The 19th annual Pines OAM Alumni Hockey Tournament will be this Saturday, July 6, at the Eagle River Sports Arena starting at 9 a.m.

The one-day event benefits local youth skaters and helps maintain the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) and Northland Pines boys and girls hockey teams — continuing the “Tradition on Ice.” The tournament is named in memory of Orin A. Mangseth, a former Pines boys hockey coach and longtime supporter of the program. Mangseth led the Eagles to their first boys State Hockey Championship in 1984.

The tournament is played in the Cube, with a 3-on-3 half-ice format. The registration fee is $50 per player and an alumni gift will be included in the registration this year. Games will be played throughout the day and food and refreshments will be available, according to David Cox, one of the organizers of the event.

“We are really looking forward to getting back on the ice and seeing our alumni return home again this year,” said Cox. “We started this tournament almost two decades ago, thinking it would last three or four years, and here we are on our 19th year and still raising money for Pines hockey and the ERRA.”

Cox said players and families return for the tournament each year, bringing the Northland Pines hockey family together for a day of playing the game they love, exchanging stories about the past and returning to Eagle River during the Fourth of July holiday.

Michelle Rubo, another alumni tourney organizer, said this year’s funds will go toward the ERRA for rink repairs. The ERRA is currently involved in a $700,000 capital campaign to replace the cooling system in the floor of the Dome. Over the past 18 years, the alumni tournament proceeds have included:

• $41,000 to the ERRA, including $3,000 for a new scoreboard.

• $20,000 to the ERRA to pay off a loan necessary to finish the Northland Pines boys and youth locker rooms.

• $1,500 to the Pines boys hockey team.

• $1,500 to the Pines girls hockey team.

• $1,600 to the Vilas Food Pantry.

“The original goal was to benefit the ERRA, which we have done and hope to continue to do,” said Rubo. “The new locker room was a big project ($350,000). Many businesses and individuals made very generous donations of time, materials and money. The OAM paid off a $20,000 loan that was needed to finish off the proj­ect.

“A big thank you to all who have played, or helped in any way to make this fundraiser a success,” said Rubo.

For more information about the tournament, contact Tom “OB” Obrodovich at tomob1515­ or pinesalumnihockey@g­