Name of the Tournament: Arctic Pond Hockey Games
Location of the Tournament: Luleå, Sweden
What time of the year? First Weekend of March (March 4-5, 2023)
What ages are welcomed to play? 18+
What's the size of the tournament? 16 teams, divided in four groups on Saturday and then playoffs on Sunday
How long has it been running? This will be the first official/commercial year. We did a pilot test last year with only four teams in a location outside of Luleå.
Any special entertainment? We'll have a DJ playing all weekend, live commentating, Foodcourt with burgers, sandwiches, snacks, coffee and different soft drinks. Also some large vendors in the pipeline..
What are accommodations like nearby (hotels, Airbnb, etc.)?
It in the city centre so it's very close to basically everything. We'll also present partnership with local hotels soon, more info will be available on the website and social media when it's public.
What makes this one unique? What sets it apart?
Third Assist's Take: This one hits a couple of our favorite tournament checkboxes. First it's an awesome time to jump in to a tournament like this in a hockey-rich region while it still has the local feel, but it feels destined to become a staple in the area. Second, as big fans of pond hockey we're always looking for an excuse to go international with our hockey pursuits. And finally this is one of the most unique locations we have ever encountered- Lulea is way north on the Gulf of Bothnia (separating Finland and Sweden)- so needless to say we're going to be hard-pressed to ever find a tournament at a higher latitude. With so many cool aspects going for it, we're going to have to add the Arctic Pond Hockey Games to our European pond hockey roadtrip.
Have you ever played in the tournament? Let us know your favorite aspects in the comments below.