Important and exciting news about the 2017 WHAM Championship Tournament
With our 2016-2017WHAM season winding down, it’s time to start preparing for the WHAM Championship Tournament. Our end of season, intra-league tournament will take place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine. For the seventh year, our end of season tournament will not be sanctioned by and/or run as part of Minnesota Hockey due to WHAM's recreational league status under USA and MN Hockey.
Some important dates to remember and prepare for as we get closer to the tournament:
All stats must be entered into the online stat program by February 28th, 2017.
Teams qualifying for the WHAM Championship Tournament must commit to playing by February 28th, 2017. Teams will be notified by Division Commissioners regarding qualification and must respond back with either a commitment to play or a decline. If teams decline the opportunity to play in the tournament, the next eligible team will be extended the opportunity.
The tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 15th and will run through championship Sunday, March 19th, 2017.
If teams know of potential advertisers for the tournament program—or potential vendors for the Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday Vendor Fair—please contact League Administrator Erika Hockinson-Spande at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 3rd.
The WHAM Championship Tournament will continue with exciting improvements —many of which come as the result of listening to the feedback from our membership.
Tournament Fees due no later than March 2nd, 2017
1605 River Rock Drive
Carver, MN 55315
Answers to Questions You May Have Regarding These Changes:
Q: What measures will be taken to ensure rosters for all teams are valid?
A: Just like during the regular WHAM season, teams are expected to play only properly rostered players at the tournament. No formal “check-in” process will be conducted to validate rosters. It is incumbent upon participating teams to ensure they have a proper roster on hand—one printed from the WHAM website that lists the official roster for your team—and, that all players have a valid form of identification with them during the tournament. At any point an opposing team can request a team to produce a roster and request that all players show proper identification. Players who are not properly rostered and/or who fail to show proper ID will not be allowed to skate—and the team may be disqualified—per rules in the WHAM Handbook.
Q: When will the tournament schedule be posted?
A: After all qualifying teams have been identified and have committed to playing in the tournament, schedules will be posted on the WHAM website and sent to all participating teams. This should occur during at the end of the first week in March.
Q: Will there be trophies for winning teams?
A: No trophies will be awarded at the tournament. Feedback from members shows that, other than having a trophy for a photo opportunity at the end of the tournament, most teams don’t really have a place to display a trophy—and most end up in a garage or basement of one of the players. The trophies are expensive and challenging to maintain. In addition, they were funded by Minnesota Hockey, and since this is a WHAM tournament, it seemed like a great time to honor the feedback from our members and to do something different, such as the tournament T-shirts.
Q: Will there be a tournament program?
A: Yes, a tournament program will be available. Each participating team will receive copies of the program and the remainder will be available to fans until the supply runs out. Advertising and sponsorship will provide the funds to create and print the programs.