Bragging rights and the award of a traveling trophy will be on the line during an outdoor hockey game matching talents of players who will represent Grand Haven and Spring Lake.
The game is one part of a full evening of outdoor winter fun at the Snow Jam, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at Spring Lake’s Central Park. The event is sponsored by the Spring Lake Rotary Club.
This is the second year of the Snow Jam, however, uncooperative weather put a damper on the festivities a year ago, said Rotary member Eric Johnson.
“We went through this last year, where people were wondering if there was going to be enough ice and will it be cold enough?” Johnson said. “But with the cold weather we’re experiencing now, I think that’s sparked a lot of interest. I’ve received several e-mails the last week asking about the game.”
The “game” is being called an alumni contest, with a requirement being that players either be graduates or Grand Haven or Spring Lake High Schools, or are current residents or the communities.
“We’re also including Ferrysburg,” Johnson said.
Johnson said spots on the rosters have filled up quickly, as several of the players who were planning on the game a year ago have renewed their interest in lacing up their skates and battling for their community.
“There may be some spots open for reserves or you never know if someone might drop out at the last moment,” Johnson said. “And who knows? If we get enough interest, we could turn this into a multi-team event in the years to come.”
There is a $30 fee for jerseys. Interested players are asked to e-mail Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The game, which will be held on the Rotary outdoor ice rink in Central Park, is intended to be a spirited but friendly game, with no checking, icing or offsides. It will be a 4 vs. 4 format, plus goalies.
Johnson said International Aid of Spring Lake has volunteered to purchase a traveling trophy for the winner of the game, which is sure to add to the competiveness of the contest.
“We are especially excited to see the ‘old boys’ from Spring Lake face off against Grand Haven in this cross-town rivalry,” said Jim Humphrey, the Spring Lake Rotary president.
All proceeds from the game and the rest of Snow Jam will benefit the Rotary’s local and international fundraising efforts.
Aside from the game, Snow Jam features an open skate for the community, a snow dart tournament, live music, and plenty of food and beverage options. More information on the event can be found at www.rotarysnowjam.com.