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Memorial Hockey Tournament Comes to Harmon Park

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The rink at Harmon Park will host the SG3 Cup Outdoor Hockey Tournament on Saturday, February 5. The tournament is hosted by the SG3 Foundation, a nonprofit founded in the memory of Sam Gottfredsen, a local hockey player killed in a car accident in 2017. The tournament proceeds will support scholarships for hockey camps and junior hockey programs.

The Tournament

The four-on-four outdoor tournament will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 5 at the Harmon Park ice rink. The championship game will start at 5 p.m. The event will include a heated tent with food and beverages for sale, raffle prizes, bonfires, cornhole, and more, with an after party at Tapper’s Pub. Players and teams can register to play online.

This is the organization’s first tournament since successful events in 2018 and 2019. Events in 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to COVID-19, prompting this year’s return to roots at an outdoor rink. The SG3 Foundation is also hoping to hold their first annual golf tournament later this year.

Sam Gottfredsen, #3, captain of the Warriors. The SG3 Foundation is named for Sam’s initials and his jersey number. (Photo courtesy of the SG3 Foundation)

In Memory of Sam Gottfredsen

Sam Gottfredsen grew up playing hockey at Harmon Park and with the Sibley Area Youth Hockey Association (now the West St. Paul Hockey Association). He also played for the Henry Sibley High School Warriors (now known as Two Rivers High School) and served as captain his senior year.

During college at St. Thomas, Gottfredsen began coaching youth hockey in West St. Paul. Shortly before he died, Gottfredsen said he dreamed of paying for hockey camp for families who couldn’t afford it.

“I longed for a way to memorialize Sam, a way to establish something for him to be remembered,” his mother, Angela Dzik, told the St. Paul Voice. “That’s when I decided to start the SG3 Foundation, a nonprofit that would give back to what Sam loved most.”

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