Registration is now OPEN for the 7th Annual
Irish American Ice Hockey Classic: Boston 2013.
Saint Patricks Day Week-End March 15, 16 and 17th, 2013.
The Irish American Hockey Association, in partnership with the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, invite you to join Hockey Players from around the world for 3 days of Hockey, Irish Music, Irish Adult Beverages, a bit of Blarney and Irish Cheer as we celebrate the great game of Ice Hockey from the Shores of Ireland to Boston and beyond.
The 2013 Irish Hockey Classic promises to be the most fun filled to date with Irish American Ice Hockey festivities throughout the city of Boston over the 3 day event.
For this years Irish Ice Hockey Classic, we've added a 5th Division of Competition (over 50 and recreational division) to ensure all talent levels can compete in the Irish Games, Boston 2013.
In years past, over 50 youth hockey players from Ireland made the voyage across the pond to watch the Adults play in the Irish American Ice Hockey Classic and the kids of Ireland were treated to a weeks worth of youth hockey camps, clinics and scrimmages throughout the City of Boston, courtesy of the Irish American Hockey Association.
The 2013 field and brackets are starting to get set as teams from Ireland, Canada and across the US are securing spots for the 7th Annual Irish Ice Hockey Classic Boston 2013.
(Please visit our website at: www.IrishHockey.com for the NESN TV Broadcast of the Irish American Hockey Classic)!
The 2013 group of teams will be the most diverse to date and soon teams will be jetting to Boston, pucks and shillelaghs in hand, all with the goal of trying to take the 2013 Irish Hockey Crown back to their hometown.
Last year, South Boston's own and former Chicago Blackhawk Great Brian Noonan's "Southie Chargers" took home the Cunniff Division crown besting Team Glacial Energy in a 7 round shootout after a 10 minute overtime period. Glacial lost it's stonghold as 2 X repeat Irish Hockey Champions and even after stacking their 2012 lineup with over a half dozen former NHL staandouts, their off ice shananigans caught up with them in the finals before they wore down to our guest from Chicago.
Former Harvard standout Sandy Milley's team "Mass Blue and Gold" edged out "Team COVIDIEN" in the finals in the "Red Sweeney" division of play taking home the coveted Irish Hockey Crystal.
Off ice, Sandy Milley's boys as well as the Glacial Boys did Saint Patrick himself proud as the "Craic" flowed and flowed and flowed over the three day event. Food and fun, Irish song and laughter, along with adult beverages and buffets, were plentiful at Hurricane O'Reilly's throughout the event. The Bunker Hill Pipers team as well as the boys from Chicago all took in Dropkick Murphy events in Boston and Jon Lamken once again took home tournament "off ice" MVP honors.
As of October 30, 2012, six teams from across Canada have committed to making the trip down to Boston and will be joining teams from across the US and Ireland to make this years tournamnet the most diverse to date!
Many of the Boston Bruins Alumni team will once again be participating on various teams in the Irish American Hockey Classic including Terry O'Reilly, Ray Bourque, Brad Park, Rick Middleton, Ken Linesman, Gary Doak, Lyndon Byers, Bob Beers, Tim Sweeney, Don Sweeney, Andy Brickley, Nevin Markwart, Billy O'Dwyer and Steve Leach.
Another improvement to this years tournamanet is the ability for individual hockey players from around the world to participate in this years Irish American Ice Hockey Classic.
Over the years, we've had a number of players who dont have a full team to enter but would like to be a part of the three day event both on and off the ice. This year, we will be comprising a few teams of just such players. If you're interested as registering individually or with a few buddies as a small group, please send us an email at' skate@IrishHockey.com and we'll take care of the rest for you.
If you’d like to enter a team for the 2013 Irish American Ice Hockey Classic: Boston 2013 please click on the "TEAM REGISTRATION" button on the homepage. As always, you can email us at: skate@IrishHockey.com or feel free to call us Toll Free: 888-IRISH-17 x 703.
Pictured to the right is an on ice check presentation to the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Irish American Hockey Association in partnership with players and sponsors from the Irish Hockey Classic Tournament.
Other donations resulting from the Irish American Hockey Tournament include $2,500.00 to the James Michael Curley Recreation Center in South Boston as well as a $2500.00 check to South Boston Youth Hockey. The Irish American Hockey Association was also a sponsor to the Pan Mass Challenge supporting two teams that completed the 2 day, 194 mile trek.
The Irish American Hockey Classic will have over 500 adult Hockey Players from The US and Canada skating for Irish Crystal Celtic Cup.
The Irish American Hockey Classic Boston 2013 has 5 separate divisions of play for the 5 day event:
The Ahern Division is made up of former NHL and AHL hockey players and is the highest caliber of hockey for the tournament.
The Cunniff Division is comprised of former Collegiate hockey players from across the United States and Canada and offers a high pace and highly skilled level of play.
The O'Dwyer Division is comprised of many law enforcement agencies across the US and Canada as well as many competitive men’s business league teams that play at competitive pace.
The "Red Sweeney Division" offers the fun and festivities for the good hockey teams that want to enjoy the week festivities in Boston at a slower and less competitive environment that some of the top tier divisions.
The "Over 50" Division highlights many of the Golden Aged players who still have a passion for the great game of ice hockey.
We've partnered with various entertainment partners as well as the Boston Bruins Alumni team for VIP parties, hospitality venues and private receptions scheduled throughout the 3 day event which will include many dignitaries, celebrities and current and former NHL players who have agreed to donate their time and resources for the benefit of the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation.
Please visit www.IrishHockey.com for up to the minute information on this years tournament.