Preparation is underway for the 9th annual AF99 outdoor pond hockey classic at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato, MN. The Saturday event features 5 Divisions of Adult men and women. On Sunday, the Youth take over the pond. Our Mini-Mite and Mite jamboree has been a big hit in addition to Divisions for Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam aged players of all skill levels.
For a great game day experience, we feature 12 NiceRink's on a sheltered lake near the city center of the Mankato/North Mankato area.
Make a weekend out of it and catch the Minnesota State Mavericks as they take on Lake Superior State in WCHA action at the Verizon Wireless Center.
Click on the Pond Hockey Classic page for more information and register your team online. Save $30 by registering before the New Year.
Proceeds from the event support Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and help keep hockey affordable in our area.
Just around the bend of the Minnesota River Valley, Spring Lake Park in beautiful lower North Mankato, will play host to the Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic. The downtown location has proven to be perfect for pond hockey. The park is nestled along the bluff which shelters the lake from wind, making the coldest winter day seem more like a great day for a skate in the park.
The park features ample parking, hospitality area, warming shelters & fishing pier for viewing. It also has close proximity to hotels, bars & restaurants.
Affordable fun for the whole family! Frozen Fun Days activities are free to the public and will include a sledding hill, snow sculptors, medallion hunt & more.
Saturday, Jan. 28 is our Adult tournament and Sunday, Jan. 29 is the Youth tournament.
Stay for some great college hockey! Across the river at the Verizon Wireless Center, the Minnesota State Mavericks take on Lake Superior State in WCHA action on Friday, Jan. 27 & Saturday, Jan. 28.
As part of our mission to help keep hockey affordable in our area, The Anthony Ford Fund has pledged $50,000 towards the Outdoor Rink Improvement Plan at Spring Lake Park In North Mankato.
Since moving the Pond Hockey Classic from Lake Washington to Spring Lake Park in 2016, AF99 and the City of North Mankato have been partnering to make improvements to the park. In 2017, we hope to have 2 outdoor rinks with concrete surface for easier maintenance and additional opportunities for year-round use. Warming House improvements are also part of the plan.
With the shortage of indoor ice and the lack of warming houses in our area, we feel this project is important to help create affordable opportunities to skate and play hockey. This will be a high quality outdoor destination that will help grow the hockey culture in our area.
Thank You to the City of North Mankato and everyone who has supported the Anthony Ford Fund through the years. We hope to see you at the rink!
The Anthony Ford Fund Committee members would like to put out a special thank you to the City of North Mankato and their staff and the Business on Belgrade Group for their assistance and cooperation in making our move to Spring Lake Park seamless. We are excited about the new venue and the possibilities it brings for bigger and better events to come.
The Anthony Ford Cup
In the spirit of Anthony’s dream of one day becoming the next “Great One” the Anthony Ford Fund was created in 2007 by friends and family of Anthony Ford and has since donated more than $100,000 to Pediatric Cancer Research and United Way's Connecting Kids. AF99 is committed to providing affordable opportunities to grow the hockey culture in our area.
In January 2009, the pond hockey tradition began on Lake Washington about 10 miles outside Mankato, MN. The journey started by building rinks of snow and has since evolved into 12 new rinks with NiceRink boards. In 2016, our event moved to Spring Lake Park in beautiful lower North Mankato which has proven to be a wonderful setting for pond hockey. The new pond is near the city center of the Mankato/North Mankato area.