The Berkshire Pond Hockey Classic is an annual event to support a celebration of community, health of mind, body, and spirit, and of course the joy of playing hockey in its purest form — on a natural, frozen lake surrounded by the sounds of nature.
Here is a recap of the 2023 inaugural event, sponsored by The Pass Berkshires that took place at Berkshire School (due to weather) and saw the Pittsfield Police Department win the event.
BPHC’s first annual outdoor tournament, sponsored by Berkshire Bank, took place on Saturday, February 17th 2024 on Benedict Pond in Monterey/Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Dirty Mike & The Boys won the 2nd annual Classic.
The event was 4 on 4, co-ed, with 6 skaters per team and 1 running, 15 minute period. No referees with 12 teams this past year. Drop us a line if you would like to field a team next year, volunteer, sponsor or donate.
BPHC is a fiscally sponsored non-profit program through Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires‘ 501(c)(3). All donations are tax deductible and profits go directly toward a program being built to bring the sport of hockey to marginalized households in Berkshire county, with children who want to learn to skate and/or learn to play hockey, and providing ice, equipment, transportation and coaching to level the playing field.
More updates will be coming to this page as the event develops.
Growing up on the edge of Lake Buel, and seeing the beautiful ice canvas of the lake during winters, Alex has dreamed of starting up a pond hockey tournament on the lake ever since his dad put him and his brother on ice skates as young boys. He started chatting with the community and in 2022 things quickly turned into a budding reality.