The purpose of the Friendship Games is very simple, it is to give an opportunity for kids of all levels to play some games without the pressure of winning a tournament. There are no trophies and everyone is a winner by just playing. It is just games for fun. All teams are certified USA Hockey registered. They come to St. Louis to play hockey and met new kids. Some of the teams even attend a Cardinals game.
The 2016 Friendship Games are most important because we have again partnered with MIHOA (Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Assn) for the 3rd year in a row, in an effort to give them a platform to train and evaluate Level 1 and 2 referees. Each friendship game at Webster Groves Ice Rink will have Referees but at the same time, Instructors will be on the ice to help train the young Referees. Head Coaches may be asked to attend a post-game debriefing after each game. This is a major step to improving the MIHOA staff and our referees.
We have participants in Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam ages groups from the B level through the AA levels. Local kids are coming from my own Winterland Program, Kirkwood, Rockets, Twin Bridges, Chesterfield, Southern Illinois, St. Peters, Meramec, and Affton. We have out-of-town teams coming from Glenview, Illinois(Chicago area), Northwest Arkansas, Springfield, Missouri, Indianapolis, Indiana, Evansville, Indiana, plus kids coming from Louisville, Kentucky, Springfield, Illinois, Jefferson City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas joining Teams.
We will be generating a special edition of our Winterland Hockey Magazine that will include some Team Pictures, Game Schedules, Hockey Information, Area Programs for kids and adults, Winterland programs, Sponsor’s information, and general hockey information.
The Magazine will be distributed in the four local rinks being used for the games in St. Louis(Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Creve Coeur, and Brentwood). Each of the 323 participants will receive a copy in their Welcome Bag, it will be mailed to Winterland friends in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio plus in Toronto and Windsor, Canada. Our Electronic version is also sent via email throughout our contact network including the USA, Canada, Western Europe, and Scandinavia. Through our Social Media network the magazine will be distributed worldwide to include China, Korea, Russia, Philippines, Western and Eastern Europe, and Canada.
July 15-16-17, 2016
Since July of 2015, we have had many teams contact us to participate in the 2016 Winterland Friendship Games. So in an effort to get more people involved in 2016 we have opened registration for the 2016 event.
The Winterland Program is interested in expanding and finding teams in the House, B, A2 and A1 levels from local clubs and clubs outside St. Louis that would be interested in traveling to St. Louis on July 15-16-17, 2016 for Squirts, Peewees and Bantams to participate in friendships games just for the love of the game. These games are promoted to have fun and play kids from different areas at the same level. We will also make arrangements for AA teams that wish to participate.
Winterland will also accept individuals that would like to be placed on a team and play during the Friendship Games, attend the Pool Party and Friendship banquet.
House, B, A2 and A1 level kids have nothing to look forward to in the summer so we think this is a great opportunity for those kids to have a chance to travel and play some games without the pressure of winning a tournament. These games are set up for fun and the excitement of playing other kids you would normally not play.
Because these are friendship games there are no outrageous tournament fees and you have the option to select how many games you wish to play. Each team pays 50% of ice, Administration costs, and referee’s for each game they want to play. Teams are required to play at least 3 games. Prices are $175 a game per team. You pick how many games you want to play. You can play one on Friday Night, as many as three games on Saturday & one, two, or three on Sunday. Individual costs can range from $20 to $80 depending upon how many games you play in.
All teams must be certified USA Hockey registered and supply a USA Hockey Certified Roster to Debbie Hellwig at Missouri Hockey twenty-one(21) days before the event. We will also request you to process a Friendship Game Enrollment form so we can verify your level of play. Our main goal is that teams play teams of equal ability. We do not want anyone getting blown away. If you come and play four games and lose all by one goal, we can live with that but to spend the money to come to St. Louis and either lose by 10 or win each game by 10 is not what we want. So we work hard to make sure the teams are equal.
The 2016 Friendship Games are most important because we have again partnered with MIHOA (Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Assn) for the 3rd year in a row, in an effort to give them an opportunity to train and evaluate Level 1 and 2 referees. Each friendship game will have Referees but at the same time, Instructors will be on the ice to help train the young Referees. MIHOA will be filming some of the play so they can review the referees work after each competition. Head Coaches may be asked to attend a post-game debriefing after each game. This is a major step to improving the MIHOA staff and our referees.
If you cannot make the trip on those July dates, contact us and we can arrange games on almost any weekend you would like to travel to St. Louis. Our programs run from May until the middle of July.
We would also like to discuss the chance of our Winterland kids traveling to your city and playing some friendship games. We are always open to give our kids the chance to travel and have fun.
Like you – we just want to play hockey.
Some teams come in and plan on attending a St. Louis Cardinals game. If you want to do that we will be happy to schedule your Friendship games around the Cardinals' game time.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with more questions.
Remember, we will also accepted individual players. Individual players will be placed on teams to form teams with active Winterland participants.
It is our pleasure to announce that Buffalo Wild Wings has joined the Winterland's team of Sponsors for the 2016 Winterland Friendship Games. There stores in Brentwood, Kirkwood, and Creve Coeur are offering a special coupon to our families. It is great to have local business participate.
For the 2nd year in a row the Texas Roadhouse in Kirkwood, Missouri has joined the Winterland team to help support the Winterland Friendship Games. We are proud to have such a fine community business involved on our youth event.
Registration is Closed
We are happy to announce the Evansville Lighting Squirt Team from Indiana will be traveling to St. Louis to play some friendship games in July.
Springfield Hockey will be visiting with a Squirt B team, Peewee A2 team, and a Bantam B team. Springfield has been attending the Friendship Games for many years.
The Kirkwood Stars will be participating in the Peewee AA division of the Friendship Games. They played last year and had a blast.
It is with great excitement that we welcome players from the Mid-Missouri Tigers Youth Hockey Club. This is the first year for their skaters to participate.
Hockey Time Productions joins our team to support the Winterland Friendship Games
The South Indy Sharks are coming back for the 3rd year in a row to participate in the Friendship Games. They enjoyed it so much they are starting their own Friendship games in Indiana in June 2016
A Squirt A2 and Peewee A1 teams from the Twin bridges Lighting will be participating in the Winterland Friendship Games in July.
The Springfield, Illinois Kings have been a part of the Friendship Games for many years. The President of the Springfield Kings and the Director of Winterland Ice Hockey played High School together way back in the 1970's. It is truly a game of old friends.
The St. Louis Rockets will be participating in the Peewee AA division and looking forward to having a great time.
The Glenview Stars from Chicgeo will have a Peewee AA team participating in the Friendship games for the first time. It is great to have them come down to participate. They are also planning to attend a Cardinals Baseball Game during their stay.
For the first time, The NW Arkansas Ice Hogs will have a Peewee B team traveling to St. Louis to participate in the Winterland Friendship Game.
Chesterfield Falcons will once again be represented in the Friendship Games by a Peewee AA Team. They participated last year and had a wonderful time.
Three squirts are going to make the trip to St. Louis to be a part of the friendship games. What a great opportunity for them to meet new friends and play with and against kids they would have never met.