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Monday
Mar172014

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!  

Monday
Aug122013

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!  

Wednesday
Jul242013

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!  

Monday
Jun102013

2nd Annual Maryland Tournament Recap

The 2nd Annual Hockey Fights MS Maryland tournament has come to a close.  Almost 200 players on 14 teams competed in the 3-day event, which took place at Ice World in Abindgon, MD this past weekend.  Photos from this event can be viewed and purchased online at Philmar Photos. A special congratulations goes out to the following 2013 Tournament Champions: Quarry Cats (Women's Gray Division), DS (Men's Red Division), and the Baltimore Cardinals (Men's Black 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!  

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.  Fundraising totals for this tournament will be posted on our website at the conclusion of all 2013 tournaments.

Thursday
Apr042013

Fun times at last year's tournaments... 

Photos from previous tournaments can still be ordered online at PhilmarPhotos.com

Tuesday
Mar262013

2013 Registration Updates

For those of you who have played in the Hockey Fights MS Tournaments in the past, you will notice some changes to the registration process.  Team captains will begin by registering their team by clicking on one of the tournaments listed on our homepage.  Once the team is created, the team captain will invite players to join his team.  All players must register through the new system and accept the waiver.  Teams will be considered "pending" unti they have met their minimum of 10 paid players and 1 paid goalie.  

Players can only play for one team in the same division (i.e., co-ed, women's, men's, etc.)  Co-Ed teams registering in the Vermont Tournament must have a minimum of two females playing each game.  Players are still required to sign the scoresheets at the start of each game and to come prepare to show a valid phot ID at the registration table.  While our tournaments support a great cause and are meant to be fun, we also want them to be fair for all participants.  We appreciate your support and thank you for your patience as we plan yet another year fun events!

Thursday
Jan032013

Whalers Winter Classic benefits MS

On December 24, thirty-nine hockey players gathered at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Arena for the 1st Annual Whalers Winter Classic.  The two-hour event, whose proceeds benefited Hockey Fights MS, began early on a chilly Christmas Eve just as the sun was rising.  Players were divided into three teams (red, white, and green) and played 18-minute running clock games.   The winner of each game stayed on, but could not play more than two games in a row.   The red team won the event, which raised $500.

Thursday
Oct252012

Striding towards a better future

The 2012 Hockey Fights MS Tournament season has come to a close, but our support for the local MS communities continues on.  Over $15,000 has been donated to local nonprofit organizations to support MS research, education and rehabilitation in three specific ways:  to help provide Clinical MS Education and MS Specialty Certification to therapy staff, which will further improve the quality of care received by MS inpatients, outpatients, and their families;  to help keep patients moving by providing access to rehabilitation centers and fitness programs for MS patients who have financial burndens; and to fund a clinical fellow to conduct research and help train residents who wish to specialize in multiple sclerosis.  

Since our first tournament in 2006, Hockey Fights MS has risen to a new level both on and off the ice.  Because of the tremendous support by the local hockey communities, small businesses, volunteers, and spectators, our total contribution to date has exceeded $70K.  We had a record number of teams and spectators join us this past year and hope that 2013 will see as much support, if not more.  The 2013 Tournament Schedule will be released in January, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!  

Thursday
Sep062012

2012 Team Fundraising Competition Winners

Pictured: Candice Arnold (Tournament Director) with Eric Simons (L.V. Whalers player)

We would like to thank all of the 2012 teams who participated in the Team Fundraising Competition.  The winning teams of this year's competition are:  Vermont Vixen (VT Tournament), Central Penn Blades (PA Women's Tournament), and the F-Bombs (PA Men's Tournament).  These teams will play free in next year's tournament.  

We would also like thank the following players who have raised the most money this year:  Eric Simons (L.V. Whalers), Stacie Adoni (Central Penn Blades), and Barb Heath (Vermont Vixen).  These players will receive a Hockey Fights MS jersey as a "thank you" for their fundraisng efforts.  

Thank you all for supporing our mission to help fight MS!  Great job, everyone! 

Tuesday
Aug142012

2012 PA Men's Tournament Champions

The 7th Annual Hockey Fights MS Pennsylvania Men's Tournament has come to a close.  Over 300 players on 23 men's teams representing the mid-Atlantic region competed in the 3-day event, which took place at The Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem, PA this past weekend.  Forty-six games were played in just under 48 hours!  Photos from this event can be viewed and purchased online at PhilmarPhotos.com.  A special congratulations goes out to the following 2012 tournament champions:  PBR (Men's Black Division), Fox Compass (Men's Red Division), Refs (Men's White Division), F-Bombs (Men's Gray Division), Predators (Men's Silver Division)

If you are still interested in making a donation to The Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Allentown, you can do so by visiting our donation page.  Fundraising totals for this tournament will be posted on our website in September.

A special "THANK YOU" to all players, fans, officials, scorekeepers, family, friends, and volunteers for coming out to support our cause.  We hope you will join us again next year!  Our 2013 Tournament Schedule will be posted in January, so please check back in a few months!