July 7 - 16, 2023
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 meet new kids. Some of the teams even attend a Cardinals game and get time to do a little sightseeing. Local teams have the chance to play and have fun.
This is a Non-checking event at all age levels.
The 2023 Friendship Games will be the 13th Anniversary of the event.
July 7-8-9, 2023 and July 14-15-16, 2023
The Friendship Games will be for teams in the House, B, and A2 levels from local clubs and clubs outside St. Louis . We will have the opportunity for A1 teams in the 10U, 12U, and 14U divisions with special requests.
Adults in the Novice and Novice+ level will also have a chance to play some Friendship Games.
Mites(U8), Squirts(10U), Peewees(12U), Bantams(14U), Midgets(16U), High School Varsity and a division for Adults to participate in friendships games is just for the love of the game. These games are promoted to have fun and play skaters from different areas at the same level.
Winterland will also accept individuals that would like to be placed on a team and play during the Friendship Games.
Most kids and adults have nothing to look forward to in the summer so we think this is a great opportunity for those skaters 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 with and against other skaters you would normally not get that chance to play.
And to make sure we are safe and having fun the Bantam, Midget, High School, and Adult divisions are NO-CHECK divisions.
Because these are friendship games there are no outrageous tournament fees and you have the option to play 3 to 5 games over the 2 weekends. Each Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget, High School, and Adult teams pay a flat fee of $275 a game which covers the cost of ice, Timekeepers, Scorekeepers, Administration costs, and referee’s for each game they want to play. Mites pay $125 per game which includes 3 mini game per 1 hour session.
Teams are required to play at least 3 games but can request up to 5 games. Price for 3 games is $825 and $275 a game for each additional game. You can play one on Friday Night, as many as three games on Saturday & one, two, or three on Sunday. Local teams may start play as early as Thursday nights and through out the week in an effort to free up ice for our out of town teams over the weekend.
The 2023 Friendship Games are most important because we have again partnered with MIHOA (Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Assn) for the 7th year in a row, in an effort to give MIHOA a platform to train and evaluate Level 1 and 2 referees. Most Friendship Games will have Referees but at the same time, Instructors will be on the ice to help train the young Referees. This is a major step to improving the MIHOA staff and our referees.
So for 2023 we are hoping our friends from Indiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri all come back to play. We know we will have kids from all most every local club participate.
All teams must be certified USA Hockey registered and supply a USA Hockey Certified Roster to Debbie Hellwig at Missouri Hockey twelve(12) 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.
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 end 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.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with more questions.
You will need a USA Certified Roster so contact your Club's Registrar to generate one or contact Debbie Hellwig at Missouri Hockey and she will generate one for you for a fee. Email: email@example.com
Winterland is proud to announce that the Marriott SpringHill Hotel in Brentwood has once again joined our team of local supporters to offer special rates to teams attending the 2023 Friendship Games in St. Louis.
SpringHill Suites in Brentwood
1231 Strassner Dr.
Brentwood, Mo. 93144
Special Groups rates are available by contacting:
Ms. Aili Amen
The SpringHill Suites is perfectly located just 5 minutes from the Brentwood Ice Rink , 10 minutes from the Webster Groves Ice Rink and just across the street from another Friendship Supporter - Buffalo Wild Wings.