The Annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic

If you’ve ever wanted to see the crew at Nation HQ ‘play the game’ then this is your opportunity. Next month, we’ll be heading out to Lake Louise to join in on the Annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic and you’re all invited to join us.

Since there is nothing better than a good ol’ shinny tournament, we’ll be packing up our skates and heading out to Lake Louise to join in on this tourney. This will be the tournament’s 9th year, and we wanted to be a part of it. We wanted to show the world that not only are our takes scorching but that our Corsi can be pretty damned good too.

As such, we’re challenging you to enter a team and join us for a few days of fun on one of the world’s most beautiful ODRs. We want you to be one of the 24 teams to get in on this four-on-four tourney and put your best up against our best. Can your team beat the Nation HQ crew? I’m going to say no. Think you can prove me wrong? You’ll have to enter a team to prove it.


Need more reasons to get involved other than playing one of the most picturesque lakes on the planet? Fine. How about the fact that your entry fees will go to support a great cause. From the official site:

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This year we are supporting Rotary/Flames House through the Calgary Flames Foundation. Rotary/Flames House is Alberta’s first free-standing hospice for children. In addition to walking alongside families in the final days of an end-of-life journey, Rotary/Flames House provides much needed respite care.

This temporary round-the-clock care for medically-complex children gives families the rest and renewal they need. Last year, more than 1,960 nights of care were provided at Rotary/Flames House along with 266 respite opportunities for families and kids who needed it. Families whose children have a life-limiting illness understand how important this care really is. A donation will be made on behalf of each team that registers for the mid-week tournament.

Needless to say, this will be one of the most productive shinny tournaments that you could ever take part in. Playing some puck for a good cause is the dream, and we want to bring as many of our friends as possible.


Since you’ve already decided that you’re going to join in the tournament, you’ll need to know the details and start organizing your lives accordingly. Fortunately, everything you need to know is right here.

When: February 21, 22, 23 (charity mid-week tournament) OR February 23, 24, 25 (Sold Out, waitlist started)
Where: Teams playing in the tournament are required to stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. For the mid-week tourney, teams must have at least three rooms for Thursday night and can opt to stay Wednesday as well.  For the weekend teams, you will need to have at least three rooms booked for Friday and Saturday night.

As a note, discounted rates are available and a booking link will be provided once you’ve registered your team.

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How much: Team Registration is $989 (plus GST). Each team will consist of six (6) players – all must be 18+ years old – with four (4) on the ice at a time
What’s included: Each team that enters the tournament will receive the following:

  • Four (4) games of hockey, plus playoffs
  • Team photos and shirts
  • Player Only breakfast
  • Tournament banquet dinner at Brewster Barn on Thursday or Saturday night depending which tournament you’re in with additional tickets available for friends/family that come to cheer you on
  • Awards ceremony on Friday or Sunday afternoon
  • Access to the Molson Canadian Hockey House

To get involved and find out more information, head over to the official site and complete the information listed on the registration form and be sure to include contact info. We hope to see you there!