What is pond hockey?
Pond hockey is the game of hockey in its most pure form. There are a minimum of rules, a minimum of equipment, a minimum of stoppage, and the game is played outside, in the cold, where it belongs. The most successful pond hockey players are not always those with the highest skills. Players that require boards to keep the puck in play, lines to restrict offense, and a huge net are better off staying on that milky-white brine that is found in the sterile, controlled environment of the over-priced slabs of indoor ice.
Why this tournament?
Several members of the Fort Collins Pond Hockey League (FCPHL) have competed in pond hockey tournaments throughout North America. Experiences gained during these previous competitions were so compelling that it became our desire to offer this opportunity to our “brothers and sisters of the pond”. The first annual Beaver Cup in 2007 was a successful event and you will find improvements in each year’s tournament based our experience from the previous year. The objective is simply to have a good time on a winter weekend playing pond hockey with old and new friends. There will be hockey, beer, food and poker. What more could you ask for?
Where is the tournament?
When is the 2018 tournament?
The tournament is February 2nd thru the 4th, 2018
Who is on my team and when do I play?
We accept registrations only for complete teams of four or five players. If you bring a team of five players, substitutions can be made on the fly during games.
Where and with whom do I stay?
You are responsible to make your own lodging reservations directly with Fox Acres or any location on the Lodging page. after you register for the tournament. Upon arrival at the tournament you will be issued room keys. Fox Acres has 16 lodge rooms. There are also many other options and suggestions on our Lodging page, so check there for more.
What am I paying for?
FCPHA is a non-profit organization raising money to help disadvantaged kids learn to skate, to help hockey players and families in times of medical need and to help the community as a whole in general areas. FCPHA is about and committed to building community through pond hockey. The Beaver Cup is a player’s tournament, players play and players help run the tournament. For the price you get 5 games of hockey (minimum), a welcome bag, souvenir puck, refreshments (lots of beer), dinner on Friday and Saturday night plus lunch on Sunday, awards and prizes.
In addition, every player gets a welcome gift package with tournament mementos. The Tournament Champions and runners-up get highly coveted game jerseys and Champions shirts. Other prizes will be awarded as the Tournament Directors see fit.
Besides a cooperative attitude, hockey skates, a hockey stick and a solid color dark and solid color light sweater are required for all players. No goalie equipment is allowed. STRONGLY recommended are shin guards, hockey gloves, elbow pads, a helmet, ski goggles or sunglasses and any other protective gear you prefer to wear. Natural ice surfaces may have cracks, be rough or be soft. Dress for the weather. It can be cold and windy. You will be hot when you’re playing, but cold when you’re watching other games. Think stocking caps, insulated boots and warm coats. We’ll set up an indoor drying area for equipment, but bring changes of clothes for long breaks and to dry your personal stuff. Winter boots and outer wear are a good idea. Fox Acres has facilities for tubing, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing too.