November 8, 2018

Labatt Blue Announces 2019 Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament Slated for February 14-17

12th Anniversary Event Includes: One weekend tournament, skills competition and fan experience

BUFFALO, NY – Labatt Blue today announced details for the 12th annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament. The tournament will celebrate its twelfth year with a skills competition on Thursday, February 14, and game play running from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17. Around 140 teams of four to seven players will once again face off at Buffalo RiverWorks entertainment complex in what’s become one of the most sought-after outdoor hockey tournaments in the region.

Like past years, fans can enjoy ice cold Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light while they watch the hockey action from inside and outside of Buffalo RiverWorks on six refrigerated ice rinks. The highly anticipated winter event will include Sabres alumni appearances, live music, games and plenty of food for players and spectators.

“The Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey tournament has become an iconic Western New York event,” said Michelle McKernan, associate brand manager, Labatt Blue. “We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating hockey, Buffalo and Labatt Blue with a full weekend of action and entertainment.”

Registration & Payment Process

Registration kicks off on Saturday, November 10 at noon and will be first-come first-served. Registration will close once all tournament spots are filled. Team captains can sign up for the tournament at Upon registration, captains will sign up for divisions per age designation. Teams will be required to submit their fee at the time of registration. Full team rosters and skills competition sign-up are due at a later date. For questions, team captains should contact tournament director Ed Ellis at

Tournament Details

Nearly 1,000 players will compete across the novice, intermediate, advanced and elite divisions.

  • Teams will be comprised of four to seven players, 21 years of age and older, to play a four-on-four format, absent a goalie.
  • Teams will play a minimum of three round robin games in their specific divisions, with two, 13-minute halves. Winners of each bracket will go on to play a championship game.
  • Nets are six inches high and six feet wide, replicating the goals used in the Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships held each year in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

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About Labatt USA

Proudly headquartered in Buffalo, New York, Labatt USA has imported Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light from Canada since 1951. Today, Labatt Blue is America’s top-selling Canadian beer. With a clean, refreshing taste, light color, slight hop aroma, good balance, fruity character and a slightly sweet taste, Labatt Blue has become the premier Canadian pilsener in the Great Lakes region and expansion markets across the United States.

First brewed in Canada in 1847, Labatt continues to carry on the tradition and heritage of the great outdoors.

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