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Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship

Location: Moran Bay, on Lake Huron in downtown St. Ignace
Phone: 1-800-338-6660 Contact: St. Ignace Events Committee
2016 dates have been set ! The 2016 Labatt blue UP pond hockey championship will be february 11-14, 2016.
  • Meet-n-Greet on Thursday, February 11.
  • Games begin Friday, February 12 and continue to the Championship Games on Sunday, February 14.
  • Download registration form above!


Check out this great article about pond hockey from The New York Times by clicking here!


Weather Cancellation Policy - (effective December 20, 2014)

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.

Should the event be cancelled due to inclement weather or unsafe ice conditions as determined by the tournament director(s), teams have two options:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


From Thursday night at 5:00 p.m., through Sunday morning, a free pub shuttle will be available for teams to be picked up/returned to their St. Ignace hotel/motel and transported to their favorite beverage establishments.

If you are interested in getting a copy of the 2015 aerial photo, please contact Dave Kunze at Kunze Photography, either by email at:, or by phone at 231-420-0844.  He has various sizes available for you to choose from!

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 2015 we had 201 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 concession tent, and 'locker rooms' on the ice for the players.  Teams representing 10 states competed in 2015 - Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

A few years ago we started a page for 'Champ', the Championship Cup that all winning divisions receive.  Our thought was, similar to the Stanley Cup, that Champ would travel to different locations and photos would be taken, then emailed to us to be included in our pond hockey pages.  In this photo, Champ was relaxing at the beach on a beautiful sunny day!

Here's another photo of Champ at a surprise engagement!

So if you've taken Champ with you on your travels, please send us photos at:  If you haven't taken Champ anywhere, take him on a trip - he'd love it!  And send us your photos, along with a caption!

Photos for this event