The 21st Annual Westfield Youth Hockey Association (WYHA) Fire & Ice Tournament has been set for the 2023 Martin Luther King holiday weekend. WYHA invites you to play in our annual tournament played at the spectacular Amelia Park Arena located in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Friday, January 13th to Monday, January 16th, 2023 (Dates are subject to change as they have not been finalized yet)
This year applications will be accepted and reviewed by the tournament committee. If your team is selected they will be notified at which point initial deposit will be needed.
$1350.00 per team broken down by:
$675.00 Deposit required upon team acceptance, $675 Balance due December 15, 2022
Note: This year we are encouraging each team provide a raffle prize in the amount of $100.
Each of the below divisions will field the following number of teams in the Fire & Ice Tournament.
Squirt A - Tier III (old Tier II) 0 Teams
Squirt B - Tier IV (old Tier III) 0 Teams
Squirt C - Tier V (old Tier IV) 0 Teams
PeeWee A - Tier III (old Tier II) 0 Teams
PeeWee B - Tier IV (old Tier III) 0 Teams
Note: Peewee games TBD
Squirt games TBD
Note: No Select teams are allowed to play in this tournament. Each of the (22) participating teams is guaranteed to play three round robin games with the top two teams in each division playing for the championship. Every game will be (3) 12-minute periods with a 60-minute ice clock. Each individual participant will be awarded a winter beanie, and off ice pin exchanges by the competing teams is highly encouraged. For more information regarding Tournament Rules, please click below for a copy.
Please remember, submitted rosters should be consistent with your USA Hockey rosters and cannot be changed without prior permission from the Tournament Directors to ensure a fair and competitive tournament. Birth certificates should be available throughout the Tournament.
For more information about the Amelia Park Arena and Gardens please see the website online at www.AmeliaParkArena.org .
*Don't forget to participate in our TEAM and local raffle baskets! Use your imagination and add your best themed basket to our extravegent raffle table! Show off what parents love, what the players love, or what your hometown is all about!* We've been lucky to have had awesome teams with 100% participation! THANK YOU!
October 15th, 2022 - Application form and initial deposit of $675 due.
December 1st, 2022 (no later)- Team Picture (doesn't have to be a professional picture!) with player/coaches names and numbers. This will be used for each team's portion of our free colored booklet! Please submit your raffle basket theme by this date as well.
December 15th, 2022 - Official roster with home & away jersey numbers & balance of tournament fee is due.
Click here for a copy of the tournament rules.
Here are what some of our visiting teams had to say about their Fire & Ice experience:
". . . Just a quick email to thank you and your staff for an awesome tournament as you once again did a really nice job all the way around. All the little extras that you and the staff do for the tournament (pin exchange, national anthem, coins, program, etc.) are a really nice touch as well. This year the competition was really good for all the Teams in the Division from my perspective and that is what you always hope for."
Ben, Schenectady Chargers, Squirt A Team, 2020
". . . We had a great time! Your tournament offered a chance for all teams to be competitive in the division and that is all any team can hope for going into a tournament.
I want to thank the volunteers in the scorekeepers box for their help and support during the tournament. Those young men were incredibly supportive of the kids on our team. Especially after the championship game loss and how they consoled our goalie. They also made comments to me after a couple of games about how much they liked our kids from our program. That speaks volumes about their character and I cannot overstate how impressed I was with them.
I can only imagine how much time and effort went into it. Our players and families will have so many great memories from the weekend both on and off the ice. "
Doug, Saugerties Mustangs, Squirt B Team, 2020
" . . I wanted to connect and extend our thanks for hosting such a fun tournament this weekend. It was our first time attending and we found the weekend to be VERY well run and our kids had an absolute blast. We will definitely have this event on our radar again next year! The basket raffle was a hit with our families and we REALLY appreciated the onsite photographer. The 6:30 Sunday game...that was early but worth it!
Thank you again and please extend our thanks to those in your association who made this weekend one our kids will remember for years to come."
Jennifer, Hanover Wild, Squirt C Team, 2020
"...we had at your tournament this weekend. I thought the experience was great, you made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. The drinks and snacks after each game is a great idea, the kids loved the pin exchange which unfortunately is no longer done at most other tournaments, your facilities are top notch and you make a great effort to keep the teams evenly matched. I will definitely look to come back next year."
Brian, Northern Rhode Island Vikings, Squirt B Team, 2013
" . . . this is the best traveling tournament that our team has been participating in over the years. The competition is evenly matched, the organization is great, and facilities are best around, and most of all the kids had a blast."
Northern Rhode Island Vikings, Squirt B Team, 2012
" . . . just wanted to say thank you for yet another great tournament. I have been to many tournaments over the years and yours continues to be one of the best and most organized - if not the best. You and your staff pay attention to all the details and not just at the rink. You always ask where we are staying and how it is, do we have a place to eat, etc. I appreciate all you have done for us over the years."
Northern Rhode Island Vikings, Squirt A Team, 2012