Minnesota's cold has come early and our favorite ponds and rinks are ready for another great season of outdoor hockey! The Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic enters its 11th year with much excitement!
The AFPHC is scheduled for January 26 & 27, 2019.
For more details visit the pond hockey page.
The Anthony Ford Rink and the Auggie Scheunemen Rink at Spring Lake Park are ready for some action! We invite you to check out the new warming house, a beautiful community room overlooking the 2 rinks will surely make Spring Lake a favorite destination for outdoor hockey players in our area.
We are excited to announce the events surrounding the pond hockey classic:
Friday, Jan. 25 - East/West alumni outdoor game on the Anthony Ford Rink at Spring Lake Park.
Friday, Jan. 25 - Concert at Mankato Brewery! The Murphy Brothers Band will help kick off the hockey weekend with a concert just a few blocks over at the Mankato Brewery. Details to Come...
Saturday, Jan. 26 Adult men and women will compete in 5 divisions of play in the 11th annual AFPHC. For more information, click on the pond hockey page.
Sunday, Jan. 27 Youth take over the pond. Divisions for mini-mite, mite, advanced mite, squirt/U10, pee wee/U12 & bantam aged players.
12 NiceRinks provide a great game day experience. Our pond is nestled along the Minnesota River bluff at Spring Lake Park in beautiful lower North Mankato. The park is protected from the wind and features multiple warming houses, hospitality area and 2 new outdoor rinks. Minutes from the city center of Mankato/North Mankato you will find many many hotels, restaurants and shopping.
Proceeds from the events support Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and help keep hockey affordable in our area.
We'll see you at the rink!
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