One of the most unique events in Michigan, the Labatt Blue U.P. Adult Pond Hockey Tournament, takes place in the popular U.P. town of St. Ignace each February. Celebrating (its) 14 th year, amateur hockey players and enthusiasts gather from all over the Midwest, Canada, (and even Prague!) to play hockey on frozen Lake Huron in downtown St. Ignace.
“This is such a fun event for us because it really brings the whole community together to help pull it off. From checking ice periodically to plowing all the rinks in advance, there is a lot of work to be done and our local volunteers are second to none” said St. Ignace Visitors Bureau Director Lora Brown.
The weekend kicks off with a Meet and Greet on Thursday, February 13 th from 6-9 PM at the Mackinac Grille with a commemorative Labatt Blue gift for all players. Regularly scheduled games commence Friday and Saturday with championships held Sunday morning. Winners in each division get an excellent prize provided by Labatt. Spectators are welcome all weekend long with free shuttles around town and other fun games on the ice like giant Jenga, corn hole tournaments, and more. Drinks and refreshments provided by the St. Ignace Hockey Association are available in the concession tents with live music Friday and Saturday.
“This is a huge event for our town. Profits from it help fund our weekly fireworks and live music all summer long. And it’s really fun to have a chance to share our love for winter and the activities that come with winter with people from all over the Midwest,” said event organizer Mark Sposito.
With about 200 teams with up to 7 players each, the tournament usually sells out quickly so if you and your team are interested, be sure to register soon! We’ll see you on the ice in February!