

Scottish Hockey selects the top talent from all corners if the country to compete in the “best v best” tournament.

Players are selected for the tournament roughly based on their geographical location and play for either the Edinburgh Lightning, Glasgow Thunder or Dundee Devils.

Super Series games are shorter than regular games and running penalties awarded after every goal ensure that the action keeps moving. This makes it easily consumable and understandable for newbies to the sport.

The tournament is set to be rescheduled for June 2020.