RUMFORD, Maine — The fourth annual International Fire, Police and Military Winter Games Hockey Tournament, Battle on Ice, is scheduled to run over the Martin Luther King week-end, Jan. 17-19, at Androscoggin Bank Colisée, 190 Birch St., in Lewiston.
There will be two days of qualifying, concluding with two final qualifying games Sunday, followed by the finals. Hours will be 7 a.m.-5:20 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18; and 8 a.m.-1:55 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, followed by awards.
Competing teams include: Lewiston Police Department, Maine Fire, Third Watch Hockey, Maine Air National Guard, Sanford Police Department, Maine Army National Guard, Somerville (Mass.) Police Department, Boston Fire Department, Somerville (Mass.) Fire Department, Connecticut Guns Hockey Club, Maryland FOPers, New York Police Department Oldtimers, and U.S. Marines.
Single day tickets will cost $10 and a three-day ticket, good for all 23 games, will cost $15, and can be
purchased at the door.
“We are extremely happy this year with the turn-out and are definitely growing. The greatest joy about putting
this event together is watching the camaraderie and team spirit that all skaters brings each year to play, which
creates a platform for us to raise money for the children at the Shiners Hospital in Boston, a cause dear to our
hearts. We hope that you will come out this year with your family and friends to help us make this an event to
remember,” said Brenda Espinoza, executive director, in a press release.
Most of the out-of-state teams will be staying at the host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn. Thursday
evening they will be providing a welcome get together for the skaters, family and friends, kicking off the 2014
Maine Event, Battle on Ice, where First Responders, Public Safety Officers and the Military athletes will battle it
out on the ice for bragging rights and the opportunity to win the 2014 championship title. Throughout the
tournament, parties are planned at Gritty’s in Lewiston, and Pedro O’Hara’s in Auburn. Spectators will be invited
to the parties when they show their hockey day ticket or tournament pass.