The Hockey For Life Classic is becoming one of the state's best holiday hockey tournaments.

The third annual event is set for Dec. 26-28 at Dakotah Ice Center in Prior Lake with many of the state's top programs in the field, including Edina, Eden Prairie, St. Thomas Academy and Moorhead.

Prior Lake is also in the field and the Lakers' three opponents will be Chaska, Totino Grace and Lakeville North, respectively.

The concept of Hockey For Life focuses on the role of hockey as a character-building platform and as a tool for sharpening skills that translate to success both on and off the ice.

Edina beat Eden Prairie for the state title last year, while St. Thomas Academy was fourth at state and Moorhead was also a state participant. 

For more on the Youth Hockey Hub, go to www.youthhockeyhub.com.

For more on the Prior Lake boys hockey program, go to https://plhsboyshockey.com.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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