COVID-19 Update:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to postpone our 25th annual Dean Turnquist Spring Fever Road Hockey Tournament. We hope that this will only be a postponement and not a cancellation, however as things are changing on a daily basis we will make a decision as things begin to reopen.

Keep checking back on this page for updates as they come and we look forward to seeing you for the tournament, whenever it happens!

Table of Contents

History

About the Tournament

Adult Event

Kids Event

Cabaret

History of the Event

In 1996, Dean Turnquist, a young man from Innisfail, Alberta who had previously lost a leg in an earlier accident had just suffered the loss of an eye in a recreational hockey mishap. In an effort to provide financial and moral support, his friends, neighbours, and members of his community organized a 12-team Road Hockey Tournament fundraiser.

Based on the success of that inaugural event, the tournament returned the next year with a physically and emotionally healed Dean Turnquist joining the organizing committee. That same year, the Helping Hand Fund was established, the mission of which was to provide children from financially challenged families with the opportunity to participate in Innisfail’s minor sports programs. Since then, all proceeds from the “ Dean Turnquist Spring Fever Road Hockey Tournament” have gone towards supporting this charitable endeavour, now called the Helping Hand Fund.

About the Event

The Spring Fever Road Hockey Tournament is an annual sporting event that brings together hockey enthusiasts from different geographies, varying skill levels, and a broad age range. The tournament was originally geared towards those ‘Big’ kids,18+, and these ‘kids’ included some very resilient “Baby Boomers”.

The event was originally held on an outdoor paved parking lot, first at the Highwayman parking lot and later at the Innisfail Arena, featuring exciting ‘3 on 3’ road action in 30-minute games. The exciting action was held over a 2-day weekend with a Saturday night cabaret topping off the festivities. The tournament moved inside in its 8th year to the Innisfail arena where the tournament hosted 28 teams and four ladies teams. Our 8th year also seen the tournament add a kids division to the event. The kid’s tournament has grown and now is as large or larger than the adult division.

Growing to 32 teams around our 9th year the tournament continued to grow. Because of an inflated cost to rent the arena from the Town of Innisfail, and for our 10th year, the tournament returned to the Highwayman parking lot for our ‘Heritage Classic’.

Platinum Fitness signed on as a sponsor to cover the cost of the arena rental for the adult division and we tightened this tournament into a one-day event, and now, the tournament has settled into the format we see today.

The registration fee for the maximum 10 member teams is always reasonable and all teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games. In addition to the thrills and camaraderie experienced by the participants, the event is also a whole lot of family fun for the spectators who cheer on their favourite teams. Along with the sporting activities, the event also includes an onsite beer garden during the day, as well as a cabaret during the evening to help celebrate the sporting accomplishments of the tournament.

This annual event represents an important “homecoming” for many, providing the opportunity for former residents to make the pilgrimage to Innisfail to meet up again up with friends and enjoy the excitement of the day’s activities. The dedication to this tournament is indeed impressive. Some teams, for example, have participated every year since the Spring Fever Tournament first started. “Maturity” is definitely not a barrier to success – case in point, the first year the tournament was held, the Innisfail Golden Eagles (+40 average age…) advanced all the way to the semi-finals.

Since the money being raised was being used to support kids, we added a kids division that has continued to grow and we now expect to see 20 kids teams participate and in doing so, help their own peers out. The kids and their parents have taken to this great and each year we see parents, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters and grandparents all come out to take in some hockey action!

Adult Event

The Adult Tournament will be taking place on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Innisfail Arena in Innisfail. We are excited to be celebrating our 25th year hosting this event!

Stay tuned for all the latest news on this event!

Sign up for the adult tournament here

And, once entered, you can pay with an email transfer.

Once registered, you can email your entry fee to [email protected]

 

Adult Tournament 2018 Draw

 

Adult Rules and Waiver Form

 

Kids Event

The Kids Tournament will be taking place on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at the Innisfail Arena.

Please ensure that your child knows that by playing in the tournament, they are helping raise money to give to families, individuals, or organizations that need our help within our community to participate in sports. Please take a moment to explain the importance of supporting your community and those in need so that he/she understands the meaning behind the tournament.

Stay tuned for all the latest news on this event!

Sign up for the kids’ tournament here

And, once entered, you can pay with an email transfer.

Once registered, you can email your entry fee to [email protected]

 

Kids Tournament Info

 

Kids Tournament 2018 Draw

 

Kids Tournament Rules

 

Kids Tournament Waiver

Cabaret
We will be having a special cabaret this year in celebration of our 25th event anniversary! The cabaret will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Innisfail Arena, and will feature performances from:
The Sour Patch Men: Featuring Bryce Willigar
Devin Cooper
and In/Vertigo
Come out and see these amazing performers, while supporting a local charity. Admission is $10, with the doors opening at 7:00 PM, and going all the way until 1:00 AM!