CONWAY — The Dave Dore Winter Classic Tournament returns to the Ham Arena this Friday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 12 with 18 teams from across New England and New York. The annual event is the Mount Washington Valley Women’s Hockey Association’s (MWVWHA) biggest fundraiser.
Tournament income cuts down on costs for individuals playing in the Monday night league, and funds raised through things like the weekend’s raffle go to a local non-profit. This year’s cause is End 68-Hours of Hunger. Previous recipients have been local organizations such as Jen’s Friends and the Laura Foundation.
The tournament is named in honor of the late Dave Dore. Dore was not only instrumental in helping to build the Ham Arena, but in the late 1990s, he supported efforts to build a women’s hockey program.
According to longtime MWVWHA player Betty LeGoff, “What started as a night of pond hockey using kayak helmets, ski gloves, softball kneepads and anything we could tape on grew into a full learning program with a 60-player league.”
The Dave Dore Classic Tournament guarantees each team three games with 12-minute periods. There are four divisions, broken down by skill level and the top two contenders in each bracket will play in one of four championship games on Sunday.
The first puck drops at 12:30 p.m. on Friday with games running until about 10 p.m. Play resumes at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday; Sunday’s first faceoff is at 6:50 a.m..
To catch the championship games, head to the Ham on West Main St. in Conway Village at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. From there, games run back-to-back with game four starting at 3 p.m.