From November 24th to 26th, 2023, hockey enthusiasts gathered in Delaware and New Jersey for the highly anticipated Defender Hockey Tournaments Thanksgiving Classic.
In Delaware, the Palmyra Black Knights emerged triumphant in multiple categories, leaving their mark on the competition. In the 8U A division, the Palmyra Black Knights secured a decisive 10-3 victory against Team Philadelphia in the championship game. The 10U A category witnessed another triumph for the Palmyra Black Knights, as they defeated the Hollydell Hurricanes 6-3 in a thrilling finals matchup. In the 12U A division, the Philadelphia Blazers (Czop) clinched victory with a narrow 3-2 win against the Hollydell Hurricanes. The 12U AA category saw an intense battle, with the Old Bridge Jr. Knights emerging as champions after a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the NJ Bandits (Grey). The Hollydell Hurricanes continued their success in the 14U A division, securing a 4-0 win against the Delco Phantoms in the championship game. The 16U A category witnessed Snider Hockey's dominance as they emerged victorious with a 3-0 win against the Grundy Senators in the championship match.
New Jersey also witnessed exhilarating competition, with teams showcasing their skills and determination to claim victory in their respective categories. In the 10U A division, the Cutting Edge Cobras secured a convincing 4-1 win over the New Jersey Bandits in the finals. The Mercer Chiefs triumphed in the 10U B category, narrowly defeating the PAL Sound Tigers 3-2 in the championship game. The Cutting Edge Cobras (Black) displayed their prowess in the 12U A division, securing a 5-2 victory against the North Jersey Kings in the finals. In the 12U B category, the Cutting Edge Cobras emerged victorious once again, claiming a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Bandits (White) in the championship game. The North Jersey Kings (Blue) celebrated success in the 14U A division, emerging triumphant with a 6-4 victory against the Long Island Gulls in the championship match.
Defender Hockey Tournaments next event is the Winter Whiteout from January 13-15th in New Jersey. For a full list of winter events click here and to view the newly released spring and summer events click here.