By John Vogl
The Rochester Americans will head to Switzerland next season to compete in the prestigious Spengler Cup, a four-team tournament that featured Jason Pominville- and Jochen Hecht-led Adler Mannheim this season.
The Amerks competed in the tournament in 1996 and are the only professional hockey team from North America to take part.
"The Rochester Americans are extremely honored to have been selected to play in the 2013 Spengler Cup and represent the American Hockey League,” Americans and Sabres President Ted Black said in a statement. “This is a truly unique opportunity that will provide an incredibly valuable experience for our players.
"The chance for the Amerks to participate in the Spengler Cup for the second time will add another chapter to the great history of this storied franchise."
The tournament will be held Dec. 26-31, which will mean a brief interruption to the Amerks' AHL season.
"The American Hockey League is privileged to once again take part in one of the most historic hockey tournaments in the world,” said David Andrews, president and CEO of the AHL. “We are appreciative of the relationship which we have developed with the Spengler Cup Organizational Committee and thank them for inviting the Rochester Americans to participate in this year’s event.”
The Spengler Cup began in 1923.
"When you know how pressured the AHL schedule is and how busy the teams are, you realize how lucky we are to have the Rochester Americans in the Spengler Cup,” said Fredi Pargätzi, president of the Spengler Cup Organizational Committee. “What I find particularly pleasing and important is the fact that those in charge of the Buffalo Sabres fully support the Americans’ participation in the Spengler Cup.”
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