2017 Almost Winter Classic is coming soon!

A tender moment between captain and cup.

The official sign up for the 2017 edition of the Almost Winter Classic drops this FRIDAY, October 27th at NOON!!

We have had a large number of new members since the last AWC so I thought I’d take some time to let the newbies know what it’s all about…

First, a little history…on a cold December Saturday morning back in 2010, a small group of hockey enthusiasts (6 if I recall) gathered at Waymer Park to engage in some friendly pick-up street hockey games. One year later, a tournament was organized to celebrate that first game, affectionately named the (almost) Winter Classic. It was so successful that we’ve held one every year, on the first Saturday in December, ever since. The first 4 were held at our “home” Waymer Park, the last 2 have been held at the rink in the Morrison Family YMCA.

Now for some details:
DATE: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 (rain date is the following Saturday, December 9th)
TIME: Plan on arriving at 11am as the draft is 11:30am SHARP! Games start at approximately Noon and the champion will be crowned sometime around 4pm.
LOCATION: The DeFeo Family Rink in the Morrison Family YMCA, Ballantyne, Charlotte.
COST: FREE TO ALL! This has always been an important part of the tourney as it’s a celebration as well as a competitive tournament. Donations are always welcome as some parts are self-funded.
FORMAT: Draft is “schoolyard style” (everyone lines up at 11:30 and the captains start making their selections). Game play is 4-on-4/5-on-5 (depending on how many sign up) with round robin games to determine seeding order for semi-final rounds.

As mentioned, this is not just a tournament, but also a celebration and a friendly gathering for all of our players. We do have a cookout during the tournament (hot foods, chili, chips, sweets, drinks, etc.) and players are encouraged to bring family members as well.

We are looking to field 6 teams with 10 runners per team but that number may be adjusted based on the number of player sign-ups.

Keep your eyes peeled for the sign up post THIS FRIDAY and feel free to hit us up with any questions.

Here’s to a great tournament!!


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