August 6-9, 2020
The 14th Annual Hockey Fights MS Pennsylvania Men's Tournament will take place August 6-9, 2020. Registration is open for Men's A, B, C, and D teams. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, PA. The majority of the games will be played at The Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem, PA - a thriving community full of many options for shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment including the Sands Casino and Outlets. Games will also be played at The Rink at Lehigh Valley, located just a few minutes away in Whitehall, PA.
Special parking for RV's and campers will be available, however, space is limited. Permits will need to be purchased in advance through our online store in order to gain access to the lot. An email will be sent to all registered players closer to the start of the tournament and will include additional details.
Also taking place during the tournament is Musikfest. Presented by ArtsQuest, this 10-day festival will include over 500 musical performances on 15 indoor and outdoor stages located throughout the city of Bethlehem. Past performers have included Stone Temple Pilots, Maroon 5, Boston, Fuel, Hootie & The Blowfish, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Miller Band, Ke$ha, and many more! In addition, Musikfest will also showcase over 60 food vendors, visual arts and craft vendors, and a closing-night fireworks display. Hockey, live music, and an abundance of delicious food - what could be better?
Player fee includes:
4 game guarantee starting at 5:00pm on Thursday. Friday games will start at 12:00pm. All players will play a 4th game on Sunday. Games will be played on NHL size rinks and will consist of three 12-minute stop time periods.
Tournament t-shirt guaranteed to players who register before July 16, 2020.
Your team's donation to The Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
Special gift for champions in each division and winning team's name placed on official Hockey Fights MS trophy.
Competitive divisions determined based on the information provided by players at the time of registration.
Game reminders sent to your phone via email. Game results and standings will be also be promptly updated on our tournament website throughout the weekend as well as Twitter at @HockeyFightsMS.
Opportunity to purchase tournament merchandise, team photos and action shots onsite as well as online.
Teams must have a minimum of 10 fully registered players and 1 fully registered goalie prior to the team registration deadline to qualify (July 6, 2020). Captains will then have two weeks to finalize their rosters.
All players must be at least 18 years old prior to the start of the tournament and can only be rostered on one team.
All players must register and pay online in order to participate. Unregistered players caught playing in the tournament will be ejected immediately and the game will result in a forfeit for the offending team.
No substitutions or last-minute add-ons. ALL players must be on the official roster.
Players should bring both light and dark jerseys, including numbers on the back. Home team wears light, away team wears dark.
Players must sign the score sheets located at the registration table before the start of each game and should come prepared to present a valid photo ID.
USA Hockey Adult rules will be observed with the following exceptions:
Minor penalties will be 1:30, Major penalties will be 3:00
Any player receiving 4 minor penalties in one game will be ejected from the remainder of the game with no further suspension.
Fighting majors will result in immediate suspension from the tournament, no exceptions and no refunds!
Hockey Fights MS reserves the right to ban players from participating in future tournaments due to unsportsmanlike behavior.
Philmar Photography is our official, on-site, tournament photographer! They are on site during the tournament and have both actual and digital photographs available for purchase. Team packages available as well!
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (PA Men's)
Good Shepherd offers comprehensive MS services in a care model that focuses on teamwork and partnership. They work directly with patients to develops goals and appropriate treatment plans to help them get the most out of their rehabilitation and the most out of life.
How are the divisions determined?
Divisions are determined by the Tournament Director after all rosters are complete. Player information such as age, experience, and skill level is used to determine the overall strength of a team. Teams are then placed in divisions with other teams of similar strength. We do not classify teams by letter (A, B, C, etc.) as many times, teams have a mix of players on their roster. Therefore, our divisions are labeled Black, Red, White, Gray and Silver, with Black being the highest and so forth. These designations are relative to the teams competing in each individual tournament.
What is your refund policy?
Teams must have a minimum of 10 paid players and 1 paid goaltender prior to the registration deadline to qualify. Teams that do not reach this minimum prior to the registration deadline will be removed from the tournament with a full refund. If a player is still interested in playing in the tournament, we will try to connect them with an existing team of equal ability that is short players.
In the rare instance we do not have enough teams to fill your teams's division, teams registered in that division will have the opportunity to move into another division at a higher level (if one exists and there is room) or receive a full refund.
When will the schedule be posted?
The schedule will be posted on our website approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tournament. You can also access the schedule by logging in to your player account.
I want to play but don't have a team/I don't have enough players
Not to worry! When registering, you can sign-up as a free agent and we'll coordinate with other teams to find you a spot. If we're unable to find you a spot, we'll let you know and process a full refund.
Can a woman play on a men's team?
Absolutely! Any number of women are allowed to play on a men's team. Keep in mind that those that register in the co-ed division are required to have a minimum of three female players on their roster (excluding goaltender). At least one female (excluding goaltender) must be on the ice at all times. Failure to comply will result in a goal being awarded to the opposite team.
Can I make schedule requests or change my team's schedule?
While we do our best to accommodate scheduling requests, we cannot guarantee any specific request. Scheduling preference will be given to the teams highest in fundraising efforts. Once released, all schedules are final.
What is the price to enter a team?
Hockey Fights MS does not offer a team fee option at this point. Our registration system is set up to make things easy for the team captains by allowing each individual player to register and pay online. That means captains no longer have to chase after players for money or shell out the entire fee themselves way in advance. The fee per player is advertised on our website and includes a 4 game guarantee, a donation to the designated beneficiary, etc.
Can I substitute a player?
If you cannot play the entirety of the weekend and want another player to fill in for the remainder of games, they must also register on your team and pay the full registration price, prior to the player registration deadline.