Teams will soon be able to reserve their place for Winnipeg’s ultimate outdoor hockey experience this winter by registering for the inaugural Ducky Pond Hockey Classic presented by Canada Life.
Teams can register on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. for the 2022 tournament being held from Thursday, Jan. 13 to Sunday, Jan. 16 at the new custom-made lake at Camp Manitou.
“Hockey on the frozen pond is what Canadian winters are all about and the Ducky Pond Hockey Classic really brings Manitobans their first opportunity to enjoy a large-scale pond hockey event locally,” says Anders Strome, Director of Player & Alumni Relations with True North Sports + Entertainment.
“With a strong hockey community like the one we have in Manitoba, we anticipate the tournament will fill quickly and would encourage teams to register early for what is sure to be a memorable inaugural event.”
The Ducky Pond Hockey Classic will feature up to 72 teams in two divisions: an Open Division and a Ladies’ Division. Teams will consist of a maximum of five players as opponents face off in a 4-on-4 format with no goalies. Each team will be guaranteed five games – one on Thursday, and two games on both Friday and Saturday – that will be played in two 15-minute halves with a five-minute break in between. The top teams from both the Open Division and the Ladies’ Division will make the playoffs to be played on Sunday.
Affiliated with the World Pond Hockey Classic, the teams crowned as the Open and Women’s division champions at the Ducky Pond Hockey Classic will each earn a berth in an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Pond Hockey Classic in Plaster Rock, N.B. the following year.
The Ducky Pond Hockey Classic includes much more than just on-ice action – gameplay will be complemented by plenty of off-ice activities. DJs will entertain players and spectators on the pond throughout the tournament, Jets alumni will be on-site, and participants can look forward to 50/50, prizing, and giveaways while food trucks, beer gardens and social events will turn the tournament into a true community event.
The Ducky Pond Hockey Classic presented by Canada Life is in support of Hawerchuk Strong, the True North Youth Foundation (TNYF), and the Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends, all organizations close to the heart of Dale Hawerchuk.