The first annual Steel Cup Challenge, presented by Hockey Fights MS, will take place August 6th-9th, 2018. Registration for this mid-week tournament will be open to Men's (A,B,C) and Women's (C,D) teams. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, PA. All 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 & Outlets.
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 Santana, Chicago, 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?
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.