Iowa cornfield to be transformed into hockey tourney

(Des Moines, Iowa)  Plans are underway for an unusual sports tourney this winter near Des Moines, outdoor hockey, in a corn-field, in mid-January.  The Iowa Wild Hockey team is partnering with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board to host "Hockey Days-Iowa," a two-day, outdoor hockey tourney.

"That's the time to play outdoors.  We made sure (those days) historically are the coldest time of winter, so we're expecting good ice conditions, so bundle up and play some hockey," said Todd Frederickson, president of the Iowa Wild Hockey team in Des Moines. 

Organizers are expecting up to 66-teams of all ages and skill levels, from the upper Midwest to take part in the tournament, January 13th and 14th, 2018.   

The three-on-three tournament is hosted by North River Adventures in Carlisle, IA.  Crews will begin setting up the rinks in late November.   Two rinks will be set up outside a barn, two additional rinks will be set up in fields.

Frederickson says the goal is to grown the game of hockey, as well as raise funds for the Gabe Fleming Memorial Hockey Scholarship Fund.  

Teams can register at, beginning November 9th, 2017, the registration fee is $300, and teams are guaranteed three games.

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