Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship
Phone: 1-800-338-6660 Contact: St. Ignace Events Committee
As of January 18, 2017, we have 182 teams registered - Awesome! Some divisions are full or nearly full - see below for what is still open!
- Women's - Closed (additional teams can go in Novice or 21 & Over)
- Novice - 4 spots left
- 21 & Over - Open
- 30 & Over - Closed
- 40 & Over - 3 spots left
- 45 & Over - 1 spot left
- 50 & Over - Closed (can be on wait list or put in lower division)
- Sanction #: MIT1721384967
- Registration fee is $425 per 7-person team, and includes a 3-game guarantee, Labatt sportswear, Kewadin Casino coupon, and free pub shuttle service Thursday, Friday & Saturday
- Meet-n-Greet on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. at the Mackinac Grille and Village Inn.
- Regular games begin Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18, 2017, and the Championship Games will be played on Sunday, February 19, 2017.
- For game structure info, i.e., determining skill level, divisions, etc., click here!
- New for 2017! The first Yooper Ice Tennis Doubles Tournament, to be played Saturday, February 18, 2017. See below for more info!
- The River City Renegades, a Cheboygan women's roller derby team, will be making an appearance. To read about the team, click here!
- The Best Team Beard Contest was a huge success in 2016 and we can't wait to see how many teams participate in 2017. The winning team gets a free team registration for the next year's tournament! See info below for more details.
- For a list of open winter motels in St. Ignace, click here!
- For house/cabin rental info call the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce at 906-643-8717, or Mackinac Properties at 906-643-9242.
- Melody Beach Cottage is available. Located 2 miles north of downtown St. Ignace on Lake Huron. Fully furnished with one full bed and sofa sleeper. Sleeps 4 comfortably but can sleep 6. Large entry room for outdoor clothing and hockey equipment. Comfortable, with gas fireplace. Call Jamie at 906-298-1978 for more info.
The Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship is an outdoor event. By entering, you have acknowledged that you will be playing on a natural, outdoor ice surface, and ice conditions are at the mercy of Mother Nature.
Weather Cancellation Policy - (effective December 20, 2014)
Should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather or unsafe ice conditions as determined by the tournament director(s), teams have two options:
- Entry into next year's Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship, in the same age and division for which they are currently registered - no exceptions. Full payment will remain with the St. Ignace Events Committee and should there be a change in the tournament entry fee, teams will be responsible for the difference for next year's tournament.
- Teams may elect to have 50% of their registration fee refunded to them. Teams who choose this option will NOT be guaranteed a spot in next year's Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship. Should there be a change in the tournament entry fee, teams will be responsible for the difference for next year's tournament.
BACK for 2017!
The Best Team Beard Contest!
We are going to have a Best Team Beard Contest during our pond hockey championship weekend. At least 4 team members, wearing their hockey jerseys, must be present at the Detroit Red Wings Alumni game on Friday, February 17, to be judged, but your whole team is more than welcome to participate! Judging will take place between the 1st and 2nd periods of the game. There is no entry fee, and the winning team will receive free entry into the 2018 Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship.
Yooper Ice Tennis Doubles Tournament!
Wimbledon has nothing on the U.P. Pond Hockey Championship – Announcing the first Yooper Ice Tennis Doubles Championship played on skates on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18th, 2017, on the pond hockey infield. The first eight 2-person teams to register will compete in a single elimination tournament on the ice wearing ice skates. There is no cost to register because we feel these 8 teams will be worth the price of admission to watch! Teams must provide their own racquets and we will provide the grand prize for the Yooper Ice Tennis Award! Click here for the rules of the game!
As we get closer to the tournament we will be accepting bids on the Chalet Rental. The winning bid will allow a team to occupy the chalet, which will be located on the ice near the rinks, Friday & Saturday from 9am-6pm, and on Sunday from 9am-2pm. Enjoy a private heated chalet on the ice overlooking the entire pond hockey tournament! Your very own ice cabana to rest between games, or play cards and enjoy your off ice time but not off the ice! Bids will only be accepted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum bid: $200. Bidding begins Wednesday, January 18 and ends at 5pm on Wednesday, February 15. We will update the bid information daily at 11am, 2pm, and 4:45pm with highest bid received. Remember, what happens in the Chalet stays in the Chalet! For bidding details, click here!
DETROIT RED WINGS ALUMNI GAME
This year we once again welcome the Detroit Red Wings Alumni team to an exhibition game on Friday, February 17, at 7pm. Admission is FREE but seating is limited. If you'd like to attend this game arrive early to guarantee a seat. We will also have standing room available. Would you like to be part of the UP Pond Hockey team that will play against the alumni team? We have two option for doing just that! Click here for details!
Our VIP Lounge still has tickets available as well. For $25.00 you will have seating in a designated area, and food and drink throughout the game.
From Thursday night at 5:00 p.m., through Sunday morning, a free shuttle will be available for teams to be picked up/returned to their St. Ignace hotel/motel and transported to their favorite beverage establishments.
Our tournament is sanctioned by USA Hockey, and sponsored by Labatt Blue. We would like to thank both organizations for their support over these last several years.Here we have a bagpipe player hitching a ride on the Zamboni as it heads out to prepare the ice!
We had only 27 teams at the first Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship in St. Ignace in 2007. In 2016 we had 174 teams!
Our pond hockey tournament is played on the frozen ice of Moran Bay, Lake Huron. We are one of the few tournaments where our 'pond' is actually one of the Great Lakes! We create thirty 75' x 150' rinks and play over 300 games during our fun-filled weekend! We have a heated Labatt Blue Zone, and 'locker rooms' on the ice for the players. Teams representing 10 states competed in 2016 - Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.