City first stop on 2019 HockeyFest road hockey tour
Event coming to Memorial Centre parking lot May 4-5 with 120 teams
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.