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RELEASE: Blackhawks and United Center to host Hockeyfest

The first U.S.-based Hockeyfest will take place June 22-23 with registration opening March 7

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / blackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced the team will host HockeyFest - Game On!, the world's largest street hockey tournament, on United Center campus parking lots from June 22-23, 2019. This marks the first time ever that this traveling event will be held in the United States. 

Registration will open on Thursday, March 7 at hockeyfestgameon.com/locations. With more than 30 divisions ranging across age, gender and skill level, hockey players of all ages, including adults, are invited to participate. All divisions U9 and under will have a roster of nine players (four + goalie) and all divisions older will have a roster of up to seven players (three + goalie).

Each registered team is guaranteed to play at least four games, and 70 percent of teams will make the playoffs. As the presenting partner, the Blackhawks are also excited to offer every tournament participant a voucher for (1) complimentary ticket to one of the Blackhawks three preseason games leading into the 2019-20 season. Additionally, every team who wins its division's Championship will receive a Blackhawks hat for each player and an invitation to an exclusive event at MB Ice Arena immediately following the tournament's conclusion.

True to its "Real Rinks. Real Refs. Real Fun." mantra, each game will be played on a 42.5 x 100-foot surface with full patented rink boards and netting behind each goalie, and all games will be played with certified referees from local referee associations.

The Chicago-based HockeyFest, generously supported by Beko and Gunzo's, will be free to attend for spectators. The surrounding family-friendly festival will offer music, ample food and beverage options, and interactive games such as the hardest shot, mini stick rinks, shooting accuracy and more. For more information, visit blackhawks.com/hockeyfest.

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