There’s something about Pond Hockey that touches us all; memories of our youth, a chance to get outside and celebrate the cold winter, and another way to play the greatest game we know. With events such as the NHL Winter Classic helping grow popularity for hockey and celebration for the game in its purest form. We are fortunate to have our own opportunity to bring this enthusiasm to Michigan, in the form of the Michigan Pond Hockey Classic.
The event was the brainchild of a couple of Whitmore Lake residents, Pete Read and Sam Iaquinto. These men share passions for both the greatest game on earth, and the love of winter activities. Read's passion for the game helped channel a vision of an old time hockey tournament held in Whitmore Lake; essentially, a tournament boasting “hockey the way it was meant to be played.”
Read got together with Iaquinto, and the first annual Michigan Pond Hockey Classic was born in 2008. As we head into the eighth year, the tournament has grown both in size and maturity. We learn from the past, and improve each year to provide our participants a well-run tournament while growing the level of participation in a manageable way. The bottom line is, and has been since inception, to provide an unforgettable experience for all participants. To be able to grow the sport in Michigan and support local charities is simply an added reward to the efforts of all those involved.
We are all fortunate to have had a hand in creating this special weekend on an annual basis, and are even more privileged to be able to promote our beloved sport of hockey.