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2016 - 18th Annual Nutcracker Hockey Tournament

The region's premier holiday ice hockey tournament for AA, A (Major and Minor) and B teams at the Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam levels! The tournament draws a maximum of 84 of the most talented teams from the Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York.

New - Top 8 Mite Challenge
We are looking for the top 8 mite teams for this challenge. Eight teams are divided into two equal divisions. Teams play a 3 game round robin and then cross over 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. Losing teams are done while the remaining four teams advance to the semi finals and championship/consolation games. The top four teams play 6 games in 3 days, two games a day.

Bantam House Select/Middle School No-Check Division.
Registration for this division is by invititation only.

17th Annual Nutcracker Tournament
December 26-31, 2016

Age levels are based on 2016-2017 USA Hockey age levels. Teams must play with their regular league roster and may NOT add players to their roster for the tournament. House all-star teams at the Squirt, Peee Wee and Bantam levels are allowed if formed exclusively from an in-house program.

Mite teams do not have to be the regularly rostered team from the season and may consist of players from multiple teams throughout an organization. Mite teams may also be formed from players of different organizations; however, such mixed organization teams may not be permitted into the tournament based on overall team strength. Mite aged players who are rostrered on a full ice Mite or Squirt team are not permitted in the Nutcracker, EXCEPT girls who are born in 2008 and are playing on a girls only Squirt team.

Mites will be divided into tiers based on team overall strength.

Games feature three 12-minute stop-time periods. Four or five games are possible. In divisions with an even number of teams, three games are guaranteed, plus two teams advance to the championship. In divisions with an odd number of teams, teams play a four-game round robin, and two or more teams advance to a championship. We guarantee that 50% of teams play in a championship game! Mite games are 17 minute running time periods.

5 Point System

Each game is worth five points. Teams earn two points for a win and one point for each period won.

In the Mite Divison all teams play three round robin games, a semi final and a 5th championship or consolation game. (Except for the Top 8 Challenge)

The winning teams receive the Nutcracker Cup engraved with all players' and coaches' names. First and second place individual trophies are also awarded.

An EMT is present for each game of the tournament.
Each player recevies a FREE copy of the tournament souvenir program.

Cross Ice Mite Division

Enter your team or enter as an individual. All Mite divisoins are played Cross Ice with two games being played in the defensive zones. The game is played 3 on 3 plus goalie. We are limited to 48 cross ice teams. Teams will be divided into tiers based on team strength.
Top Tiers of Mites Dec. 26-28
Pee Wees and Bantams Dec. 26-28
Remaining Tiers of Mites Dec. 28-31
Squirts Dec. 28-31

Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantams $995
Cross Ice Mite Teams $695

Full Ice Out of Town Teams $699 Must stay at hotel partner noted below.
Cross Ice Out of Town Teams $499 Must stay at hotel partner noted below.

A $100 deposit is due upon registration with the balance due by November 15th.

Out-Of-Town Special Discount

Out-of-Town teams who stay at one of our official hotel partners pay a reduced fee. ONLY $699 for Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam teams and ONLY $499 for Cross Ice Mite teams! Please contact the hotels directly for rates and be sure to ask for the RMU Island Sports Center discount.

Sheraton Inn (Moon)
Tara Rzepecki, 412-262-2400

Hampton Inn (Moon)

Carly Hartranft, 412-264-0020 

The Hilton Garden Inn (Cranberry)

Patty Conner, 724-779-8643