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2005 Holiday Hockey Classic

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks
The annual Chicago Blackhawk Charities Holiday Hockey Classic, presented by Robert Morris College, is scheduled for Monday, December 26th through Thursday, December 29th at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The puck drops on this year's tournament at 8:00 a.m. on the 26th and welcomes some of the premiere high school programs from around Chicagoland and the region.

The 2005 Holiday Hockey Classic boasts a competitive field with returning champions DeSmet and New Trier Green joining local powerhouses Mt. Carmel, Marist and Naperville Central. DeSmet, the 2003 champions, are joined by Christian Brothers and Chaminade to help represent high school hockey from the state of Missouri, while Fishers, Indiana's Hamilton Southeast joins this year's field. Rounding out the teams from Illinois are Fremd, Bartlett, Rockford, Stevenson, Oak Park/River Forest, Niles Township, Providence, Warren, Naperville North, Neuqua Valley, Sandburg and Barrington.

The field of teams narrows down to the "Elite 8" on Wednesday when the winners from the Hull and Esposito divisions battle the winners and second place finishers in the Mikita, Hall and Savard divisions. Semifinals start early Thursday, December 29th (8:10 a.m.), with the Championship game that same day at 4:25 p.m.

The 2005 Chicago Blackhawk Charities Holiday Hockey Classic is sponsored by Robert Morris College and supported by Comcast Sports Net and AthletiCo. Tickets are available only at the door on the day of the events. Admission on a full day pass for adults is $20 and $15 for students/seniors. Daily passes cost $7 for adults and $5 for students/seniors.

Once inside, fans will have a chance to bid on a silent auction item from the Blackhawks and representatives from the team's front office will be on hand throughout the tournament.

All proceeds from the Holiday Hockey Tournament benefit Chicago Blackhawk Charities which supports underprivileged and abused children, individuals suffering from physical disabilities and the development of health and fitness through youth hockey. Chicago Blackhawk Charities has provided grants to such organizations as the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), NHL Diversity and the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.

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