"Call them pros, call them mercenaries... but in fact they are just grown-up kids who have learned on the frozen creek or flooded corner lot that hockey is the greatest thrill of all."
~ Lester Patrick
As we move into our 7th year, the Liberty Bell Games, which are legendary for its unparalleled significance in youth hockey, proudly move to Ice World, a new facility in Middletown, New Jersey. Sponsored by Wendy's, the Liberty Bell Games will be held on June 5, 6 & 7, 2015. Please visit our Location & Accommodations tab for specific details and codes.
We are excited to announce the addition of a sixth team in 2015! Eligible players include those who play and/or live in the Atlantic District as well as the Washington DC metro area, Maryland, New York City and Long Island. It's important to read ALL of the details on the Application page for players with birth dates 98/99/00.
Hockey is more than a game, it teaches us the correct principles that will serve as a guide to use in life; respect for authority, camaraderie, confidence, a solid work ethic, patience, sharp communication, negotiating and listening skills and self esteem. NCAA statistics list ice hockey players as having a significantly higher graduation rate than student athletes in other similar team sports.
Selecting our 108 players is a challenging and time consuming task that we take seriously. Every application is individually reviewed and evaluated by our Administrators who follow stringent guidelines for player acceptance; therefore we strongly encourage you to submit your application early. We meticulously choose our players in an effort to accentuate player talent in competitive games. This blueprint has been the key factor to our success and that of our players.
We are very proud of what we have accomplished in six years! Thus far, ten Liberty Bell Games alumni have been picked in the NHL Entry Draft; in 2014, Anthony DeAngelo by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kevin LeBanc by the San Jose Sharks, J. J. Piccinich by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dwyer Tschantz and Chandler Yakimowicz by the St Louis Blues; in 2013, Eamon McAdam by the New York Islanders; in 2012, Anthony Stolarz by the Philadelphia Flyers and Nick Ebert by the Los Angeles Kings; and two alumni in 2011, John Gaudreau by the Calgary Flames and Troy Vance by the Dallas Stars. We are also honored to recognize John Gaudreau for being awarded the prestigious Hobey Baker award on April 12, 2014.
Sanctioned by USA Hockey and recognized as the premier showcase for elite youth hockey players in the Atlantic District, the Liberty Bell Games are renowned for attracting an unprecedented number of local and nationally-known scouts and coaches from the NHL, NCAA, OHL, USHL, USPHL, Prepatory Schools and other Independents who eagerly attend to observe our exceptional, highly-skilled potential prospects.
There are countless hockey tournaments and events, but what makes our showcase so distinctive? Our pledge and the primary objective of the Liberty Bell Games is to provide our players with a unique opportunity to be assessed and documented by our Attending Scouts and Coaches. In the last six years, nearly 50% of our players have been contacted and continued to be observed by our scouts and coaches.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of being a Liberty Bell Games Contributor or Supporter; or have general questions, please send us a note on our Contact page. With increased collaboration, we have a remarkable opportunity to cultivate and support the game of hockey while encouraging our youth to pursue playing at the highest levels.
Thank you for your continued support.
President & CEO