USA Field Hockey Proudly Announces 2014 National Hockey Festival Teams
Under-16 and Under-19 Clubs will compete to be crowned champions in California
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 5, 2014 – The National Hockey Festival presented by CranBarry is the largest event of its kind in the entire world, bringing together field hockey enthusiasts from all walks of life, across divisions ranging from Under-14 to adult to men, to celebrate the game we love. Whether its rival clubs competing for bragging rights or post-collegiate players getting back in the game, National Hockey Festival has a little bit of everything for everyone.
The pride and prestige that accompanies an opportunity to compete at National Hockey Festival, held annually over the Thanksgiving holiday, is unrivaled by any other event in the U.S. The Thanksgiving Day tradition gathers more than 7,000 recruiting college coaches, umpires, athletes, family and friends for a showcase of talent, skill and fierce competition.
Just less than a month after the entry process was announced, today USA Field Hockey is thrilled to release the 196 Under-16 and Under-19 teams who will compete at the 2014 National Hockey Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Palm Springs, Calif. After making numerous renovations to their grounds, the Empire Polo Club is excited to once again host the hockey festivities.
“We are so excited for Rockland Tsunami to be a part of this year’s Festival,” said Coach Bernadette Gannon, for whom the 2014 National Hockey Festival marks the first year for her club to attend any USA Field Hockey event. “Festival is like the crown trophy of field hockey experiences any players will have in their lifetime, and giving them that opportunity is just an amazing feeling.”
The 2014 edition of National Hockey Festival will feature 131 different clubs from 22 different states. Pennsylvania, holding onto its claim to fame as a hockey powerhouse, tops the list with the most clubs from one state with a whopping 28 club teams.
Our neighbors to the north, Canada, will feature four club teams. Three teams from British Columbia and one from Toronto will fight for the chance to make their mark on California soil.
“We are thrilled to be participating in the 2014 Festival,” said Coach Wendy Andreatta of Finger Lakes Club. “USA Field Hockey always puts together such well-organized tournaments and Festival is no exception! This will be Finger Lakes Club's first time competing at Festival and we cannot wait for our athletes to experience a world-class event in such a beautiful location. We can't wait for November!”
To view the list of teams, please visit the 2014 National Hockey Festival event page on usafieldhockey.com, or click here.