The Sticks in Stillwater Mite Hockey Festival is set to take place this weekend at the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center.
The second annual mite hockey tournament is a family-friendly event that will feature more than 100 mite hockey games over two days featuring 600 kids playing on teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
The tournament takes place at the outdoor rink at the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center from Jan. 13-15.
The tournament will celebrate the life and legacy of Herb Brooks through the great game of hockey, said event organizer Jim Boo, a Stillwater resident and former Gopher and North Stars hockey player.
The event will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation, which supports growing the game of hockey and creating opportunities for all children to learn the game. A scholarship will also be given to the Josh Gunderson Memorial Fund, which provides local kids who need financial assistance an opportunity to skate.
In addition to the tournament, events will take place all around town including meet and greets with former NHL players, 1980 Olympic Gold Medal athletes, and actor Dave Hanson from the movie “Slapshot.”
A detailed schedule of events, and a list of former NHL players who will be in town for the festival can be found at www.sticksinstillwater.com.
“We want to bring people to our beautiful town to enjoy winter,” Boo said.
Opening ceremonies for the Sticks in Stillwater festival are set for 6 p.m. at Rafters Bar and Grill in downtown Stillwater.
Boo said there will be a shuttle running from the Rec Center to downtown Stillwater from all weekend long.
The mite tournament begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Rec Center and will continue through Sunday. Mite games will be played from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Blue vs. Green Heroes Hockey Boot Hockey Tournament featuring Stillwater Police, firefighters, Lakeview EMS and local military members begins at 4:15 p.m., Saturday at the outdoor rink at the Rec Center.
“We have a lot of momentum heading into the weekend,” Boo said. “We sold this tournament out very quickly. Our sponsors have been very generous, and we’re excited for a great weekend of hockey.”
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