Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament
Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament (commonly known as the "Snoopy Tournament") is a major amateur senior ice hockey tournament held every summer at Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California. Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts and owner of the arena, started the tournament in 1975.
The entire tournament consists of over 60 teams split up into many different divisions. The teams are divided up by age group: 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, and 75. A player is able to play in a younger division but not an older one. For example, a 50-year-old forward can play in either the 40-, 45- or 50-year-old division, but he is not eligible to play in the 55 or higher. Goaltenders are the only exception to this rule. They can be 10 years younger than the requirement for a division, but have to be at least 40 years of age.
The teams in each division play a round-robin series, playing each other only once. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for the winners in each division.
Teams from all over the world participate in the tournament. United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan have all been represented in past years. In the 36th Annual tournament in 2011, there were teams from 12 different states within the U.S., British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, and a team from Oslo, Norway.
Ex-pros and celebrities
Schulz played in the tournament every year up until his death. He was a member of the Diamond Icers team that played their final game in the 75-year-old division. His son Monte Schulz also plays in the tournament.
The Snoopy Tournament has also attracted the attention of some retired pro National Hockey League players as well as some celebrities. Some of the former NHLers who have played in the tournament are Red Berenson, Ernie Hicke, Terry Harper, and Mel Bridgman, as well as the current Assistant Coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, Jamie Kompon. Another notable participant in the tournament is television producer David E. Kelley, creator of The Practice and Ally McBeal.
2011's tournament was held July 9-16 of that same year. In 2012, the tournament was July 7-15. And in 2013, it was held July 12-21.
This year, the tournament dates are July 11-20, 2014.
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