Hockey brings Michigan International Speedway to life in February

12 Feb 2019
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Hockey brings Michigan International Speedway to life in February MIS Photo

The sound of hockey sticks hitting pucks and skates sliding across the ice was unique to Michigan International Speedway this weekend. During the inaugural MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament guests got to enjoy a full weekend of hockey on the tri-oval and in the garage area.

Throughout the course of the weekend the speedway employed local service organizations to help with the event. MIS donated $3,100 split among the Jackson Area Hockey Association, Lumen Christi High School Hockey team and Jackson Relay for Life (American Cancer Society).

“It was fun to host our inaugural MIS Backyard Tournament and see all the people enjoying the hockey action and MIS in the winter,” MIS President Rick Brenner said. “This was another opportunity to showcase the area for a unique experience and allow people to play hockey right on our tri-oval and in the garage area. The event allowed us to continue to support the local community by making a contribution back to all the service organizations that helped. We are looking forward to hosting this event again in 2020 on January 24 - 26.”

The action was intense from the time the first puck dropped on Saturday all the way until the champions were crowned on Sunday. Action took place in the following divisions: 8U, Squirt (10U), Pee Wee (12U), Bantam, Midget A, women, novice and intermediate.

More than 120 games were played between the divisions on six rinks. The action started at 8 a.m. on Saturday and did not end until 11:30 p.m. that evening. The teams came right back on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. for another full day of hockey and to claim a championship.

The following teams took home championship hardware:

8U                          Toledo Red

10U                        Adrian Gold

12 U                       Chelsea Blue

14U                        Adrian Black

16U                        Adrian Gold

Novice                  Labatt Blue

Women                Iceholes

Intermediate     The Peter Man

Chris Yenna from Calgary, Alberta, Canada provided his expertise and equipment to ensure the success of the games. Yenna, the creator of the Ice NV portable ice resurfacer, was happy to assist. Thanks to his ice resurfacer, the ice remained in good condition throughout the weekend.

The MIS Backyard Hockey Tournament featured more than 50 teams and 360 players competing over two days to take home the prize. The teams combined to score more than 1,700 goals during the tournament.

Fans enjoyed a winter festival that included food, beverages and the Labatt Blue Party Porch. Fans even were able to watch the action from a suite. The Copper Stills Band entertained the crowd on Saturday night.

Thanks to partners like the Detroit Red Wings, Labatt Blue, Corrigan Oil and Experience Jackson the tournament provided a memorable experience for all the guests. The Jackson Area Hockey Association assisted in running the event.

Michigan International Speedway is excited to bring street hockey to both of its NASCAR event weekends this summer. The weekend-long tournament will take place in the fan plaza that will feature food, games, music and much more for just $450 per team. Each team will be guaranteed five games during the weekend and there is a minimum of five players per team. Every participant will receive two tickets for all three days of racing action. All the division winners will be announced on the pre-race stage before the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday. 

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 is on June 9. The series will return on Aug. 11 for the Consumers Energy 400. The XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 is June 8 while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Tickets and campsites for two great weekends of racing at Michigan International Speedway are on sale. Don’t miss your chance to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite for all the non-stop racing action and the week-long entertainment at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track in 2019.

It has never been easier to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite at Michigan International Speedway in 2019. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 888-905-7223 to get the best deals. Grandstand tickets start at $39 and week-long camping starts at $135.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

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