Hockey, socializing and fishing-related games give this annual tournament its unique vibe
Blaine, Minn. (May 14, 2018) – The 14th annual Walleye Chop adult hockey tournament wrapped up three days of play on Sunday, May 13 by crowning 15 new champions at the Schwan Super Rink on the National Sports Center campus in Blaine.
After a major turf-installation project that started last fall and resumed after then snow melted this spring, the new artificial turf fields in the National Sports Center (NSC) Stadium are finally ready for play.
The contractor finished filling in the rubber and sand infill over the past weekend, a project that was delayed a month later than expected due to our severe April weather. The NSC officially assumed control on Monday, and on Wednesday, the NSC agronomy staff was busy painting field lines.
122 teams representing nine states and provinces will be playing at the Schwan Super Rink
Blaine, Minn. (May 8, 2018) – When it comes to the Walleye Chop adult hockey tournament, the staff at the Schwan Super Rink doesn’t back away from a little playful boasting.
“We’re the biggest adult hockey tournament in Minnesota,” says Pete Carlson, Operations and Program Director at the Schwan Super Rink. “So why not claim that we’re the ‘Stanley Cup of Adult Hockey?’”
Carlson knows it’s all in good fun. And that’s what has made this tournament so successful – the fun factor.
The tournament started 13 years ago as a challenge from Carlson to his ice programming staff. The second weekend in May, the Minnesota walleye fishing opener, was a dead weekend at the Super Rink on the National Sports Center campus in Blaine. So Carlson challenged his staff to come up with an event to fill the ice.