GET READY FOR 2020!

January 17th & 18th, 2020
Walker Area Community Center
CLICK HERE FOR EVENT SCHEDULE 

2019 HUGE SUCCESS
OVER $30,000 RAISED!

(Generosity and comradery
not impacted by gov't shutdown)

Play, Watch and Donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation!

Come watch the finest "red-carded" hockey players face off in a winner-take-all tournament! The event is a chance for the Minnesota wildland fire "community" to play the great game of hockey and raise money for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF). The WFF supports firefighters and their families when line of duty injuries and fatalities occur. This private non-profit organization exists to support agency, municipal, volunteer, and private firefighters in ways insurance and other sources cannot. For more information, visit www.wffoundation.org.

Admission is FREE to the public! The tournament features music, announcing, referees, and all the excitement of a great hockey tournament. Everyone is invited to ice skate with Smokey Bear!  Plenty of chances to donate - Raffle Tickets, Chuck-a-Puck, Silent Auction, Merchandise, and more!

THE 4 COMPETING TEAMS:

  • Minnesota Incident Command System (Captain: Mike Mackey)
  • United States Department of Interior (Captain: Darrin Franco)
  • United States Forest Service (Co-Captains: Mike Mansson & Vinny Hazelton) 
  • MN Department of Natural Resources (Co-Captains: Dan Wiley & Pat Wherley)

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, January 17th, 2020

Friday Morning:  Committee Members/Organizers arrive at WACC @ 1100

Friday Afternoon is for Curling!!!!!  New for 2020!!!!
1200 - 1400 Open Curling
1400 - 1800 Wildfire On Ice Curling Bonspiel
  -8 Teams, 4 to 6 curlers per Team, 1 team member must be Red Carded
  -Prizes for 1st & 2nd place
  -Contact Casey Goldsmith to Register: woicurling@hotmail.com

Friday Night: 
1830 - 2030 Open Hockey & Try Hockey for Free!
Players, Friends, Family, & Coworkers... bring your own equipment

Tournament Saturday, January 18th, 2020: 
0800 - 0930: Open Skate / Warmup - Everyone Welcome!
1000: Game 1 MNICS v DOI (chuck-a-puck during intermission)
1115: Game 2 USFS v MNDNR (chuck-a-puck during intermission)
1200: Free Pizza is Served for Kids! Join Smokey Bear for a slice!
1230-1330: Skate w/ Smokey Bear - Public Welcome! Free Skates!
1345: Consolation Game (aka Toilet Bowl)  (chuck-a-puck during intermission)
1515: On-Ice Group Photo: all teams and spectators (between games)
1530: Championship Game  (chuck-a-puck during intermission)
1700: Clean-up:  everyone invited to help!

Banquet & Silent Auction - Saturday Night
Chase on the Lake Banquet Hall - 1730 Doors Open
Taco Feed and Silent Auction (more details)
Announce Raffle Winners & Silent Auction Winning bids
Trophies, Awards, Door Prizes, & presentations
Banquet ends by 2100
After Party at American Legion
Stay out of jail...

Game Format

  • All players must sign a waiver before stepping on ice 
  • "Intent to injure" play = ejection from tournament 
  • 5 minute warm up 
  • Two 20 minute periods - stop time 
  • Players stay on bench between periods 
  • Chuck-A-Puck during intermission 
  • Creases and benches will be shoveled between periods. 
  • Ice resurfaced between games. 
  • Penalties will not be called this year.  Be a sportsman...
  • NO SLAPSHOTS 
  • Delayed Off-sides 
  • 5 minute runtime OT period, sudden death 4 on 4 
  • Sudden Death Shootout if needed 
  • 1 Referee (Mitch Loomis) - call off-sides, icing, and goals 
  • Play is based on standard USA Hockey Rules