The Opener

The 14th Annual AAA Opener is the first AAA Hockey Tournament of the season. Geared to get teams prepared for the upcoming season, the Opener features a four-game guarantee, championship round play on Sunday with professional game management staff. Kick-off the AAA season and “Let’s Play Summer Hockey!”

This is an Open level AAA tournament, not suitable for strong, established teams.


Twin Cities Division:

Games will be played at the 8-sheet Super Rink, 2-sheet Fogerty Arena in Blaine…a couple of the best venues in the Midwest. Neighboring arenas may be used for overflow games.   The Opener features multiple divisions at each birth year for parity.

Stay and Play
NHG has partnered with TPI Hospitality in securing blocks of rooms with the best pricing and proximity to arenas used for the tournament.  Teams are required to stay in these properties.  Click on “View Hotels” under Lodging below.


Sioux Falls Division:
Games will be played at the state-of-the-art 3 sheet Scheels IcePlex in Sioux Falls, SD.  You will not miss any action as all three rinks share the same lobby – A fantastic tournament venue.  If needed, Blue Mound Ice Arena in Luverne may be used for overflow games.

Stay and Play
NHG has partnered with hotels with the best pricing and proximity to arenas used for the tournament.  Teams are required to stay in these properties. Click on “View Hotels” under Lodging below.

Sioux Falls Opening (2024)

March 22-24, 2024:
2015/16 – FULL 
2014 – FULL 
2013 – FULL
2012 – FULL

April 12-14, 2024:
2011 – 3 Openings
2010 – 2 Openings
2009 – 2 Openings

*As of 1/18/2024


Girls Division:
The girls Divisions (10U, 12U, 14U, & 16U) will be playing at the Bloomington Ice Garden in Bloomington and offer multiple divisions for parity.

Stay and Play
NHG has partnered with TPI Hospitality in securing blocks of rooms with the best pricing and proximity to arenas used for the tournament.  Teams are required to stay in these properties. Click on “View Hotels” under Lodging below.


Opener Features

  • Four game guarantee
  • Vendor Area
  • Professional Game Management
  • Over 250 teams!
  • Team trophies and Championship T’s
  • Games will not start prior to 12:00pm Friday
  • On-site Concessions
  • Rosters and schedules/results online at www.aaatournaments.com
  • A great way to kick-off the AAA hockey tournament season
  • Multiple divisions at each age level for parity

 

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NHG Tournament Website:
Visit our tournament website aaatournaments.com for all your NHG tournament results, schedules, and rosters.

**IF WORKER SHORTAGE CONTINUES IN 2024 TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VOLUNTEER TO WORK THE SCORECLOCK / PENALTY BOX**

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Dates Division Age Location Lodging
March 22-24, 2024 Twin Cities Division – Boys Open 2015/16, 2014, 2013, 2012 Super Rink (Blaine), Fogerty Arena (Blaine) View Hotels
March 22-24, 2024 Sioux Falls, SD Division – Boys Open 2015/16, 2014, 2013, 2012 Scheels Iceplex (Sioux Falls)
*Blue Mound Ice Arena (Luverne) may be used for overflow games*
View Hotels
April 5-7, 2024 Twin Cities Division – Boys Open 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Super Rink (Blaine), Fogerty Arena (Blaine) View Hotels
April 12-14, 2024 Sioux Falls, SD Division – Boys Open 2011, 2010, 2009 Scheels Iceplex (Sioux Falls)
*Blue Mound Ice Arena (Luverne) may be used for overflow games*
View Hotels
Dates Division Age Location Lodging
April 5-7, 2024 Girls Open 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U Bloomington Ice Gardens (Bloomington) View Hotels
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