Tournament Spotlight: Maine Pond Hockey Classic

Image from Maine Pond Hockey Classic.
As part of Third Assist's "Ultimate Pond Hockey Resource" we've reached out to the best pond hockey tournaments taking place this winter in the United States. We want to know where they're at, what makes them unique, and why we should visit this upcoming winter. Safe to say we're sold on the following tournaments.

Maine Pond Hockey Classic

Maine Pond Hockey: Winter Wonderland
Location of Tournament:
Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, Maine

Time of Year: 
Early February (upcoming tournament 3-5th 2023)
Image of attendees at the Maine Pond Hockey Classic.
Ages Welcomed to Play:
Adults 18+

Size of the Tournament: 

80+ teams in 11 Divisions, about 650 players

Special Entertainment:
Beer Garden, VIP Tents, Food Truck (Throughout);
Night games & welcome skate under the lights (Friday Night);
Youth Clinic, Unified Athlete Skate, Curling Demos (Sunday)
Image of rinks at Maine Pond Hockey Classic.
Any Special Vendors:
Hammond Lumber, Bud Light, Maine State Credit Union, Beauty Unis, United Rentals, Golden Pond Wealth Management

What Sets This Tournament Apart:

Our trophies are certainly one of a kind. We also added rink side VIP Tents with fire pits that have been a major hit and sell out every year. We have a great mixture of divisions for all skill levels, with our fastest growing divisions being our “Just for Fun” divisions. We are fortunate that we generally have an amazing group of players that return every and make a great atmosphere. All of this combined an amazing venue & backdrop as the Snow Pond Center for the Arts located at a summer camp with over 80 years for summer traditions. Easy access, located within 10 minutes for I-95 and 2 of Maine’s larger Communities (Waterville & Augusta).

Maine Pond Hockey VIP Tents
Third Assist's Take: 
This tournament is the go-to tournament for experiencing the Pine Tree State. Before Third Assist was based in Maine we had heard about this tournament in pond hockey circles. Now we find ourselves just one hour from this tournament and we know we will be making a visit this coming winter. Fun tournament in a winter wonderland and the proceeds go to a good cause. We'll be there. 
2023 update: We have visited this tournament for multiple years now and can vouch for it being a good time. Between the set up down at the lake and hanging out at the lodge, the tournament has the bases covered. Tack on a hotel or Airbnb nearby in Waterville or Augusta and you have the makings for a fun weekend with your pond hockey crew. Check this one out!
Image of spectators at the Maine Pond Hockey Classic.
Where to Learn More About This Tournament

*All photos used by permission from tournament.
Have you ever played in the tournament? Let us know your favorite aspects in the comments below. 
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