NATIONAL HOCKEY FESTIVAL

Sun, fun, turkey legs and field hockey sticks all in one place has been a staple of the National Hockey Festival for decades. Held each Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of athletes, coaches, umpires and fans alike come together from across the United States and Canada to celebrate the best game on earth.

Recently completing its 37th edition, Festival continues to be one of the largest field hockey tournaments in the nation and the world for an experience that can’t be beat.

 

History:

  • Originally started in 1922 National Tournament, the event's main focus was the bring the top college-aged and older athletes together from reach region to compete in a 3-day competition that fell during the Thanksgiving weekend. The winner was deemed the national champions and it also served as the U.S. Women's National Team trials.
  • In 1975 the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) added the first national collegiate tournament. The first edition of the event was held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. and was the beginning structure of what most are familiar with as today's postseason collegiate play. This took away the emphasis of the National Tournament.
  • In 1981 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) took over the collegiate tournament, ending the AIAW. With the official postseason tournament now under a structured organization, the focus shifted for the National Tournament and instead of being an event only for college-aged and older athletes, it was opened up to high school clubs.
  • The event was rebranded to be called Hockey Festival, and later changed to National Hockey Festival.
  • The very first Hockey Festival took place from November 25-29, 1981 in Orlando, Fla. behind the corporate building of Martin-Marietta Corporation. This event included 47 club teams.

Sponsors:

  • CranBarry, presenting sponsor, X - present
  • Harrow Sports, official licensee, X - present

Division Additions:

  • 1982 - Mixed Division
  • 1034 - Open Division
  • 1986 - Men's Division
  • 1987 - Non-Competitive Recreation Sub-Division (Open, Club and Masters Divisions)
  • 2008 - Boy's Division
  • 2013 - U-14 Division
  • 2014 - Women's Division

Typical Dates:

  • Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday to Sunday

Participating Age Division:

  • U-12 Co-Ed
  • U-14 Girls, 7v7
  • U-14 Girls, 11v11
  • U-16 Girls
  • U-17 Boys
  • U-19 Girls
  • Men's
  • Women's
  • Open

Locations:

2019: Tampa, Fla.   2006: Indio, Calif.   1993: Irvine, Calif.
2018: Palm Beach County, Fla. 2005: West Palm Beach, Fla. 1992: Irvine, Calif.
2017: Palm Beach County, Fla. 2004: West Palm Beach, Fla. 1991: Coca, Fla.
2016: Palm Beach County, Fla. 2003: Indio, Calif. 1990: Coca, Fla.
2015: Palm Springs, Calif. 2002: Indio, Calif. 1989: Salisburg, N.C.
2014: Palm Springs, Calif. 2001: West Palm Beach, Fla. 1988: Irvine, Calif.
2013: Palm Beach County, Fla. 2000: West Palm Beach, Fla. 1987: Irvine, Calif.
2012: West Palm Beach, Fla. 1999: West Palm Beach, Fla. 1986: Virginia Beach, Va.
2011: Phoenix, Ariz. 1998: Indio, Calif. 1985: Norfolk, Va.
2010: Phoenix, Ariz. 1997: Palm Springs, Calif. 1984: Long Beach, Calif.
2009: Indio, Calif. 1996: West Palm Beach, Fla. 1983: Orlando, Fla.
2008: Indio, Calif. 1995: Palm Springs, Calif. 1982: Orlando, Fla.
2007: Indio, Calif.
1994: Seminole County, Fla. 1981: Orlando, Fla.

Past Winners:

2019 Festival Winners
2018 Festival Winners
2017 Festival Winners
2016 Festival Winners
2015 Festival Winners
2014 Festival Winners
2013 Festival Winners
2012 Festival Winners
2011 Festival Winners