Call your friends – Pond Hockey Tourney Jan 23rd

If you have never played outdoor hockey before, you should. It’s the most amazing feeling of freedom and pure joy. Pond hockey is where I forged many of my skills, and some of my best memories from my childhood. Whether you’ve played outdoor hockey before or not, there is an amazing opportunity for you and all your friends to collectively indulge in this amazing experience!

The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships


If you’re looking for an amazing weekend out with your closest friends, this is it! Hockey, Beer, Nature, Food, and hundreds of other beauty hockey players all having a great time and playing hockey. This is what it’s all about!

The Details2015pondhockey-2

The tourney is hosted at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.

The dates are

  • Jan 23rd – 25th for 25+ Mens Rec and Open and 19+ Womens competitive
  • Men’s 19+ division just added!
  • Jan 30th to Feb 1st for Mens 35+ Mens 50+ and Women 19+ Fun and Competitive

The cost is $600 and each team is allowed 6 players. Registration covers entry into the tournament, you can book a hotel room at Deerhurst or many of the other hotels in Huntsville.

What’s the Tournament like?


friendsI played in this tournament a few years ago and it’s amazing. You’re with your best friends, playing hockey together on a pond, and trying to win it all! There is more to the weekend than just hockey though, I have included some details below

Friday Nights they have a “Food Truck style” meal at the “Gibson’s Finest Friday Night Bash” with a live DJ etc…no reservation required and it’s held at Deerhurst Resort. I’m looking forward to the food truck inspired meals!
1545747_756960841004848_7415513781545531224_nSaturday Nights they have the “10th Annual Pond Party” with All-You-Can-Eat buffet, Raffles, giveaways, Hockey on the big screens, and live band and dance party! ( the dinner tickets are sold separately by Deerhurst) You don’t have to go to one in order to attend the other.
Throughout the entire weekend they have music pumping and food & beers flowing in the rinkside food and beverage tent all weekend!  All the action is in one location with 28 rinks on Deerhurst’s Sunset Bay
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Where do you sign up?


You can register and pay on the Canada Pond Hockey website, and you can book your room at Deerhurst, or if you want to stay in town for cheaper look up some of the local motels in Huntsville, Ontario

See you on the pond!


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  1. Reply Andrew December 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hi Jeremy,

    I look at your website pretty much every day to see if there is anything new. Recently I got booted down to my JV team in high school. My coach wants me to work on giving/receiving hits, it eventually does get kind of chippy out on the ice, I’ve been checked a few times & haven’t been hurt, but he’s worried that I will. Would it be possible for you to make a video or link me to one that is well taught?

    Thanks very much!

  2. Reply Michael December 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Not bad, but kind of small in scale… 🙂

    Check out the US Pond Hockey Championships… They do one in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin (on a much grander scale). Lots of Canadians comedown for these tourneys as well as some Euros!

    • Reply Michael December 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      I was referring to the US Pond Hockey Nationals with the size comparison. You are correct about the one in Minneapolis…the lake it is on will not accommodate as many rinks as the Nationals which are held in Deer River, Wisconsin. Last year the Nationals had 336 teams on 30 rinks and it was played over a single (long) weekend. Regardless, events like these are awesome and everyone should try and at least attend once, even if they don’t play…

    • Reply Jeremy Rupke December 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

      I don’t know if it’s small in scale, there are 28 rinks, I looked at the US pond hockey site and couldn’t find the amount of rinks but it looked like they do about 26. Also the Canada pond hockey hosts 1600 players and 260 teams over 2 weekends

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