We have successfully wrapped up the second annual Dictator Cup. Congratulations to the Praetorian Kierkegaard for battling it out coming out victorious! Thank you to ALL who participated, sponsored, volunteered, donated, helped me in any shape or form, and spectated. This tournament couldn’t be run without the generosity of you all!
Drum roll please…. Together we have raised a whopping $2,600! This will be donated to the Make-a-Wish foundation, Broomball Central (for all the wonderful work they have done for the Broomball community), and Safe Hands Rescue!
I am in the middle of creating a Facebook Page so please post up photos, gifs, comments, and whatever else relating to the event. Also mark your calendars for next year’s event which will be June 26th & 27th 2020.
Few shout outs to our top Sponsors & Individual Donors:
*Midway Driving School (Serving Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, & Rochester) – Find Tony Ryan on the ice and thank him for his generous donation year after year!!
*Arctic Heating & Air – Find Robert “Stan” Ebertz on the ice and thank him for the Family Ice year after year!
*Ducky Screen Printing – Find Daniel Lipkin on the ice and thank him for the donation of our awesome T-shirts, and the brainchild of our tournament’s super cool logo!
*Blue Ox – Find Jim Cox & Renda Baird on the ice and thank them for the amazing game balls!
*1st Wok Chinese Restaurant (Bloomington) – My Parent’s restaurant which help donate some of the food that was provided at the tourney!
*Instant Replay (Located in Bloomington) – Thank Andy & Katie for their generous donations of the volunteer prizes.
*Broomball Central – Thank you Justus Foss and all the other volunteers who helped stream our games live!
$100 & $200 + Donors:
Grant Dawson Joe Mc Ardle Ted & Kelly Osterbauer
Mike Lyga Paul Gorman Jason Forde
Jacob Broten Daniel Smallidge Amy Stech & Ryan Wartman
Tony Ryan (Special shout out to Tony who won the charity Dice game prize of $500 and donated the prize right back to our charities!)
The Road to victory Recap: (Credit to Kirk Knutson, the Captain of the victorious)
The Praetorian Kierkegaard played all five teams en route to claiming the second annual Dictator’s Cup. The Gaard got off to a slow start in pool play, dropping their first game 2-0 to Mike’s Marauders, giving the Marauders an arguable claim to the title of People’s Champion.
The Gaard stepped it up in their next pool play game, besting last year’s winner The Guillotines by a score of 5-2. Paving the way to victory was a hat trick from Dane Bremer, whose jetliner-sized fuel tank was on display all weekend.
In a first-to-worst scenario, defending champion The Guillotines would go on to lose The Dumpster Championship, ‘beheading’ captain Guillaume Paugum off of next year’s draft table and onto the draft board.
With the number two seed in Pool A, The Gaard started the knockout round with a 6-2 victory over 3rd-seeded Barrie’s Inferno. Next up was the formidable Genghis Kahn’s Army, the fearsome opponent marshalled by The Dictator herself (aka Sheila Cheng). Khan’s Army controlled the battlefield, but the stalwart and agile Mike Miller repeatedly shut the door with a number of brilliant saves. Late in the game, tournament MVP Justus Foss went five hole on the power play, and Miller’s shutout allowed The Gaard to hang on for a 1-0 victory and advance to the Championship game.
Advancing through the other end of the bracket were the hard-shooting Average Joes, who won the other semifinal game when ALL CAPS Tommy Mac scored from center ice off the overtime-starting faceoff. The Gaard jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but The Average Joes turned the tables with a momentum-shifting goal and took a 3-2 lead early in the second period. Foss delivered some late game heroics with both a game-tying goal and the game winner, leading The Gaard to a back-and-forth 4-3 victory and the title.
Joe McArdle (Captain of The Average Joes) has his own recap of the game, which can be read on the Facebook Page as well!
Please reach out for suggestions on improvements, comments, whatever else regarding the tournament.
Thank you all again for everything!
The Dictator (Aka Sheila Cheng) 612-251-0933/[email protected]