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Sticks in Stillwater Mite/U8 Hockey Festival 2020

Hello Past Participant at Sticks in Stillwater Mites/U8 Festival:

 We want to let you know that we will be taking a hiatus from the Mites/U8 Festival in 2020 in Stillwater. 

Instead, we are planning to be involved with some special skating and hockey events at CHS Field in St. Paul to help celebrate the historic 40th Anniversary of “Miracle on Ice”.  Forty years ago, our country was treated to an inspiring gold-medal winning performance by our young Americans and they were coached by the legendary Herb Brooks.


Keep an eye out for more information about these events as we approach the winter months.  Thank you for your past support and participation.         


Sticks in Stillwater Mite/U8 Hockey Festival - January 12-13, 2019

Sticks in Stillwater is one of the largest 3v3 Mite Festivals in the Midwest and is produced with the help of the Herb Brooks Foundation for the benefit of youth hockey. New this year, the festival will also be providing a scholarship to the Josh Gunderson Memorial Fund which supports local hockey players who need additional financial assistance to skate.

As 70+ teams and approximately 6,000 hockey fans descend on the City of Stillwater and the St. Croix Valley, Minnesota once again showcases its commitment to healthy living, youth programming and its love for the game of hockey!  We invite you to become a part of the 4th annual event as we celebrate many of Minnesota’s own hockey greats and good old fashioned outdoor youth hockey!

Any proceeds after expenses will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation to help make hockey accessible and affordable to all kids.

3v3 Mite Festival Fees

Teams from the same association
1-3 teams: $300 per team
4 or more teams: $250 per team

Teams will pay a $100 deposit at time of application after the number of teams per association has been determined the team balance will be adjusted to reflect the team's correct fee.  Teams must be paid in full by January 10, 2019 

Schedule of Events

Saturday, January 12, 2019
7:30 AM to 12:00 PM Registration
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Hockey games
1:00 to 3:00 PM Autographs / Rec Center 1675 Market Dr. Stillwater
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Silent Auction Acapulco
Sunday, January 13th
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Hockey games
Fun events all weekend
FREE parking in the lot East of Joseph's Restaurant with FREE Shuttle buses on Sat. 7am - 5pm and Sun. 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
FREE Shuttles from Rec Center to Downtown Stillwater on Sat. from 11am-3pm and Sun 11am - 2 pm
Shop, eat and explore downtown Stillwater

Festival details

Click here to register for Sticks in Stillwater


Join us in one of Minnesota's most beautiful historic cities to celebrate youth hockey at the 4th annual Sticks in Stillwater Mite/U8 Festival.

January 12-13, 2019 
St. Croix Valley Recreation Center 

With 70+ Mite/U8 teams there will be no shortage of hockey as all teams play 4 games, win or lose! While in Stillwater, visit award-winning restaurants, tour the ice castle, walk the riverfront or go boutique shopping. Free shuttles will be running from the Festival to Downtown Stillwater. Fun for the whole family!

Festival details:

  • This is a 3-on-3 Festival; Ideal team sizes are between 6–10 players
  • No refs on the ice; one coach from each team must be on the ice
  • Just for fun; There are no standings, stats or individual awards or trophies
  • Each player shall receive a Sticks in Stillwater jersey
  • The coach of each team determines the level of play for his/her team
  • All skaters must wear full gear
  • This is a MN Hockey sanctioned event
  • Games will be played at the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center in Stillwater, MN 
  • Games are 27-minute lengths with 1 ½ min. lines – all games are outdoors
  • Timekeepers are provided by the Festival
  • There is NO checking. Coaches on the ice control their skaters for fun and safety

Registration Link

Level I - Real Beginners
Level II - Intermediates
Level III - Advanced-Intermediates
Level IV - Top Advanced

Level I - Real Beginners
Level II - Intermediates
Level III - Advanced

Volunteer Event Staff

Join us as we roll out the red carpet for hockey fans and players from across Minnesota. Volunteers are needed to assist with various event details including parking, event support, Rink Boss, set up and tear down.

Volunteers will receive a collectible winter stocking cap. To learn more about available jobs and time slots, please contact:

Jim  Boo

Jim Boo

Tournament Director

Phone: 651.231.3111

John Donahue

John Donahue

Event Coordinator

Phone: 651.206.4882

Cheryl Blaker

Team Registration

Phone: 763.717.3229

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