I and Aarhus Smileys are proud to host the IISHF Men Invitation Cup 2012.
Aarhus Smileys was founded in 1997 as a skaterhockey section under “Aarhus Idrætsforening af 1900” commonly known as Aarhus 1900. Aarhus 1900 is one of Denmark’s oldest sports clubs. It has sections for athletics, badminton, orienteering, swimming, triathlon, tennis and volley.
A number of Aarhus 1900 athletes have participated in The Olympics, World Championships and European Championships.
I was among the founding members of Aarhus Smileys, and I am very happy to see the club has grown from a few members to a size where we have the facilities and organisation to host a large international tournament like the Men’s Invitation Cup.
Smileys Arena is based in an old storage and maintenance garage, previously used by public transportation.
Our present arena was established in 2011 after a move from the harbour of Aarhus. The move was accomplished by a large effort from the entire club, which saw our court disassembled and rebuild at the new location. The club is continually working towards improving the conditions at Smileys Arena, and after a year of dedicated work by our members and executive board we were able to finance new flooring for the court. At the start of 2012 the acclaimed Sports Court was in place.
It is our hope that by hosting the Men’s Invitation Cup, and later this year the U19 European Championship we can promote and strengthen the skaterhockey sport not only in Aarhus but in all of Denmark.
I want to thank Aarhus 1900 for their help and support in hosting this Tournament. I would also thank IISHF for choosing Aarhus Smileys as hosts for this year’s Men’s Invitation Cup and for their cooperation in making it a success.
On behalf of Aarhus Smileys I welcome all teams, officials, spectators, sponsors and partners to Aarhus. I wish you all a pleasant stay. We especially wish the competing teams a sporty competitive tournament.
May the best team win!
Here you can see the tournament schedule it will also be uploaded to tournament standing as the tournament progresses.Tournament Schedule
Chairman of Aarhus Smileys
I am very pleased, as President of the International Inline-Skaterhockey Federation, to welcome you to the Men Cup Winner European Cup 2012 in Skaterhockey in Århus, Denmark which takes place on August 25-26, 2012 (games played on Saturday and Sunday). I would like to thank the Danish Federation and the hosting club Århus Smileys for the interest and support that has been given to this tournament. The Organising Committee organized by Nils Hedehus Hansen and Henrik Matthiesen has worked very hard on all the technical and social details, and this, along with the wonderful hospitality of the hosting club and the superb organisation of this important event, are the guarantees for a successful competition. I would like to wish all the players, team officials and spectators who have come from around Europe a lot of luck in this Title Event and I hope that you will enjoy this tournament.
I would also like to thank all the IISHF officials and referees. My special thanks go to our Danish friends who have devoted their time and efforts to this main event which, I am sure, will be very successful. Aarhus Smileys is a host with a lot of experience from hosting many domestic skaterhockey events over the years and also the Women European Championship in 2008 so this will hopefully be another great time for all of us enjoying this fast and lively sport.
The Men Cup Winner Cup takes place for the second time. Last year was the first time with SHC Givisiez, Switzerland as the hosting club.
This year we have participation of 10 teams from 5 countries coming from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. The defending Champion is the team SHC Rolling Aventicum from Switzerland who won the Men Cup Winner European Cup in 2011.
Skaterhockey is a fast growing sport which can be played both outdoors and indoors. The game is played with a ball and is a very fast and exciting game. This tournament is played indoor on a 20×40 meter rink.
The International Inline-Skaterhockey Federation consists today of 11 countries.
Erik Sommer, President of the IISHF