Glacier Hockey 6th Annual Thanksgiving Shootout Hockey Tournament

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6th Annual event to include over 70 teams and Special Needs Division.

Glacier Thanksgiving Shootout continues to grow. The Glacier Ice Arena will be host to its 6th annual Thanksgiving Shootout November 20th to 25th. This year’s tournament will feature 70 teams competing at 10 levels. For the first time, the tournament will include a bracket composed of developmentally challenged players. The Shootout will start Tuesday evening and continue through the weekend, with Championship games set for Sunday at the Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. . A complete schedule of games and times will be posted at one week prior to the tournament starting.

Special Needs teams to take the ice at Shootout

We are very pleased to host a special needs tournament division for teams composed of special needs players with teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri. The Chicago team is called the Tomahawks and they are a program for developmental challenged athletes who have a desire to play hockey. The team is comprised of players that have Autism, Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities. The Tomahawks Special Hockey Program is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. The team roster is open to anyone who wants to play, regardless of age, race, or even ability to play. The Tomahawks play scrimmage games throughout the year against local High Schools as well as other special needs teams and are invited annually to play in the USA Hockey National Disabled Festival.

For more information on the Special needs programs see their websites and contact information below:
Chicago Tomahawks
Contact Amy LaPoe at amylapoe(at)gmail(dot)com

The St Louis Locomotives
Contact Jill Hermen at jherm47(at)hotmail(dot)com

The Madison Timberwolves
Contact Hal Bennett at hgeesbennett(at)pol(dot)net

About the Glacier Ice Arena
The Glacier Ice Arena is Illinois' premier, state-of-the-art ice arena and year round training facility. The Glacier features and features two NHL size ice surfaces and will serve as the prime location for most of the games. The Glacier is proud to be the home for the Ice Dogs youth hockey programs with more than 1000participants. Tournament games will also be played at Lake Forest Academy, Glenview Ice Arena, and West Meadows. For more information, please contact Ken Johnson in the Glacier Hockey office at (847) 362-1222 or

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