November 3, 2015
All-star lineup of Canadian Olympians and figure skating stars
announced for new Skate Niagara Ice Show
Professional figure skaters will hit the ice February 26 at The Meridian Centre
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (November 3, 2015)- For the second year in a row, Canadian Olympians and international figure skating stars will hit the ice for a spectacular event in St. Catharines, Ont.
The Skate Niagara Ice Show will feature several of the biggest names in figure skating for an unforgettable night at The Meridian Centre on February 26th, 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing this show to St. Catharines once again,” said Nick Ricci, Owner of Skate Niagara Ice Show. “Building on last year’s success, we’re once again introducing a lineup of Canada’s top talent, including Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Kurt Browning, Kirsten MooreTowers, as well as many more. For figure skating fans, this will be a must-see event.”
The second annual Skate Niagara Ice Show stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the sensational duo who made history by becoming the first Canadian couple to win the Olympic Dance title at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. The six-time Canadian National Champions took home the Gold Medal in the 2012 World Championships and the Silver Medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. Skating together since 1997, Tessa and Scott have won the hearts of Canadians and many around the world.
In addition to Tessa and Scott, the lineup includes:
- Kurt Browning, a Guinness World Record holder for the first person to successfully land a quadruple jump in an international skating competition. Four-time Canadian figure skating champion and four-time World Champion, Kurt was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy for Top Canadian Athlete in 1990. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Skate Canada Hall of Fame and is honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame;
- Nancy Kerrigan, an American former figure skater. She is the 1994 Olympic silver medalist, the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, a two-time World medalist, and the 1993 U.S. National Champion;
- Kirsten Moore-Towers, a St. Catharines native pair skater, ranked fourth in the World. She is the 2013 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Olympic team silver medalist, and 2011 Canadian National Champion. Kirsten helped Canada win silver at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and at the 2014 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Since June 2014, she has partnered with Michael Marinaro, creating a team with a strong work ethic, natural athletic talent, whose energy is highly contagious;
- Javier Fernandez, a European figure skating champion who is the first man to ever win a World Figure Skating Championship and represent Spain in figure skating at the Olympic Winter Games since 1956. Javier is the 2015 World Champion, two-time bronze medalist at the World Figure Skating Championships, a three-time European Champion, the 2014 Grand Prix Final silver medalist and the 2011 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist;
- Nam Nguyen, a first time Canadian champion at the 2015 nationals, who has an infectious smile and inspiring energy and enthusiasm. Nguyen has won three Canadian national men’s titles from 2007-2008, becoming the youngest skater to win Juvenile, Pre-Novice and Novice. Nam took home the 2010 junior level bronze medal at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and performed at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Gala.
Nancy Kerrigan will choreograph the show, with assistance from former competitive figure skater Liz Manley. Manley’s acclaimed career includes winning the 1988 Olympic silver medal, 1988 World silver medal, and also being named a three-time Canadian National Champion.
“With Performance Mercedes-Benz as a Platinum Presenter, Nancy and Liz leading the choreography and this world-class lineup of skating talent, this year’s show is already looking to be one of the top skating events in Canada. We can’t wait for this show to hit the ice on February 26th,” said Ricci.
Additional figure skaters will also be announced closer to the event date.
The Skate Niagara Ice Show will take place for one night only at The Meridian Centre on Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 7:30p.m. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca, meridiancentre.com and The Meridian Centre Box Office.
Ticket prices range from $55 to $150.00 (Tax included).
For group sales information please visit www.skateniagaraiceshow/groupsales.
About Skate Niagara Ice Show:
The Skate Niagara Ice Show, produced by Jerry Solomon of Star Games, promises to bring fans of all ages the ultimate live figure skating experience, featuring a cast of Canada’s past, present, and future ice skating legends.
Nick Ricci - Executive Producer
Nick began his professional hockey career as a goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing in the NHL from 1979- 1983.
In the summer of 1983, Nick was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he spent time with the Toronto Maple Leafs farm team, the St. Catharines Saints of the American Hockey League. He played for the IHL’S Peoria Rivermen during his last season, 1984- 1985.
Ricci then made the move to help run his family’s business when he began managing the Oakes Hotel Falls View until 2000 when it was sold to its current owners.
In 2000 the Provincial Government of Ontario appointed Nick to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. He later made a move back into the hockey world when he purchased the Mississauga Ice Dogs from Don Cherry in 2002. Nick now owns a goaltending consulting firm, Goalies Only Consulting-geared to the enhancement of hockey goaltending careers.
As the Owner and Promoter of the Skate Niagara Ice Show, Nick continues to build on the show’s success, bringing it back for its second year in a row.
Jerry Solomon - Show Producer
Jerry Solomon has been one of America’s top sports marketing executives for more than 20 years. Following his graduation from Columbia University in 1978 with a Master’s degree in International Business, Mr. Solomon was recruited by the Colgate-Palmolive Company to serve as its liaison to the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours.
In 1980, he moved to Washington D.C. and joined ProServ, the second largest sports marketing and management companies in the world. Mr. Solomon was named Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of ProServ in 1987 and was elected President in 1990. He left ProServ in 1994 and moved to Boston to launch Star Games, a sports and entertainment marketing, management and production agency.
Mr. Solomon has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports” by The Sporting News and one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in Figure Skating” by Figure Skating International magazine.
He is responsible for helping to found the Karch Kiraly Scholarship Fund, the KidSport Foundation and the Nancy Kerrigan Foundation. He is a professor of sports marketing at the University of New Hampshire and the author of “An Insider’s Guide to Managing Sports Events,” which was published in 2001 by Human Kinetics.
Mr. Solomon brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the table in his role of Producer for Skate Niagara Ice Show.