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The Lehigh Valley Winter Classic is an all-day, outdoor hockey festival held each year at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink since 2014.


The event’s hosts, the Lehigh Valley Whalers hockey club, will face off along with seventeen other local hockey teams throughout the day, all of which help raise money for the event. In addition to a great day of outdoor hockey, there will be a huge basket raffle featuring hundreds of goods and services donated by local families and businesses, Winter Classic merchandise and food for sale, music, and a lot of fun. 100% of the proceeds from the event go to Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley.

The Lehigh Valley Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley.  The event includes full regulation hockey games, merchandise to purchase, a huge gift basket raffle section, silent auctions, food stand, and special appearances from professional hockey alumni.


Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley gives children and adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, and other cognitive challenges, the chance to learn and play ice hockey in an inclusive and supportive environment.  The team continues to grow with more players and a network of dedicated coaches and volunteers that help make it all possible.  


The Classic will kick off with the first game at 8:00 am at Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink - 345 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  Games will be played throughout the day and into the evening.  Our Facebook page will have all of the event details: facebook.com/LVWinterClassic/

In 2019, we were happy to announce the return of 2 Philadelphia Flyers Alumni, Bill Clement and Riley Cote!  These amazing alumni served as the team bench coaches for each of the special hockey teams.  Clement and Cote signed autographs and took photos with the fans before the two headlining games.


ALL proceeds are donated directly to the SHLV Polar Bears team.  Event is free to attend and donations can be made at the door or on our website. 


Please come out to support this amazing local cause by cheering on the teams, purchasing refreshments, event merchandise and tickets for the expansive raffle table, including a wide variety of Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms memorabilia and game tickets.  


See you outside!

The Faces of the Lehigh Valley Winter Classic

From left to right: Cain Bochter (Marketing), Tim Arnold (Sponsorships), Adam Bortz (Founder, Director), Justin Gombert (Operations), Joseph Guellnitz (Founder of Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley), Mark Gallagher (Finance, Entertainment), Blake Strobl (Catering)

Ambassadors (Philadelphia Flyers Alumni): Riley Cote, Bill Clement

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