Recently it was announced that Hockey Day Minnesota 2021 (in Mankato) would not be held due to the COVID 19 pandemic. They are planning to hold it in Mankato in 2022.
Sadly, our Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic will be taking a year off as well. Mayo Clinic leadership has advised us of rising rates of COVID-19 in our communities. A significant number of infections are being traced back to medium and large group events and activities. Since its inception in 2008, our Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Children’s Leukemia Research, youth hockey scholarships and ice needs in the area. Our event has earned a great reputation and we do not wish to risk having our participants (youth/adult) and spectators bring COVID back to their families, schools and workplaces.
We deeply regret having to cancel this great event. While we are all tired of this pandemic and the restrictions and sacrifices it has caused we place the safety of our participants, spectators and community as our top priority.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants who have supported our Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic over the past 12 years. Although we won’t be having our Classic this year, if you would like to support our mission please contact us at anthonyford99.com.
We look forward to seeing you in 2022...our event will be better than ever.
Larry Wild and Robin Ford
Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic
2020 Youth Schedule
2020 Adult Schedule
Eat Wings Raise Funds - Anthony Ford Fund
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.
The Anthony Ford Cup