July 17-19, 2020
The 13th Annual Hockey Fights MS Vermont Tournament has split into two weekends and will now take place July 10-12, 2020 and July 17-19, 2020. Registration for the July 10-12 weekend is open to Women's (C, D) teams as well as recreational co-ed teams. Registration for the July 17-19 weekend is open to Men's (A, B, C) and all levels of co-ed teams. Please be sure to register for the correct weekend! Games will be played at several rinks including Cairns Arena and Leddy Park Arena - located only minutes from the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain. Games will also be played at Stowe Arena and The Ice Center in Waterbury - minutes from the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. All proceeds from these events will benefit multiple sclerosis research and rehabilitation. This year's beneficiary will once again be New England Disabled Sports.
Also taking place this same weekend is the 28th Annual Vermont Brewers Festival featuring over 40 brewers. The Brewers Festival takes place in downtown Burlington on the waterfront. Tickets can be purchased through the festival's website starting in April. When purchasing tickets, please be sure to choose Session #1 (Friday, July 17, 12:00 - 4:00pm), as all other sessions could conflict with gameplay and we cannot guarantee we will be able to schedule your games around your ticket time. Tickets are limited and tend to sell out very fast, so don't delay! Burlington is a great city that features a variety of shops and restaurants including the famous Church Street Marketplace. Bike paths are abundant in Vermont and rides ranging from flat and paved scenic routes along the Champlain shoreline to difficult mountain treks are all just minutes away. Click here for additional tourism information!
Player fee includes:
4 game guarantee starting at 12:00pm on Friday. 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 June 26, 2020.
Your team's donation ($10 per player) to New England Disabled Sports.
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 (June 17, 2020). Captains will then have two weeks to finalize their rosters.
All players must be at least 18 years old by 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.
Co-Ed teams must have a minimum of three players of the opposite gender on their roster (excluding goaltender). At least one player of the opposite gender (excluding goaltender) must be on the ice at all times. Failure to comply will result in a goal being awarded to the opposite team.
Players should bring both light and dark jerseys, including numbers on the back. Home team wears white, 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!
New England Disabled Sports
New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) provides adaptive sports instruction to students of all ages and abilities. This nationally recognized program allows close to 500 student-athletes living with physical and cognitive disabilities to enjoy adaptive sports year-round.
The professionally trained staff and volunteers at New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) strive to ensure that every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation. They provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including multiple sclerosis, to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in sports and recreation in a safe, fun, supportive environment. Their programs utilize the most state-of-the-art adaptive sports equipment, appropriate for each individual.
Hockey Fights MS has created a special fund at New England Disabled Sports specifically for students living with multiple sclerosis. This fund will help provide access to the programs currently offered, in addition to creating new ones.
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.