WinterWest Hockey Tournament

WinterWest Hockey Tournament

Saturday, February 9 at 1 pm

NOTE: Due to warm temperatures and poor ice conditions, we have been forced to cancel the Hockey Tournament for this year.  Open ice skating and pick-up hockey are still encouraged!

It’s time for a little Pond Hockey….WinterWest style…

On Saturday, February 9, WinterWest will host a “backyard” Pond Hockey Tournament. Teams are guaranteed at least 2 games, and Yes, there will be prizes for the top 3 teams. We want this to be accessible and affordable to all, so entry fee per team is only $25. But, slots are limited, so round up your friends and register TODAY!

Tournament Rules and Guidelines


The First Annual WinterWest Pond Hockey Classic will be held on Saturday, February 9, starting at 1 pm at Richmond Park in Grand Rapids. It is intended to be a fun, neighborhood tournament, open to anyone 18+, but primarily aimed at those who may not get to play at ice rinks but enjoy playing (or trying to play) pond hockey.


All games are played three on three. Games shall be 30 minutes long consisting of two 10 minute halves with a 2 minute break between halves.

In the event of bad weather, no games will be rescheduled.

Nets will be ‘Shinny’ type goals that are designed for the puck to be slid through.


- Teams can have up to 6 players on their roster with 3 players on the ice at all times.

- Entry fee is $25 per team.

- Entry deadline is February 6, 2013

- Each team will be guaranteed two games.

- Each team is required to have similar light and dark shirts.

- Tournament officials reserve the right to determine schedule and classifications based upon ability, age/experience, and other factors.


Players are expected to abide by the pond hockey code of respect – respecting the game, rink, teammates, opponents, and volunteer organizers.


Minor penalties including holding, tripping, hooking, interference and other typical hockey penalties will result in a goal to the offended team. The offended team will then receive possession of puck behind their net.

Major penalties including all offenses of a physical nature (elbowing, roughing, high sticking, etc.) will result in a goal being given to the offended team and them receiving puck. The offending player will be ejected from the game. Fisticuffs are not allowed; players engaging in fighting will be dismissed from the tournament.

Abuse of off-ice officials will not be tolerated and will be considered a major penalty.

Game Play

  1. A coin toss will determine which goal teams defend. Play will start with a face-off at center ice.
  2. Protective gear including helmets and shin guards are highly recommended, but not mandatory. Other protective equipment is optional but highly recommended. Players assume all risk if choosing not to wear protective equipment.
  3. Each team will have no more than six players on a roster. Play must start with at least three players.
  4. No goalies are allowed – all players must use ‘player’ sticks and no player may solely guard the goal or lay down to protect the goal (minor penalty). Players are expected to play the full ice surface.
  5. Off-ice officials including timekeeper have authority over play and rule interpretations.
  6. No slapshots. Slapshot fouls result in a minor penalty to the offending team.
  7. Body-checking is not allowed and is a Minor penalty, except in cases where it is deemed by the off-ice official to be a Major infraction.
  8. The puck must stay below knee level – a violation results in the puck being given to the other team.
  9. If a team sends the puck out of bounds, the last team to touch it loses possession. The puck is then given to the team that did not touch it, and they must be given 2 stick length’s space to restart play.
  10. After a goal, the team that was scored on gets possession behind their net and the other team must return to their half of the ice to start play. The team that scored the goal (or was given a goal due to penalty) must announce the score in a clearly audible manner.
  11. All goals must be scored from the offensive side of center ice.
  12. No offsides or icing will be called.
  13. In the event of a tie, games will be played “sudden-death.” Overtime will be started by a face-off at center ice.
  14. All games are played running time. Substitutions are made “on-the-fly” or while a new puck is being put in play. Time continues to run after a goal is scored or after the puck goes out of the playing surface.
  15. Players may only play for one team.
  16. In the event of a dispute, the off-ice official will have the final say.


Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and are yet to be determined. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook fan page for further information about prizes.