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Kids hug Max at last year’s event. Courtesy photo.




SummerFest Street Hockey Tournament

When: Saturday, Aug. 13, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: In front of the Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester)
Cost: Free admission; $20 registration to participate in tournament (includes team T-shirts and a ticket to the Monarchs’ opening night game on Oct. 14)
Visit: manchestermonarchs.com




Summer faceoff
Street hockey tourney preps Monarchs fans for season

08/11/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 The Manchester Monarchs’ regular season may still be two months away, but fans can get a taste of it at the sixth annual SummerFest Street Hockey Tournament Saturday, Aug. 13.

Starting at 8 a.m., the area of Elm and Lake streets surrounding the Monarchs’ Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester will be blocked off to make room for the special tournament, where kids ages 6 and up will compete for championship medals in four different divisions separated by age. 
The event will also feature arena tours, face painting, a merchandise sale and the first annual Pucks for Pups dog walk, beginning at 10 a.m.
General admission is free, while registration for all players is $20 and will include team T-shirts and a ticket to the Monarchs’ opening night game on Oct. 14. All proceeds will benefit the Monarchs Care Foundation.
“It’s a great community event for people to bring their families and have a nice afternoon together,” said Mackenzie Fraser, director of marketing and communications for the Monarchs. “It’s especially a really fun event in the summer for us to get people rallied for hockey season in the fall. We also have a big pro shop blowout sale that will have discounted Monarchs equipment and merchandise.”
Fraser said the rain-or-shine event will feature a bracket-style tournament for each of the four divisions, which will be for kids ages 6 through 9, 10 through 12, 13 through 15 and 16 and up. She said families and spectators interested in watching the tournament will have room on each side of Elm Street and on the lawn in front of the arena if they want to bring chairs. At least 130 kids are expected to participate, making it the largest tournament ever.
“ESPN New Hampshire will be broadcasting the event live from outside the arena, and Max the Monarch will be there too,” she said, “and we’ll also have a rock wall and a tie-dye station for people to design their own T-shirts. Some of the stations will have a small fee for the purchase of the kit, but it’s free to come out, and everyone is more than welcome to come down and check it out.”
There is a $25 fee for the Pucks for Pups dog walk; tickets can be purchased on the day of the event. The proceeds will benefit Canine Commitment of New England, a nonprofit with two shelter facilities for puppies in Manchester and New Boston. Walkers will also receive a ticket to the Monarchs’ “Fill the Nets for Pets” game on Oct. 29, during which pet food, toys and supplies will be collected and donated to local animal shelters.
Kids interested in competing in the tournament can register online at manchestermonarchs.com through Friday, Aug. 12, at noon.





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