By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 27, 2023 at 9:02 AM

Ten local hockey teams will do battle this weekend as the Center Street Hosers' Mid-Winter Classic pond hockey tourney returns to Center Street Park, 6420 W. Clarke St., on Saturday, Jan. 28.

This weekend's event will mark the sixth time the event has taken place since it debuted in 2017 in the community ice rink in the park, which straddles the border of Milwaukee's Enderis Park and Wauwatosa's East Tosa neighborhoods, between Center and Clarke, 64th and 65th Streets.

The Admirals' Jon Greenberg drops the puck at a previous tourney. (PHOTO: Center Street Hosers)

Proceeds from the tournament will directly support the two rinks set up and maintained each year by the Friends of Center Street Park.

The all-day tournament will have dozens of amateur hockey players competing in a "classic pond hockey format."

Hosers! (PHOTO: Center Street Hosers)

The winner gets to take home the Hoser Cup, which organizers describe as, "a vintage, mid-century hockey trophy, with a storied past in Eastern Europe, that’s been given new life through this tournament."

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Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.