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Michael Hughes Memorial Squirt Tournament

November 15-17, 2024


Thank you for attending the Annual Michael Hughes Memorial Squirt Hockey Tournament. We are pleased to have all of you here. This tournament is a cooperative effort between the Eau Claire Youth Hockey Association, the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department, and the Pat and Jana Hughes Family.

This tournament is dedicated to Mike Hughes, a 10-year-old 1st-year squirt who passed away unexpectedly on 12/5/1996. His parents, Pat and Jana, have co-sponsored this tournament since its inception and contributed very generously to help build the initial Michael Hughes rink. Any proceeds generated from this tournament will assist Eau Claire Youth Hockey to continue our support of youth hockey at all levels. 

Pat and Jana Hughes and their son Jack reside in Madison, WI. They remain involved with all the setup for this tournament in memory of their son, Mike. A lot of preparation has been put forth to help ensure that this will be a fun event for all!

The Michael Hughes Tournament Committee

Tournament Hotel Information

2024-2025 Tournament Information Coming Soon

Tournament Notes

  • LiveBarn is available at both the Eau Claire Hobbs Ice Rink as well as Altoon Hobbs Ice Rink.

  • Please pay close attention to which rink you are playing at. We will be utilizing the Eau Claire Hobbs and Altoona Hobbs rinks.

  • Rink Addresses: 
    • Eau Claire Hobbs Ice Arena, 915 Menomonie Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703
    • Altoona Hobbs, 2300 Spooner Ave, Altoona, WI 54720 (Altoona games are noted on the schedule with ** and in red).
  • Each team is responsible for running its penalty box throughout the tournament. 
  • Any apparel ordered through the online store will be available for pickup at the tournament desk. Orders will not be shipped.

Tournament Rules

  1. USA Hockey rules will govern all play.
  2. The referees will be in charge of the game, and no obscene language or gestures will be tolerated. A “ZERO TOLERANCE” policy will be strictly enforced.
  3. Noisemakers of any kind are not allowed.
  4. Each team will be guaranteed at least three games, consisting of 3 periods of 12-minute stop-time. The ice will be resurfaced at the start of each game, and there will be a 1-minute break between periods.
  5. Running time will start when a team has a 6-goal lead. Stop-time will resume if the lead is reduced to fewer than six goals.
  6. The tournament officials reserve the right to change from stop-time for each period to a pre-determined running time period if the tournament falls behind in time allotment. We don’t anticipate this happening as we will have allowed 1 1/4 hours for each game and resurfacing.
  7. Tied games will be decided as follows: 1-minute rest at the end of the game before the overtime period. One 5-minute sudden death overtime period will be used to determine a winner.

A shootout will be used if the score remains tied at the end of the overtime period. Each team will choose five players with one shot on goal. The team scoring the most goals in the shootout will win.

If still tied after the shootout, a three different players will be chosen, and the shootout will continue. The team scoring the most goals in the second shootout will win. If still tied after the second shootout, each team will choose one player to alternate shots until one team has a goal advantage.