I created Puck & Grind as a celebration of bravery.
As a hockey player, there’s a moment of anxiety before I step onto the ice. Will I perform at my best? Will I do my team proud? Will I make an ass out of myself? As a burlesque performer, I feel the same thing right before I step onto the stage. The important thing, though, is that I don't let it stop me. Once I've made my way into the blue paint or into the spotlight, all that matters is that moment of triumph.
I believe everyone should be able to experience that moment.
Because of that belief, I'm turning the two things I love into a fundraiser for You Can Play, a national project trying to make the world of sports a safer and more inclusive environment for the LGBT community. My goal is to facilitate more of those special, celebratory moments for gay athletes and their straight allies, and spread You Can Play’s message of acceptance and respect.
For me, burlesque is all about inclusiveness, empowerment, and creativity. You stand on a stage and take complete control of your performance, your body and the story you want to tell. It takes bravery (and maybe a little grit) to do that--just as much bravery as it takes to stand in the crease during OT in the playoffs. It takes courage to be who you are, doing what you love to do, in a locker room environment that may not be welcoming. I’ve made a commitment to lend my support to You Can Play, in their mission to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing, not on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but on an athlete’s talent, desire and spirit.
That very spirit is why I love hockey and burlesque so much. I hope Puck & Grind helps create awareness, spreads the idea of inclusiveness, and unites two communities of strong, badass people towards a common goal.
Let’s raise the cup together,
Puck & Grind Commissioner/Producer
July 23rd is the day!
We hit the ice at noon, at Johnny's IceHouse West for a 3v3 hockey tournament, featuring four co-ed teams of mixed skill level. All players will register as free agents, so come prepared to make some new friends, and some great memories! Throughout the 4 game tourney, we’ll have live music from the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, as well as food, drinks, and good times. The cost to register as a player is $75, which will include 2 games, a jersey, and a raffle ticket. More importantly, the proceeds from your entry fee will go directly to You Can Play. Player registration will open on June 1st, and close as soon as we're full!
Because glitter isn’t allowed on the ice, we’ll be moving the Puck & Grind Cup celebration to Lincoln Tap Room once the winners are crowned! Starting at 8:00pm, we will be hosting our burlesque show which will feature some of Chicago's finest ecdysiasts before. The show is FREE, but for $40 you can purchase a wristband good for 4 hours of unlimited well drinks (again, proceeds to You Can Play). We'll also be hosting a raffle filled with awesome hockey and burlesque prizes!
Why are we doing all this? Aside from celebrating some badass hockey players and burlesque performers we're raising money for You Can Play, a non-profit organization working to help make sports a safe and inclusive space for LGBT athletes.
The Puck & Grind Tournament
The Puck & Grind Tournament
Registration to become a player starts June 1st.
The puck drops at noon July 23rd!
Check-in will start at 11:00AM - please arrive early to pick up your jersey and meet your new teammates!
All teams will be co-ed and of mixed skill level. Each of the 4 teams will consist of 10 players: 9 skaters and one goalie. All players must register online as free agents - please accurately describe your skill level and experience so that we can assemble four evenly matched teams. Players may request to be paired with one other player, and we'll do our best to accommodate these requests.
Please thoroughly review the full rules before your first game! Puck & Grind is about making sure all players, regardless of experience, have a good time. Our goal is for every game to be fast-paced, competitive, and fun. Registry stars June 1st right here on this site, so be sure and sign-up before the spots are filled!
The tournament is on studio size ice.
All players must sign a release form prior to hitting the ice.
This is a non‐checking tournament.
Games will consist of two (2) 25-minute running time periods.
Offsides is the center red line.
Each period will begin with a Pond Hockey style face-off (three clicks of the sticks and the game begins).
Each team will play with 3 skaters on the ice and 1 goalie.
One referee per game. The referee will be off ice and will call penalties, offsides, and keep track of the score.
Shifts will be limited to one (1) minute. A buzzer will signify when players must change.
Only players who are registered may play. There are no subs allowed.
Penalty calls will result in a penalty shot, with the clock stopping. The shot must be taken from center ice, with remaining players lining up on the rear goal line. When the whistle sounds for the penalty shot to begin, all players become “live” and pursuit of the puck can begin by trailing players, and the clock will resume. If a goal is scored, the referee will signal a face-off at center ice. If the puck is saved and frozen, the referee will signal where to face-off. If the puck is saved but in play, then play will commence.
Any player amassing 4 penalties in one game will be ejected and reviewed for possible further action.
Penalty/suspensions will be enforced. A major penalty will result in ejection for the current game. Gross misconduct will result in expulsion.
A player may be ejected by the referee and given a “Game Ejection” penalty without receiving a suspension.
Pucks that are shot out of play, but land back in play will be considered “live” and no whistle will be blown. Play will continue.
No slap shots. No shots where the stick is raised above the waist.
Goals may only be scored in the offensive zone. No shots are allowed from a team’s defensive zone.
When the goalie freezes the puck, the opposing team must move out of the zone and let that goalie’s team bring the puck out.
There are no icing calls.
OFF SIDE RULE: No player may receive a pass in the offensive zone from a player in his/her defensive zone. In other words, no two‐zone passes will be permitted. If a play is ruled offside by the referee the offending team must give up the puck and retreat back to their own zone.
Teams will not change ends at the half but defend the same goal for both periods.
In the event of a tie, a sudden death non‐timed period will take place.
Rules are subject to change at any time.
The Puck & Grind Burlesque Show
The Puck & Grind Burlesque Show
The rhinestones hit the stage at 8pm!
We have over a dozen acts covering a wide range of burlesque styles, featuring a few hockey-themed acts in honor of our tourney. Upon arrival at the Lincoln Tap Room, You can purchase a $40 wristband that will get you 4 hours of all-you-can-drink. We will also be selling raffle tickets, with which you can win any number of awesome hockey and burlesque prizes. $5 a ticket or 5 for $20. Money raised from the raffle and wristbands will go to You Can Play.
You Can Play works to insure the safety and inclusion of all in sports - including LGBT athletes, coaches and fans.
You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.
The Tournament is located at Johnny's IceHouse West
Address: 2550 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 243-4441
The show is located at Lincoln Tap Room
Address: 3010 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 868-0060