St. John Valley

Acadian Pond Hockey Classic debuts March 16-17

ST. AGATHA, Maine — The very first 3 vs. 3 pond hockey tournament is set to debut on Long Lake in Northern Aroostook County the weekend of March 16-17, 2019. Event organizers have been making plans, accepting team registrations, and attracting a lot of interest in this first annual event.

Committee Chairman Dean Collins who has participated in various pond hockey tournaments in the past, had the idea to start a friendly competition for hockey enthusiasts on Long Lake.  He along with a dedicated group of supporters have been meeting since December to organize the event and make sure that the ice conditions will be premium.

“We’ve got some great support and so far have six teams that have registered for the event.  We hope to get that number up to about 10 or 15 before the weekend of the event,” Collins said.  

Teams can either download a registration form on the Acadian Pond Hockey FaceBook page and mail it in along with the $100 registration fee per team, or pick up a registration form at Bob’s Service Center in Madawaska or Jessome Sports in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

“This is truly an international event and we hope we have a good mix of American and Canadian teams participating this year,” Collins stated.

The first place team will take home a cash prize of $500; 2nd place $250 and 3rd place $100.  All proceeds from this years event will be donated to support Minor Hockey programs for youth on both sides of the border.

The event will take place just off shore from the St. Agatha Town Office, located at 419 Main Street St. Agatha where there will be ample parking for spectators. In addition, the Valley Mustangs Football Club will be selling hot food and concessions and Northern Maine Brewery will be on site with their mobile craft beer truck.

The event will offer a “heated half and half drawing,” in which tickets will be sold on a choice of two prizes. The first name drawn will choose the cash or 100 gallons of heating fuel donated by a local business, and the second name drawn will receive the other. Additionally, throughout both days, people will have a chance to shoot a puck from center ice to win $500 cash, a prize sponsored by local businesses.

For more information, interested persons should contract Collins at 207-316-8799 or by email at

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