The Andover Hockey Association’s annual Heseltine Mite Tournament is held each Thanksgiving weekend. This tournament is the region’s premier ½-ice mite tournament and brings together teams of all abilities to compete in one of the oldest and most prestigious youth hockey events in the area. Games are played at Phillips Academy Ice Rinks - with a warm viewing room, full-service pro shop and numerous on-site amenities, including spacious locker rooms.
2021 Dates: Friday, November 26 - Sunday, November 28
Location: Phillips Academy Ice Rink, 254 South Main Street, Andover, MA
Entry Fee: $1000 per team; each team is also asked to bring a raffle item with $50 minimum value (raffles support AHA initiatives to make hockey more financially accessible in our community)
Additional Details Planned for 2021 Tournament:
24 teams in 3 divisions
Half-ice tournament (USA Hockey ADM and host rules govern tournament)
Multiple divisions (host will divide teams into divisions)
Teams will play a minimum of 4 hours of games; most teams will average 6
Tournament program available on site
Trophies provided to winning teams
Sunday-only development jamboree for Mite house league teams
A NOTE FROM THE HESELTINE FAMILY - Tournament History
Scott Heseltine started skating on the Smith Rink in Andover at the age of four and developed a passion for the sport of hockey. Through hard work, Scott developed into a fine skater. As he grew older, he progressed through the program and played at all levels, Mites through Midget. During this same period he also played on the town baseball and football teams. Scott’s life came to an abrupt end at the age of 18. Regrettably, in February 1982, a week after Scott was accepted to Villanova University, he and a close friend died in a car accident. Through this tournament, Scott’s memory and love for the game live on. Scott’s two brothers also played in this program and went on to play at the high school level. George went on to play at the college level. Their father George coached in the Andover Hockey Association for twenty-two years. The family has gained and learned a lot from the sport and the hopes that, through this tournament, each player will come away with a great memory and positive experience.