City first stop on 2019 Hock­eyFest road hockey tour

Event com­ing to Memo­rial Cen­tre park­ing lot May 4-5 with 120 teams

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Staff Writer Mike.Davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Peter­bor­ough is go­ing to be the first stop on the 2019 Hock­eyFest – Game On! road hockey ex­trav­a­ganza next spring.

On May 4-5 the Memo­rial Cen­tre park­ing lot will be taken over by a road hockey fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing 120 teams play­ing on 12 ball hockey rinks with boards, net­ting and ref­er­ees. There will be mer­chan­dise and food ven­dors, a beer gar­den and mu­sic. Di­vi­sions will be avail­able for all ages and gen­ders in what pro­mot­ers bill as a fam­ily-friendly at­mos­phere.

“We think it’s pretty cool and can be­come an ex­cit­ing an­nual event,” said PMC man­ager Jeremy Giles.

The Peter­bor­ough Petes are part­ner­ing with the PMC to pro­vide some staffing, event ex­per­tise and pro­mo­tion, said

Giles. The first Hock­eyFest was held in Lon­don ear­lier this year and or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to cre­ate a tour for 2019. Peter­bor­ough is stop one with other vis­its to Kitch­ener, Lon­don, Bar­rie and some U.S. lo­ca­tions to be an­nounced, states a press re­lease.

Each tour­na­ment fea­tures 4-on-4 road hockey.

“We knew there was a NorthAmer­i­can wide de­mand to grow the game of hockey at a grass­roots level,” states Brad Jones, pres­i­dent of Jones En­ter­tain­ment Group. “By put­ting real money be­hind the idea and in­vest­ing in real rink boards, we knew we had some­thing spe­cial. No one has ever been able to bring you a full-scale trav­el­ing road hockey tour­na­ment with real rinks, real refs, real fun and in­te­grated fes­ti­val as­pects.”

Each game is played on a 42.5ft x 100ft sur­face with full patented rink boards and net­ting be­hind each goalie to en­sure no time is lost re­triev­ing balls. All games are played with cer­ti­fied ref­er­ees from lo­cal ref­eree as­so­ci­a­tions.

All di­vi­sions U9 and un­der will have a ros­ter of nine play­ers (two lines of four + goalie) and all older di­vi­sions will have a ros­ter of up to seven play­ers (two lines of three + goalie). Each team is guar­an­teed four games with 70 per cent of teams mak­ing the play­offs.

Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Dave Bol­land par­tic­i­pated in the in­au­gu­ral event in Lon­don.

“I was lucky enough to par­tic­i­pate in the very first Hock­eyfest – Game On!” stated Bol­land, in a press re­lease. “And I have to say that this was by far the coolest road hockey event I have seen.”

Reg­is­tra­tion will open on Feb. 1 at www.hock­eyfestgameon.com where more event in­for­ma­tion is avail­able. Also fol­low @HOCKEYFESTGO on Twit­ter.

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