For starters, this is the only ball hockey tournament in the entire world specifically for our Armenian community. Actually, that’s where the idea behind this event originated. We wanted to give Armenians who enjoy the game of hockey the chance to have their own special experience!
It’s a recreational tournament which means players of all ages and skill levels can participate. We’ve had beginners play hockey for the very first time in their lives and they’ll tell you themselves what an awesome experience they had being part of this tournament.
It’s a weekend-long celebration and our goal is to offer everyone involved an enjoyable weekend experience. Our tournament is very well organized with referees present and stats recorded for each game. Our gym is transformed into a hockey-themed rink, with music playing throughout. We’ve got food, drinks and BBQ available and we’ve got seats for spectators and players alike. Hundreds of pictures are taken and we also videotape our action and release an entertaining video on each year’s tournament. Finally the event serves as a fundraiser for our AGBU sports program.
We can confidently say you won’t find an event like this anywhere else!
We encourage all players to register right away to help us plan and accommodate you.
The very last day to register is Sunday April 29.
The teams and the schedule will be released online 1-2 days before the tournament
This event is open to anyone 16 and up who is a member of the Armenian community.
By member of the Armenian community, this means : anyone Armenian, anyone married to an Armenian, or anyone who is an active supporter of the Armenian community. Basically anyone involved in our community.
Exceptionally for goalies, any goaltender can play but they need to bring their own equipment.
Each game consists of 2 periods of 14 minutes.
For security reasons, only sticks with a plastic blade are permitted.
Players are encouraged to bring their own sticks but the tournament organizers will also be providing sticks to players.
2017 was the very first edition of the Armenian Ball Hockey Classic and nearly 50 Armenians and 8 teams participated.
In 2018, we had over 75 players and 9 teams.
We’re expecting bigger numbers for 2019 but we need you! Sign up, bring your friends and help us reach 100 players!