Puck & Grind 3-on-3 Charity Hockey Tournament

Puck & Grind 3-on-3 Charity Hockey Tournament

On Saturday, November 21, hockey and burlesque will team up for charity. Puck & Grind is an upcoming event that will start the day with a 3-on-3 hockey tournament at Johnny's Ice House that is open to all skill levels -- including new players like us. Later on, the event will continue at the Lincoln Tap Room, with a Blackhawks watch party. Before and after the 'Hawks game, and during intermissions, there will be burlesque performances. This unlikely duo of hockey and burlesque will benefit the You Can Play Project, whose mission is to make locker rooms safe spaces for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation.

Puck & Grind is organized by Ali Lawrence, a local burlesque performer. She's also a classmate of mine from hockey lessons, and someone I played against in the Chicago Outdoor Hockey League. Ali wanted to use both of her passions -- hockey and burlesque -- to help raise money for and spread the You Can Play Project's message of acceptance and respect.

A $55 donation gets you two hour-long 3-on-3 games, a special "Puck & Grind" jersey and a raffle ticket. Considering that most leagues charge $20 to $25 for a game, and you'll easily pay $15 for a jersey, $55 seems like a pretty sweet deal. Plus, the money goes to charity. Teams will be mixed skill level, with good and not-so-good players being evenly divided.

The tournament starts at noon on Saturday, November 21, and will be held at Johnny's Ice House (2550 W. Madison St. in Chicago). The Blackhawks watch party and burlesque show starts at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Tap Room (3010 N. Lincoln Ave.).

For more information, or to register, visit the website PuckAndGrind.com.

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