It’s almost Schwan Cup time -- an entire week of high school hockey games to help us bridge the gap between Christmas and New Year’s. You gotta love living in Blaine!
The tournament is featuring 40 girls’ teams, 64 boys’ teams and more than a dozen youth teams. We can watch a whopping 200 hockey games over the course of one week.
The Youth Division kicks off the tourney the day after Christmas and they wrap up on December 28. Then the Boys High School Division starts their tournament on December 29 and finishes on New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Day the Girls High School Division takes to the ice and their tournament lasts until January 3.
Boys play at both Schwan Super Rink and Ridder Arena while the girls and youth tournaments are being held at Schwan.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors for the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity games. You can also buy a tournament pass for $27, or $15 for seniors and students.
Kids age 10 and under are admitted free.
This is the Schwan Cup Tournament’s 14th year and it’s heralded as “the most prestigious holiday hockey tournament in the state,” according to the folks at the National Sports Center.
Since we’re talking hockey, save these dates too: March 13, 14 and 15 of 2015. Those are the days the Ironman Adult Hockey Tournament℠ takes place. Iron man Tournaments are amazing – no rests, no subs, just a whole lot of hockey.
This tournament will be held at Schwan Super Rink. If you’re new to Blaine, Schwan is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world – eight sheets of ice under one roof. Four of them are Olympic-sized and four are NHL-sized.
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