The 1883 Black Ice Hockey Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to postpone for a year the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament that had been scheduled for this coming January 2021 at White Park in Concord, NH.
The Board’s decision to forgo the 2021 event was based on the continuing uncertainty regarding the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety protocols put in place by the State of New Hampshire, and the economic and other hardship many Black Ice players and supportive sponsors have dealt with and are still facing in 2020.
This past January was the 10th anniversary of the annual Black Ice Pond Hockey tournament. The non-profit organization has raised and donated more over $500,000 to help build the new White Park Skate House, enhance signage at White park and Everett Arena, provide annual donations to high school booster organizations, and most recently, fund scholarships for graduating seniors at many local high schools.
The Black Ice Board will continue to work with its supporters and the City of Concord over the next year to prepare for the 11th Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in January 2022, when the uncertainty and disruption of COVID-19 will hopefully be well behind us.With the snow and cold settling in for their typical three-month stay, now is the time for Concord, NH, to rekindle its claim to be the US Hometown of Pond Hockey.