PREP HOCKEY: Pairings set for 5th annual Herald Jason Stadstad eventThe charity boys high school hockey tournament in memory of former Grand Forks Central hockey player Jason Stadstad benefits Altru Hospice and local youth hockey. The tournament has raised nearly $50,000 for local charities since its inception.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
The field is set for the fifth annual Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic, scheduled next week.
The charity boys high school hockey tournament in memory of former Grand Forks Central hockey player Jason Stadstad benefits Altru Hospice and local youth hockey. The tournament has raised nearly $50,000 for local charities since its inception.
The games for the eight-team field are scheduled for Ralph Engelstad Arena, the REA Olympic Arena and Purpur Arena.
The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday at REA.
Along with Grand Forks Central, Grand Forks Red River and East Grand Forks Senior High, other teams in this year’s tournament include Fargo Davies, Bismarck High, Bismarck Century, Princeton, Minn., and Brainerd, Minn.
Senior High will make its first appearance in the tournament, as will Brainerd.
Brainerd is coached by former UND player Jim Archibald.
The past four tournaments have featured some of the top high school talent in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Apple Valley won the past two tournament titles, while Roseau — another Minnesota hockey power — won the inaugural championship in 2007.
The first round will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 28.
First-round pairings are:
n EGF Senior High vs. Bismarck Century, REA main rink, 2 p.m.
n Fargo Davies vs. Brainerd, REA main rink, 4:15 p.m.
n GF Central vs. Bismarck High, REA Olympic rink, 6:30 p.m.
n GF Red River vs. Princeton, REA main rink, 6:30 p.m.
The tournament switches to Purpur Arena on the second day, Dec. 29, with consolation games beginning at noon. The first semifinal game at Purpur is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
On the final day, the seventh-place game is set for 10:30 a.m. at Purpur. The fifth-place game will take place at 12:15 p.m., also at Purpur. The third-place game is set for 2:30 p.m. at Purpur as well.
In addition, there will be a junior varsity tournament involving the same schools. It will be a round-robin event. The junior varsity games will be played at the East Grand Forks Civic Center, Purpur Arena and Gambucci Arena.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students through 12th grade for each game, including junior varsity games. Single-day tickets will be honored throughout the day at REA, Purpur, Gambucci and the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
Tournament passes are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available in advance and at the tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena, (701) 777-4689.