Pagosa Winter Classic to feature pond hockey tournament and more

A three-on-three pond hockey ice battle will take place on Jan. 11 and 12 at the third annual Pagosa Winter Classic, with Saturday featuring live music, a heated tent, whiskey, craft beer, food and other family activities at the Pagosa Multi Purpose Pavilion (PMP), 550 S. 8th St.
The event will feature two 15-minute periods of three-on-three pond hockey action with a four-game guarantee for each team.
The cost for teams is $300 and the singles cost $50, with each team consisting of three to six players.
On both Jan. 11 and 12 games will start at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. will feature the live music, whiskey and craft beer.
PMP Executive Director Brian Collabolletta explained that pond hockey is generally played in a three-on-three format.
“It’s a scaled down version of the game,” Collabolletta explained, noting that there are no goalies in this version of the game.
Three-on-three hockey is more of a skill-based game, he explained.
“You have to make two passes before you’re allowed to score a goal,” he said. “The goals are different. They aren’t full-sized 4-by-6 goals.”
A pond hockey goal is typically 4 feet wide, 6 inches tall and has two openings on each end, he described.
“It’s much more of a passing and skill type of event,” he said.
The number of games could go up depending on the number of teams that sign up, he added later.
Teams that claim victory at the tournament will earn a trophy, Collabolletta explained.
To register for the event, interested parties can go to www.eventbrite.com and search “Pagosa Winter Classic Hockey Tournament”; you can also sign up the day of the event.
“Every year gets a little bigger and better. This year with the help of the town tourism committee we had a small grant that’s allowed us to rent a 20- by 40-foot tent that will be heated,” Collabolletta said. “More and more teams every year. We’ve got teams coming from farther away. This year we have a team coming from Santa Fe, which is a first.”
More information can be found at skatepagosa.org, by emailing skatepagosa@icloud.org or via phone at 398-2337.

This story was posted on January 9, 2020.