NAIOP Winter Classic Events: Playing for a Cause

Submitted by James Mansfield and Murray Platt, Winter Classic Hockey Co-Chairs


NAIOP’s Winter Classic Hockey and Curling events are unlike any other in the wide range of annual NAIOP events.  While the Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge and Fight Night garner the headlines and bright lights, the Winter Classic is an inspirational event that tugs at one’s heartstrings like no other.  To understand the Winter Classic, you have to look deeper to see the mission and spirit of these unique events.


The Winter Classic Hockey and Curling are the only NAIOP events in which 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity.  Over the past eight years, NAIOP’s Winter Classic Hockey and Curling have raised in excess of $160,000 for Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. These unique and compelling events have forged a special bond with our Cup Sponsor, Majestic Realty and in particular, with Randall Hertel, Executive Vice President of Majestic who matches every dollar raised.  The foundation now is in excess of $2 Million-dollars.  


This year’s 8th Annual Winter Classic kicked off with the Curling Challenge on March 24, 2022 at the Denver Curling Club with 14 teams competing for the prized Majestic Cup.  For anyone that has been captivated by the USA’s 2018 Olympic gold medal team, and believes “heck, I could do that”, this annual event is a chance to don a curling sweater, show off your skills and talk like you are from Bemidji, Minnesota.  You-betcha. 


Teams from Prime West and Crosslands Companies beat out Brinkmann Constructors, Cushman & Wakefield and Confluent Development at this year’s “DodgeBall”, the movie themed event. Majestic Realty’s “Purple Cobras” team was named the best-dressed for their purple spandex attire. Over 90 attendees enjoyed a fun afternoon complete with taco truck, adult beverages and music provided by Alcorn Construction and Centennial Realty Advisors. A special thank you to all of our team sponsors for their participation.  


The Winter Classic Hockey Showcase is held in the heat of August and there are no scouts at this showcase, only has-beens, never-weres and wannabes…and every year it’s a sell-out.  Teams are at-large so if you haven’t put on the skates since your glory days, sign up and we will find you a spot on the fourth line.  Eight teams, each play a one-game, winner-take-all championship for a chance to drink from the Majestic Cup.  The jerseys are a surprise each year as the rotation has settled on Beer League theme.  We have found hockey players are not only loyal to their hometown teams, they are just as passionate to the memory of dad’s Schlitz, Hamm’s or Old Style, worn on their crest of the jersey.  


As cool as it is to face-off against your broker, developer or title rep, the best part of the Winter Classic is being a part of the Mission.  Last year, Jack, a six-year-old, skated with his dad and scored a five-hole game winner.  He was hugged by his dad and high fived by the boys.  It wasn’t until the post-game celly that Jack was introduced.  Two years earlier, Jack was diagnosed with cancer, faced treatment, and never gave up.  Thanks to the doctors, nurses and foundation at Children’s Hospital, he now plays mite hockey, skates like the wind and hangs with his pals.  The dreams of childhood are alive and well with NAIOP’s Winter Classic.     


In addition to the Winter Classic Hockey and Curling events, the NAIOP Colorado Developing Leaders (DLs) will host their Annual Winter Classic Skiing with the Icons on the slopes of A-Basin on April 7, 2022. The Skiing event proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Diabled - a world leader in creating and providing adaptive outdoor recreation experiences. Please consider grabbing your gear and joining the DLs for a one of a kind business networking event and skiing and snowboarding experience. Click here for more details or to register.