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Ice Wars returns on Aug. 6 after wild debut for more 'Prize Fighting on Ice'

Promotional group returns to its roots with even more 'enforcers' ready to brawl on FITE for the title 'King of the Rink.'
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ENOCH, Alberta, Canada – The Ice Wars league has set its return to the River Cree Resort & Casino on Saturday, Aug. 6 with Ice Wars II, streaming exclusively and worldwide on pay-per-view via FITE, the premium global platform for sports and entertainment.

Nobody really knew what to expect when Ice Wars International promoted their first event at the River Cree Resort & Casino this past May. Described simply as "Prize Fighting on Ice," the newest combat sport raised eyebrows when they announced their inaugural "King of The Rink" tournament, which saw eight heavyweights compete in a one-night, single elimination tournament, with bouts consisting of two one-minute rounds. 

What resulted was an event streamed on FITE in over 175 countries that saw "Diamond Hands" Daniel Amesbury become the Ice Wars international heavyweight "King of the Rink." 

Social media clips went viral on Instagram and Twitter with over 1 million views, with a popular highlight being a "Brother vs. Brother" bout between Jordan "Moose" Kennedy and Ben "Jets" Kennedy. Along with a ton of excited, positive feedback was the continuous question of, "When is the next event?"

Many cities in many countries stepped forward wanting to host the next Ice Wars event, but president A.J. Galante felt it was only right to return to Enoch. 

"One value that I will never compromise is loyalty," Galante said. "The River Cree never blinked when we wanted to bring our first event there. They were beyond welcoming and accommodating. It's easy to jump on a bandwagon when things look like they are trending in a positive direction, but the River Cree Resort & Casino has a special place in my heart, as well as the hearts of our organization, who have worked hard to get this sport off the ground. The Resort is gorgeous, and I am really looking forward to returning and working with Vik Mahajan and Jayne Behm to put on an even greater event this time around."

"We couldn't be happier to continue working with Ice Wars following the success of their first event," FITE digital director Paul Owen said. "The response was overwhelming, and we looking forward to continuing to work with A.J. Galante and his team to bring this exciting product to FITE viewers around the world."

Galante said fighters for Ice Wars II are being solidified, but he can confirm that there will be another one night "King of the Rink" tournament, this time in the Cruiserweight (175-205 pounds) division.

The inaugural Ice Wars event consisted of 10 bouts, but it is expected that Ice Wars II will be a 15-bout card. More details will be announced in the coming week. Other recent adjustments to the sport include a new official point system for each bout, as well as new weight division alignments.

Ice Wars II can be pre-purchased on FITE by clicking HERE. Live venue tickets will be made available next week on Ticketmaster and The Venue box office at the River Cree Casino.