MARQUETTE – Hockey opportunities for adult teams and youth players abound during Finn Grand Fest 2005 (FGF 2005), which takes place Aug. 10-14 in Marquette.   The festival is an annual traveling celebration of Finnish heritage among Finnish Americans and Finnish Canadians.

            A mini-camp for junior hockey players ages 8 to 16 is slated to run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday at the Berry Events Center on the Northern Michigan University campus. 

            Staff from the NMU Wildcat hockey program and Marquette Junior Hockey will divide the participants into age groups for on- and off-ice training.  FGF 2005 organizers also are working to secure a Finnish professional hockey player to assist.

            The cost is $50 per player and includes a Finn Grand Fest Hockey Camp t-shirt.

            A round-robin hockey tournament is also slated as part of the festival.  The tourney will include two divisions: Division A for players 18 years and older and Division B for players 40 and older.

            Game times will be from 7 p.m. until midnight Thursday through Saturday at the Berry.   The format is two 21-minute periods with a running clock.  Checking is prohibited.

            The cost to participate is $270 per team. 

            To register, send participation fee (checks made payable to Finn Grand Fest 2005) and registration information to Finn Grand Fest Hockey, 2342 U.S. Highway 41 West, Marquette, MI  49855.  Required registration information for the mini-camp includes: player’s name, a parent or guardian’s name, address, phone number, age, and t-shirt size.  Required registration information for the team tournament includes: captain's name, address, phone number, and age division.

            For more information, contact Bill Dowling at 906-226-3305 about the mini-camp and Ken Lancour at 906-228-3957 about the team tournament.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications