updated on: January 17, 2017
Robin's Classic, A January Tradition
One of Canada's Largest Minor Hockey Tournaments
A premier tournament that kids want to be involved in. It’s like the Stanley Cup of Northern Ontario.
This year's Robin’s Classic runs January 19 - 22, 2017, with the 26th anniversary of Robin's Donuts long-running sponsorship of this popular minor hockey tournament hosted by the Port Arthur Minor Hockey Association and its dedicated volunteers.
The tournament brings together close to 3,000 minor hockey players boys and girls between the ages 4 to 17, playing 300 games, with champions crowned in 12 age divisions. Divisions include IP1 all the way up to Midget AA, with most of teams in the younger age groups.
These numbers make the Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic one of the largest hockey tournaments in Northwest Ontario with around 150 teams competing at nine arenas (11 ice surfaces), making for what is a very busy four days of hockey in Thunder Bay.
Teams are traveling to games at different rinks around the city so game schedules and maps to the arenas are provided in registration kits that are only available for pick up at the host hotel, the Victoria Inn.
The support of Robin's Donuts, the locally owned and operated coffee and restaurant chain, allows local organizers to put on what become one of most popular tournaments across the region. Tournament passes are available at all Robin’s Donuts locations.
Each year teams from across Northwest Ontario register to compete at this popular minor hockey event for all age levels from novice to midget. Thunder Bay eagerly welcomes visiting minor hockey players, coaches, parents and grandparents from towns and communities all across Northwest Ontario, including Dryden, Fort Frances, Atikokan, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Nipigon, Red Rock, Geraldton, Longlac, Schreiber, Terrace Bay, Marathon and Wawa.. This year, there are also teams entered from St.Boniface, Manitoba and Notre Dame, Saskatchewan.
Accommodations & More
For those attending the tournament there are dozens of hotels, motels and other accommodation options for you to choose.
For visiting teams, players and family, the Victoria Inn offers a discount as the host hotel for the tournament. The indoor pool and waterslide make make the Victoria Inn on Arthur Street a popular spot for visiting teams with Chicago Joe's Restaurant on site and other fast food restaurants near by. If rooms are not available at Victoria Inn, there are number of other hotels to choose from.
Visting teams will have an opportunity to attend a Thunderwolves hockey game at a special tournament group rate. Visitors can also pick up a copy of the new Thunder Bay Experience Guide at their hotel to find out what there is to see and do between games. A visit to the outdoor, artificial rink on the Lake Superior waterfront at Prince Arthur's Landing is an option for a relaxing skate before or after a game.