Dawg Nation Pond Hockey
Dawg Nation Winter Classic
January 15-17 2022
Dawg Nation Pond Hockey is back and bigger and better than ever. The Dawg Nation Winter Classic presented by DREP returns to the North Pond again this year and will be one to remember. Our partnership with the DREP team, the town of Silverthorne, and the Avs Alumni Association all comes together to create an incredible weekend of pond hockey and Giving Back.
his year’s Giving Back will take place down on the ice as well as at the party at the Pavilion Saturday night. Your team’s participation helps us GIVE BACK to worthy recipients or in need. WE have the privilege of rallying around these recipients and letting them know that the hockey community has their back. Check presentation times will be communicated closer to the tournament!
Come join us for yet another incredible weekend of hockey and giving back!
It is hard to beat the former NHL line up that supports us for this event. Last year’s choices included: Milan Hejduk, Kyle Quincey, Jan Hejda, John-Michael Liles, John Mitchell and more.
Our legendary players list for 2022 available for auction to play with your team will be announced soon. Stay tuned.
Pups and Pros:
An exhibition game will feature some lucky pups that get to skate and compete with these legendary pro players in a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Inclusivity Returns with Sled and Blind Hockey
Our incredible colleagues in sleds will also be competing for the second time in our pond hockey tournament. We welcome our sled players back to the pond and look forward to the passion and inclusivity they bring to our sport. We are hopeful for a four team division to compete for the DAWG Nation WInter Classic Trophy. We are working on bringing blind hockey to the pond as well.
Tournament Party and Reception Returns:
The Party at the Pavilion and reception are back. After skating and partying in the beer tent like the Vikings outside in the elements, Sunday night brings us inside to the warm Pavilion where we will gather around great food, music, beer, a silent auction, a live auction and of course a check presentation. Skol! We will rally the teams and community to the party so we can celebrate the weekend and rally around the recipient.
We’ll have five divisions this year.
This is 4 vs 4 pond hockey. Teams will roster 6-8 players. There is a three game guarantee before playoffs.
Up to 72 Teams across five divisions, as well as sled and blind hockey!
When you go to register you will select your division from the following choices:
- Platinum: Top level hockey. Get your A game ready.
- Gold: So your team is pretty good eh? (B level)
- Silver: You guys even pass the puck. (C Level)
- Bronze: Keep grinding. (D Level)
- Copper: More for the novice teams. (E level) Welcome to the fun!
Hard to know what the Delta Variant will do, but if the tournament is cancelled for COVID-19, teams will have an option for either a full refund or an opportunity to donate any portion of their registration to DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation.
Game format is the same as last year:
- Two 15 minute periods.
- Roster size – 6 minimum, 8 maximum.
- 4 on 4 format.
Terrific Gift Bags:
It wouldn’t be a Dawg Nation tournament without first class gift bags for players and captains.
Stay tuned for special deals on housing and hotel opportunities.
Don’t miss out, this one will fill fast! So get your team signed up today!
Get one of these former NHL players on your team!
They are ready to drink your beer and score your goals to help your team lift the coveted Winter Classic trophy!
or Text Pond2020 to 76278
Do you have auction connections that you could share with us? We are working to build an incredible and diverse group of items. These items are critical to our ability to raise funds for our event. Please call Mike Freeman at 720-412-9622 or email at email@example.com
Check out 2020’s prices and silent auction below.
Check out the former NHL players who lend their time and talent to DHHF’s Winter Classic!
When we finalize this year’s former pros we will be communicating via captains and social media.
2020 Pro Players
In 14 years in the NHL, the ‘Duke” accumulated 375 goals, 805 points, several hundred bottles of wine crushed and a whopping 316 pims. Along with 3 All Star games, 1 scoring title, and a Stanley Cup he holds the record for most games played with the Avs.
Playing for Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Avs, in 627 games put up 25 goals and 110 points. With team Czech he went on the win the gold at the 2005 World Championships in Vienna. Other than his ability to shoot bombs and good hard rims, he will always be remember by his ability to rag doll any opponent when he wanted.
With Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins JML played in 836 games, scored 87 goals and amassed 370 points. While easily winning the best looking player in the league, he also made the All-Rookie Team in 2004.
With the Avs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, Slick Rick played in 197 games and put up 2 goals, 15 points and 314 pims. During his career he kept opponents in check, patrolling the ice like a sheriff. Rick has been bulking up in recent years and as of now is the ultimate leader and enforcer for any team lucky to have him.
Playing for The LA Kings, AVS, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings twice, getting traded or put on waivers more than 5 times, Kyle is considered in the hockey world a “suit case”. With those teams Kyle played in 586 games , 36 goals, 158 points and 548 pims. During his time in Colorado, his nick name is Crash because of his sub par driving ability.
Starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs, then New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche, “the Dr”, played in 548 games scoring 70 goals and 177 points. Because of multiple facial injuries Mitchy, unlike John-Michael Liles, has a face for radio and is pursuing a radio career with the Avs.
The Ultimate Denver hockey player. Starting with the University of Denver, Colorado Avalanche and then the first and only Captain of the Denver Cutthroats, Red Bird is a true journeyman playing in 8 leagues during his 11 year career.
In 201 games all with the Columbus Blue Jackets Duvie put up 11 goals, 56 points and a bruising 299 penalty minutes. After his NHL career, he took his talents over seas and went from country to country and league to league dominating all of Europe on and off the ice. Today, Duvie is easily the most feared mens league player west of the Mississippi.
In 144 NHL starts with Toronto, LA, Edmonton and Montreal, “the Professor”, had 47 wins, 7 shutouts with a .905 save percentage. Ben holds an NHL record for most shots faced during a shutout game, 59 shots. Ben also represented Canada a few times, most notably the 2018 winter Olympics in Korea, winning the bronze medal. At Cornell Ben really excelled at his academics and is now easily the smartest Goaler to have ever played in the NHL , if you don’t believe us, just ask him.