LEWISTON — The Twin Cities will host the sixth annual International Fire, Police & Military Winter Games this weekend, “The Maine Event, Battle on Ice,” a charity hockey game to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston.

Like last year, the tournament will be split between the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston and the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, with games scheduled at both arenas Friday and all games at the Colisee on Saturday and Sunday.

The three-day event will consist of two days of qualifying all competing teams for the title of gold, silver and bronze medals and trophies for Sunday’s championship games.

The tournament will begin at 7:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Auburn arena between Rochester Police Department and Lewiston Police Department in one rink and New York Police Department Detectives vs. the Maine Army National Guard in the second rink.

A dozen games will continue there through 2:40 p.m. Friday.

At the Colisee on Friday, play will begin at 6:50 a.m. with a game between Maine Fire and U.S. Marine Corps-East, with 10 games continuing through 6:20 p.m.

The Colisee will host another eight games Saturday, and three games Sunday morning before the championship games begin at 10:30 a.m.

Closing ceremonies will be held at 4 p.m. at the Colisee.

Last year, the Lewiston Police Department made it to the championship round, losing to Sanford police by one goal.

Lewiston won the event in 2011 and 2012.

Brenda Espinoza, executive director of the International Fire, Police & Military Winter Games based in Rumford, said in a written statement that the event is a major fundraiser for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. “I hope that, as a team, we can make a difference for the many children who are able to be treated there from around the world,” she said.

While the goal of the tournament is to raise money for charity and promote physical activity, Espinoza said it’s also an event that gives public safety personnel from across the country and Canada a chance to compete and socialize with others in their profession.

In addition to the game schedule, there are public parties scheduled at Gritty’s Brew Pub at 7 p.m. Thursday, at Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston starting at 6 p.m. Friday, and a lobsterfest at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the lobsterfest must be pre-purchased.

A post-dinner party will also be held at Pedro O’Hara’s on Saturday, with live entertainment.

Teams scheduled to play in the weekend tournament are: Old Colony (Mass.) Police & Fire Hockey Club, Connecticut Guns, Jersey City (N.J.) Police Department Enforcers, Maryland FOP 89ers, Brewster (Mass.) Ambulance, Louis County Police Department, Rochester (N.H.) Police Department, New York Police Department Detectives, Maine Fire, Maine Air National Guard, Fallon (Mass.) Ambulance, Westport (Conn.) Fire Department, Somerville (Mass.) Police Department, U.S. Marine Corps Hockey of California, Belchertown (Mass.) Fire Department, Sanford Police Department, Lewiston Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Firefighters Ice Hockey Club from Calgary, AB, U.S. Marine Corps-East, and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

Tickets for the tournament each day are $10, or $15 for a three-day ticket for all events. Special pricing is available for current military personnel, in uniform, at $5 per day. Tickets are available at the door.

For a full schedule of events, and more information about the tournament, go to: ifpwg.com


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