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Hockey Fights MS Night at the Monarchs

Hockey Fights MS has teamed up with the Manchester Monarchs to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  We will be selling Gold Level tickets to the February 22nd Manchester Monarchs vs. Worcester Sharks game.  The puck drops at 3:00pm at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.  Be sure to stick around after the game for a special Monarchs autograph session!  Tickets are $24 and can be purchased through our online Store.  For directions to the game, please click here


Fighting MS in Vermont


2014 Maryland Tournament Recap

The 3rd Annual Hockey Fights MS Maryland tournament has come to a close.  Over 200 players on 17 teams competed in the 3-day event, which took place at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD this past weekend.  The tournament was a huge success raising over $8,200 for MS research initiatives at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD!  Photos from this event can be viewed online at Philmar Photos

A special congratulations goes out to the following 2014 Tournament Champions: Ice-A-Holics (Men's Red Division), Lehigh Valley Whalers (Men's Gray Division), and the Philadelphia Purple Cobras (Women's Division).  

We would also like to thank everyone who participated in the tournament as well as everyone who made this event possible including:  the referees and scorekeepers who donated their time to help out; the people and local businesses who donated prizes for our raffle; the teams who participated in the Team Fundraising Competition, The Gardens Ice House who provided a great venue; the fans who came to cheer on the teams; and most importantly the Hockey Fights MS Crew who worked together as a team to make sure everything ran smoothly. We are very grateful and fortunate to have all of your help and support!

If you are still interested in making a donation to The Johns Hopkins MS Center, you can do so by visiting our Donate Now page.  


FOCUS ON: Dawn Reeps

Dawn Reeps is a long-time hockey player.  Today she plays with the Lightning out of West Chester, PA and is her team's utility player.  While these days she mostly plays defense, she has has also filled the role of winger, center and even goalie.

Dawn is not only a veteran hockey player, she is a veteran of the Hockey Fights MS Tournaments.  She has played in the tournaments since their inception in 2005.  Since then, she has played each year and last year became a Hockey Fights MS "hat-tricker" by playing in the Maryland, Vermont and Pennsylvania Tournaments.  This year, Dawn breaks that record by also registering to play in the inaugural Massachusetts Tournament which will take place June 20-22 in Andover, MA.  In addition to playing in four Hockey Fights MS Tournaments this year, Dawn also volunteers her "free time" by helping to scorekeep some of the games.

When asked which is her favorite tournament, Dawn reluctantly chooses Vermont over Pennsylvania.  She loves the city of Burlington and spending time kayaking on Lake Champlain between games.  She does say that Pennsylvania comes in a close second as her local tournament where she gets to play with many of her friends and take advantage of the area's largest local music festival - called Musikfest - which coincides with the annual tournament.

Dawn's favorite Hockey Fights MS memory is when her team became the Vermont Tournament Champions in 2012 where they finally took down a team from Massachusetts whom they had battled for many years.  Dawn also remembers when she first heard about Hockey Fights MS years ago while playing with a local team called the Wicked.  She played with a woman who she learned suffered from MS.  She later found out that the woman's daughter had also been diagnosed with MS and was the person who founded this tournament in hopes to raise enough money to someday help find a cure for MS.  

When asked what the Hockey Fights MS Tournaments mean to her, Dawn says "I get to play hockey and raise money for a great cause at the same time - all while having fun and meeting great people."

- Written by Angela Balch


Lehigh Valley Winter Classic a Huge Success!

On February 22, 2014 the Lehigh Valley Whalers and Lehigh Valley Ducks faced off at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink for the 1st Annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic.  The event raised over $2800, which was donated to The MS Wellness Program at Good Shephard Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, PA.  Special thanks to the players, sponsors, National Anthem singers, scorekeepers, camera operators, DJ, game announcers, spectators and the many friends and family who volunteered their time to work the snackbar, bake sale and merchandise table - it was a great effort by all!  


8th Annual Pennsylvania Tournament Recap

The past two weekends marked the 8th Annual Hockey Fights MS Pennsylvania Men's and Women's Tournaments.  Over 650 players on 48 adult men's and women's teams took to the ice to compete in these 3-day weekend tournaments.  A total of 96 games were played at the Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem, PA.  Players traveled from as far away as Chicago, IL and Virginia to participate.  The proceeds from these two events will once again benefit the MS Wellness Program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, located in Allentown, PA.  Photos from the tournaments can be viewed online at Philmar Photos

Congratulations to the 2013 Tournament Champions: Ankle Scrapers (Women's Black), Chico's Bail Bonds (Men's Silver), Englewood Jacks B (Men's Red), Fresh Sticks (Men's Black), Lehigh Valley Whalers (Men's White), Predators (Men's Gray), Purple Cobras (Women's Red), and Quarry Cats, Too! (Women's Gray).

We would also like to thank the players, fans, officials and volunteers for coming out to support our cause.  We hope you will join us again next year!  Our 2014 Tournament Schedule will be posted in January, so please check back in a few months!  


6th Annual Vermont Tournament Makes History

This past weekend marked the 6th Annual Hockey Fights MS Vermont Tournament - the largest tournament in our organization's history.   A remarkable 482 players on 39 men's and women's teams in 8 divisions took to the ice to compete in this 3-day tournament.  A total of 78 games were played on 5 sheets of ice in less than 48 hours in the South Burlington region.  Of these 39 teams that participated, 30 of them traveled from as far away as Baltimore, MD and Buffalo, NY.  The proceeds from our Vermont Tournament will once again benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Education and Research Fund at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT.  

Photos from this event can be viewed and purchased online at Philmar Photos. A special congratulations goes out to the following 2013 Tournament Champions: Capital District Shamrocks (Men's Black Division), Gail Force Wins (Men's Red Division), Buffalo Huskies (Co-Ed Black Division), Montreal Millionaire (Co-Ed Red Division), Team Fuzion (Women's Black Division), Evolution (Women's Red Division), Claddagh Ringers (Women's Gray Division), NEWHL Outlaws (Women's Silver Division).  

We would also like to thank the players, fans, officials and volunteers for coming out to support our cause.  We hope you will join us again next year!  Our 2014 Tournament Schedule will be posted in January, so please check back in a few months!  


Fun times at last year's tournaments... 

Photos from previous tournaments can still be ordered online at