The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament which will be held on February 21 and 22 from 8am to 7:30pm at a new location at 333 Gandson Street features 120 teams will face off and 800 players. The tournament runs from 8:30am to 9:30pm. Remember, there will be beer while you watch.
For the first time ever, Labatt is offering all teams who registered for the 2013 tournament the “right of first refusal” to secure a spot in the 2014 games since only a small percentage of last year’s tournament was completed.
“More than any other year, the weather challenges in 2013 prevented the majority of registered teams from ever getting out on the ice,” said Lisa Texido, brand manager, Labatt. “Therefore, we’re offering each of those 96 teams a slot in the 2014 tournament.
Registration & Payment Process:
The 96 registered teams from 2013 interested in competing in the 2014 tournament must reserve their spot by registering online at www.labattbluepondhockey.com, between Dec. 20 at noon and December 28 at noon. Team captains must submit their full team rosters and $250 registration fee at that time.
All remaining tournament slots will open to the public for registration on December 28, 2013 at noon through January 4, 2014 at noon. Full team rosters, including proof of age for all players, must be submitted upon registration. Teams will then be divided into their respective divisions and selected via random lottery draw. Players can find out if their team has been selected by checking the tournament website on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Once teams have been selected, a $250 registration fee will be due by Jan. 15. For questions, team captains should contact tournament director Ed Ellis at Ed@labattbluepondhockey.com.
The new site, located at 333 Ganson Street in Buffalo, is situated on the historic site of the former GLF grain facility. Construction has already begun on two refrigerated ice pads which will house the rinks. Rink One will measure 85×185 sq. ft., with Rink Two measuring 85×170 sq. feet. Each rink can accommodate three pond hockey-sized rectangular ice rinks. Because the rinks are refrigerated, hockey play is a safe bet for temperatures approximately 50 degrees F and below. A patio and concession area for spectators also are expected to be completed by the start of the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament in February 2014. The site also boasts ample parking for players and fans.