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Big Thaw Tournament 2022

The Rochester Jr. Americans are hosting the 31st annual Big Thaw Spring House Tournament in memory of Willard "Bud" Parker Jr. 

March 4-6, 2022: 8U (Mites) teams at red, white and blue levels

March 11-13, 2022: 10U (Squirts)  - 18U (Midgets)

Tournament Headquarters: Rochester Ice Center, Fairport NY

March 4-6, 2022: 8U (mites) red, white and blue levels

A half-ice tournament featuring USAH sanctioned, cross-ice dasher boards, regulation “mite” nets, great competition at all levels of play with teams from across the Northeast.

All 8U teams will play one game on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Sunday games will include gold medal, bronze medal and cross-over games. 

March 11-13, 2022: House 10U (squirts) - 18U (midgets)

A full-ice, 5v5 House tournament based on fair, competitive, play and fun on the ice! All games will be non-checking.

Teams should be available to play as early as 2 p.m. on Friday.

Why Play Our Big Thaw Tournament?

  • No gate fee
  • 4 game minimum. 5 points per game scoring
  • Championship brackets for all levels of play
  • USA Hockey sanctioned tournament
  • Competitive placement by tournament officials
  • Medals, tournament awards and player MVP awards for participants
  • Each participant receives a commemorative souvenir
  • Raffle prizes (hockey equipment and supplies, and more)
  • Newly renovated first-class facility with a snack bar and fully stocked pro-shop

Out-of-town teams are welcome!

Space is limited so make your reservations soon.

A portion of the proceeds from the Big Thaw Tournaments will be donated to the Sean Shortsleeve Memorial Scholarship fund to help families in need cover their Jr. Amerks fees for the season.

Hotel Accommodations

All tournament hotel accommodations are to be made exclusively through Halpern Travel, our official housing partner for the Big Thaw Tournament.

8U (Mites) Hotel Booking Information - March 4-6, 2022

10U-18U Hotel Booking Information - March 11-13, 2022


8U (Mites): March 4-6, 2022

Team Fee: $495 ($200 deposit - final payment due 2/18)  

House 10U (Squirts) - 18U (Midgets): March 11-13, 2022

Team Fee: Based on age level ($450 deposit - final payment due 2/25)

10U - $800; 12U - $850; 14U - $975; 18U - $1,000


  • (Headquarters) Rochester Ice Center, 80 Lyndon Rd, Fairport NY
  • Paul Louis Arena, 1 Boys Club Place, Rochester, NY

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