If you enjoy the NHL winter classic and the atmosphere only part of playing in the open air, then the this is the tournament for you. TCH Hockey is inviting all teams to the Winter Classic Tournament to be held in Buffalo this upcoming season, from the 23rd of November to the 25th and from the 1st of February until the 3rd in 2019.
RiverWorks Ice Rink
The host rinks to the two events are The Healthy Zone and Buffalo’s newest premier RiverWorks, music, entertainment, boating, waterfront and sports destination located on the Buffalo River banks. RiverWorks also offers two ice rinks with open sides, a metal pavilion to provide shelter while still offering an outdoor feel which includes locker rooms that are heated. Part of RiverWorks is the 6,000 square foot area that offers entertainment and outstanding food.
Healthy Zone Rink
On the other hand, the Healthy Zone Rink is a true assist to both the Western New York Community and the East Aurora since its opening in 2008. It is an outdoor venue with a pavilion-style roof, a warming hut that offers fireplaces, a snack bar and television while the facility also includes heated locker rooms. It features one ice rink covered by the pavilion and its open sides offer a great view of the one of a kind, destination. The Health Zone is home to local shops and charming restaurants and located near Main Street.
Event Dates 2018 & 2019
For each event there, a limit on the number of teams that can enter the event, and it is highly recommended that teams register early as it is a first come, first serve basis. Last season the tournament sold out quickly and had well over 125 teams entering. The first event takes place over the Thanksgiving weekend in November from the 23rd to the 25th. The next event then takes place at the start of the new year on the 1st to the 3rd of February 2019.
The team fees start from $695 to $1250 and all teams paying two months prior to the event in full will receive an early bird discount of $50.
2018/2019 Tournament Highlights
The upcoming tournament highlights include that both the first and second team will receive a team trophy as well as custom medals. Signed memorabilia is part of the free tournament raffle and customised photos of teams will the taken by on-site photographers.
Discounted Hotel Rates at all Local Hotels
There will be no fees at the gate and all local hotels have agreed to charge discounted rates, while the tournament director and a team of staff will always be available during the tournaments. Some of the championship games might start at 5 pm. Teams need to reserve their hotel accommodation well in advance and travel permits need to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. This year the tournament is bound to attract even more teams than last year and TCS Hockey looks forward to the two upcoming events with great excitement.