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INDEPENDENT CLASSIC

  • Gender: Male & Female
  • Dates: May 19-21, 2023
  • Age: '15-'08 Boys | 8U-19U Girls
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Female Event
  • Division
  • Male Event
  • Team-Entry
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Event Details

Come play in one of Minnesota's best AAA hockey tournament of the year.  We are offering 20+ competitive age levels of and expect to have the strongest field of teams to date. 

Boys AAA Invitational (Top AAA/Elite Teams)
2015-2008 Birth Years

Boys AAA Open (Mid-Lower Level AAA Teams)
2015-2008 Birth Years

Girls AAA Levels
8U ('15/'14), 10U ('13/'12), 12U ('11/'10),
14U ('09/'08), 16U ('07/'06), 19U ('05/'04/'03)

*Teams traveling from out of town will begin play on Friday when possible.

  • 4-game guarantee - possible bonus game(s)
  • 15 minute stop-time periods
  • Team trophies for 1st - 3rd place teams
  • Player awards for 1st and 2nd place teams
  • 20+ competitive age divisions available
  • Checking at the 2009 age level and older
  • USA Hockey rules will be followed with exceptions
  • USA Hockey, MSHSL, NCAA, and Canadian officials
  • No gate fees!  Free admission for all spectators
  • Free Tournament Mobile App
  • Fully-insured event (not a USA Hockey event)
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Contact

  • Name: Eric Knutsen
  • Email: eknutsen@playhockey.com
  • Phone: (952) 920-8826

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Hotels

This is a Stay To Play (STP) event.  

All participating teams/individuals that live outside of an hour are considered a travel participant and must follow the event STP policy, unless otherwise approved by the event director.  Should a team/individual decide that they do not want to stay in our approved hotels there is an opt out fee.

For room blocks & booking help, please contact: Lisa & Carey 763-772-3231 Lodging@TpiHospitality.com

Arenas

  • Schwan "Super Rink"

    1850 105th Ave NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55449
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  • Brooklyn Park Activity Center

    5600 85th Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55443
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  • Braemar Ice Arena

    7501 Ikola Way
    Edina, MN 55439
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  • Minnesota Made Ice Center

    7300 Bush Lake Rd
    Minneapolis, MN 55439
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  • Plymouth Ice Arena

    3650 Plymouth Blvd
    Plymouth, MN 55446
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  • Maple Grove Community Center

    12951 Weaver Lake Rd
    Maple Grove, MN 55369
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  • Richfield Ice Arena

    636 E 66th St
    Richfield, MN 55423
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  • Fogerty Ice Arena

    9250 Lincoln St NE
    Blaine, MN 55434
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  • Eden Prairie Community Center

    16700 Valley View Rd
    Eden Prairie , MN 55346
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Rules

RESPECT THE REFEREES: ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY (NEW!)

Hockey is currently experiencing a disturbing trend towards increased verbal abuse and mistreatment of officials. North America is in a referee shortage, in part because of these kinds of behaviors. We are taking this very seriously in 2022 and standing by a strong initiative of Zero-Tolerance for all games!

Coaches, players, and spectators MUST never verbally abuse an official from the bench, on the ice or from the stands. Anyone that is identified as doing such will be removed from the arena without question.

Respect the officials that are working the games! Coaches coach, players play, and parents cheer! From mites to the NHL, referees are humans, doing their best for the game and deserve respect. Let’s make youth hockey a place our kids will one day want to become an official!

GENERAL RULES AND INFORMATION

  • All games are played under USA/Minnesota Hockey rules unless otherwise noted.
  • Only USA Hockey, MSHSL or Canadian certified officials will be used.
  • A medic/EMT will be present in every venue.
  • The tournament will assume no liability for personal injury to participants or spectators during the event.
  • An official roster must be furnished 30 minutes before the start of the first game.
  • Contact/checking will be allowed at the Boy’s 2008 level and older.
  • Slapshots will be permitted at all levels. Tag-up off sides will be used at all levels.
  • During a shorthanded situation, the shorthanded team will be allowed to ice the puck (original rule will be used).

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

  • A maximum of 20 players may be rostered for any team.
  • A team’s roster is frozen at the time the team starts their first game - no additions will be allowed.
  • All players must play at their age level or older - players may not play at a younger age level unless approved by the tournament director.
  • Teams that knowingly and/or intentionally play an ineligible aged player will receive an automatic 5-0 forfeit loss for all games.
  • Any eligibility protest must occur before the start of the game and must come from the head coach to be valid.
  • Invalid protests will result in a 5 minute bench major for the challenging team.
  • A player may participate on more than one team when the teams are in seperate age levels (example: May play on a 2005 and 2006 team).

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

  • Competition format will consist of round-robin play followed by seeded bracket and/or place games.
  • Teams listed first in parings will be considered the home team and will be asked to wear the light colored jerseys when possible.
  • Once a team is confirmed for the tournament there will be no refunds under any circumstance.

SCORING AND POINTS FORMAT

  • Teams will be able to earn up to 2 points per game. Two (2) points for a game win, one (1) point for a game tie, zero (0) points for a game loss.
  • If a team forfeits a game during pool-play they are required to forfeit all pool-play games in order to maintain equality in the standings.

GAME TIMES

  • All levels will play three (3) 15 minute, stop time periods.
  • A six goal lead at any time in the game will result in running time until the lead falls to less than six goals.  
  • The ice will be resurfaced every game all levels.
  • All games will be completed in the set amount of time allowed in the schedule.
  • Each team will be permitted one (1) 45 second time out per game.
  • Teams must be ready to play 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. Games may start earlier when time permits and when both teams are ready.

EQUIPMENT

  • The first team listed on the schedule should wear white (light) colored uniforms - when possible.
  • All players must adhere to their local hockey governing body’s rules regarding equipment.

PENALTY ENFORCEMENT

Minor = 2 minutes || Major = 5 minutes || Misconduct = 10 minutes Ejection = Player is removed from the current game only.

Game Misconduct = Player will be removed from the remainder of the game and serve an additional one (1) game suspension. Fighting = Automatic tournament disqualification.

  • Checking from behind will carry a minimum 5 minute major penalty plus a 10 minute misconduct.
  • Boarding penalties will carry a minimum 5 minute major penalty.
  • Any penalty deemed serious with an intent to injure will result in a 5 minute major and a tournament disqualification.
  • Any player receiving 3 penalties will be ejected from the remainder of the current game. A player from the offending team will be required to serve the third penalty. Any major penalty will count as two penalties.
  • All referee decisions are final. Protests will not be allowed.

OVERTIME AND TIE-BREAKING PROCEDURES

  • In no case will any team be credited with more than seven (7) goal difference for statistical purposes.
  • There will be no overtime in round robin pool play.
  • Overtime in seeded and/or place games will be considered an extension of the 3rd period and will consist of a five (5) minute, sudden death running time period. The period will be played 4-on-4 with goalies. If a tie still remains, a 5 player shoot-out will determine the winning team. If a tie still remains, a sudden death shoot-out will determine the winning team. Any player serving a penalty when the game clock expires will not be allowed to participate in the shoot-out.
  • *Tie breaking procedure for teams tied after round robin play:.
    1. Head to head competition.
    2. Point differential (goals scored minus goals allowed).
    3. Least goals allowed.
    4. Most goals scored.
    5. Least penalty minutes.
    6. Coin toss.

*In the event more than two teams in the same pool are tied in the standing after pool play, and have all played each other, the results against tied teams (RATT = wins, loss, ties) will decide the seedings. If the RATT can not determine the seedings, the tie breaking procedure beginning with point differential shall be used in succession until the seeds have been determined. The tie breaking procedure will not revert to any previously used procedure.

GOOD LUCK & HAVE FUN! PRACTICE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, ON THE ICE AND IN THE STANDS.

FAQ

How do I get my child invited to an invite-only event?

If you’re interested in a specific event, please reach out to the contact listed on the event page. If you’d like to discuss multiple events, please fill out our contact form here and we will  be in touch with you shortly!

What is your cancellation policy?

Please refer to our cancellation policy here.

My child would love to attend a tournament, but doesn’t have a team. Can they still play?

For some events, we are able to accept “free agents'' and place an individual on a Participating Team’s roster. Please reach out to the Tournament Director for the event you’re interested in to see if there is an open spot! Their contact information can be found directly on the Tournament Details page. 

I’m not sure which event is right for me. Can I talk to someone to help recommend the right one?

Of course! Finding the right tournament is important and we’d love to help. Please fill out our contact form here and we will be in touch shortly!

Do you offer discounts for multiple teams?

We love to establish relationships with our customers and recognize those that continue to choose Play Hockey for their amateur hockey experiences. Please direct your inquiry to the relevant Tournament Director or Program Manager.

What level of hockey are your tournaments?

Play Hockey offers tournaments across all levels, from Recreational / Open to Elite. Please contact us today and we can assist you with finding the right offering for your Player or Team.

Do you have female programming?

Of course! We offer female only tournaments, female specific teams, and a number of co-ed tournaments with female divisions. Please fill out our contact form <here> and we will be in touch to walk you through our female programming!

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Scheduling

preliminary schedule will be created when we are able to confirm the final teams.  We will then publish a list of rinks where levels will play to help teams find lodging near the rink.

Final schedules will be available approx. 2 weeks prior to the tournament start date.  The tournament is played from Thursday to Sunday.  Games typically begin after 5pm on Thursday and will continue Friday morning to Sunday early evening.  Final games on Sunday typically begin between 3pm-6pm.  

Teams traveling from out-of-town will begin play on Friday when possible.

Girls Divisions

2023 GIRL'S DIVISION BIRTH YEARS

  • 8U = 2015 and 2014 Birth Years
  • 10U = 2013 and 2012 Birth Years
  • 12U = 2011 and 2010 Birth Years
  • 14U = 2009 and 2008 Birth Years
  • 16U = 2007 and 2006 Birth Years
  • 19U = 2005, 2004 & 2003 Birth Years

Tourney Machine App

 

Download the FREE app below on iTunes or Google Play for Android to view schedules, results and more...

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