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2017 - 19th 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 56 mite and 36 Squirt thru Bantam  teams from the Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York.

Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam divisions are now 4 game guarantee with five games possible.

However, due to the increased number of guaranteed games we have reduced the number of teams we can accept to 36 between Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam teams.

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.

19th Annual Nutcracker Tournament
December 26-31, 2017

Age levels are based on 2017-2018 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, Pee 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 Squirt team are not permitted in the Nutcracker, EXCEPT girls who are born in 2009 and are playing on a girls only Squirt team.

Mites will be divided into tiers based on team overall strength. Mites in all tiers besides the top 8 are guaranteed five games. Mites play 17 minute running time periods.

Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam division games feature three 12-minute stop-time periods with four games guaranteed and five games possible.

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

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 56 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 $1250
Cross Ice Mite Teams $695

Full Ice Out of Town Teams $995 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 $995 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