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Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament

Welcome to the home of our annual CANY Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament. You'll find everything you need to know here about this special charity event that's all about having fun and supporting great charities like Ice Hockey in Harlem. 

 

The 13th Annual Tournament will be held on President's weekend, Saturday February 16th and Sunday February 17th 2019 at Lasker Rink in Central Park.

  

We hope to see you there! And please make an online donation if you can.

 

Dean Keyworth
President
Canadian Association of New York

 

 

Now in its 12th year, the CANY Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament continues to grow, improve and generate enthusiastic reviews and feedback. The tournament is about having fun, celebrating the sport of hockey, and most importantly, raising money for some great charities. What makes the tourney truly special is that it is played outdoors in one of the most famous parks in the world. 

 

Warming up before the first game

Warming up before the first game

 

We are proud to say the tournament has become a substantial contributor to our supported charities:Ice Hockey in Harlem and the NY Sled Rangers. It also fosters bonds and makes new connections between Canadians and New Yorkers.

 

Singing of the national anthems
The singing of the national anthems before the start of play at the 2007 All Star Game
 

While the tourney has grown steadily over the years, its focus on sportsmanship, camaraderie and charity has remained a constant. We encourage participation of players and teams of all levels, so there can be a range of playing abilities among participants. We have always had a great spirit among tourney participants who understand that the main objectives are to raise money for charity and to enjoy playing hockey.

 

The tourney was launched in 2006 on President’s Day weekend with a mix of teams from the New York City area and Canada. In 2007, there was another successful tourney held with 12 teams enjoying a sunny weekend in Central Park.

 

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Post-game handshakes in 2007

 

After a hiatus in 2008, the tourney returned in 2009 for the 3rd edition, with 14 participating teams and a clear charitable mission to raise funds for Ice Hockey in Harlem. It was in 2009 when we established the trophy – the Stikeman Cup.

 

 

2009 Tourney
In 2009, 14 teams took part in 2009...
Hudson Hogs
and The Hudson Hogs took the trophy.

2010 Stikeman Elliott
In 2010, Stikeman Elliott cruised to victory.
2011 Le National
In 2011, Le National came from behind to win.

 

 

 

In 2012, we had another beautiful weekend, and Stikeman Elliott brought the trophy back to the lobby in their NY offices!

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In 2013, an alumni team from Upper Canada College prevailed and had their names engraved on the Stikeman Cup.

 

 

 

 

In 2014, a winter storm caused the cancellation of play on Saturday, but a number of teams arrived at the rink on Sunday for an abbreviated tourney.  Cumming & Partners, a team that travelled down from Canada, played UCC in the final and captured the 2014 Stikeman Cup.

 

 

In 2015, Westside Skate & Stick won a fast-paced final and brought glory to the best hockey retailer in NYC.  The Stikeman Cup went on a tour of several local drinking establishments, but has been safely returned.

 

 

 

In 2016, Westside Skate & Stick were able to repeat as Stikeman Cup champions. 

 

Under beautiful blue skies, the UCC Blues captured the 2017 Stikeman Cup with a 7-6 OT victory over the Crazy Canucks.  The final was a seesaw affair, with UCC scoring twice in the third period to take the lead into the final minute of the third.  This set the stage for a desperation goal from the Crazy Canucks with 17 seconds left to force OT.  Unrattled, UCC came out and scored in the OT period to claim the championship.  This marks the second Stikeman Cup championship for UCC, the last one coming in 2013.

 

 

 

 Looking forward to another great tourney in 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

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