About Tournament

Player Information

Rules To Participate

  • • To be eligible to play you must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • • Only eligible players will be listed on the game sheet at the time of play.
  • • In order to be eligible to play and attend the VIP Draft Party, individuals must meet their minimum fundraising goal.
  • - Teams must meet their Team Sponsorship requirement of $10,000
  • - Individual players must meet their minimum fundraising goal of $1,000 per player.
  • • Teams must be comprised of a minimum/maximum of 14 players.

Tournament Format & Rules

  • • Each team is guaranteed to play three games.
  • • All games will consist of three 13-minute run-time periods.
  • • All teams must be ready to play at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled time.
  • • If opposing teams have matching sweaters, the VISITING team must change.
  • • Standard non-contact rules apply.
  • • Only approved equipment is allowed
  • • All players must sign the game sheet prior to start of each game.
  • • Fighting will result in an immediate and automatic tournament ejection.
  • • Persistent lack of control exhibited by a team will result in ejection of the team from the tournament.
  • • Organizers reserve the right to assign individual players to teams, as appropriate, and increase or reduce the number of teams at their sole discretion.
  • • All tournament rules and regulations are subject to change, and any decisions made by organizers are final. Other conditions may apply.

Team Captain’s Guide

Support dallas stars foundation through your love of hockey!

Welcome to our annual Stars Big Heart Celebrity Challenge —an innovative, two-day hockey experience allowing amateur hockey players the opportunity to play with and against legendary NHL alumni.

Champion your team’s fundraising efforts

As a team captain, you can help your teammates get the most out of their Stars Big Heart Celebrity Challenge experience. You can directly influence the success of your tournament by ensuring your teammates fundraise online.

Captain’s Checklist

  • • Register your team online at www.starsbigheart.com
  • • Secure your Team Sponsor and $10,000 team sponsor pledge to the Dallas Stars Foundation.
  • • Set your team fundraising goal (14 players, $1000 minimum to raise for each player)
  • • Get your players to register online to be part of your team and set their personal fundraising goal (14 players, $1,000 minimum to be raised by each player).
  • • Walk each team member through the fundraising process
  • • Continually check in with your teammates to make sure their fundraising is going well

What your team members need to know

By 14-days prior to the event, teams must have secured a Team Sponsor and $10,000 team sponsor pledge to the Dallas Stars Foundation. By 7-days prior to the event, teams players must have met the minimum fundraising commitment of $1,000 in order to be eligible to play and attend the exclusive Draft Night. Players who do not reach the minimum will not be eligible to play and forfeit all pledges to Dallas Stars Foundation

Player’s Guide and FAQs

How to raise funds online

Online fundraising is fast, easy and secure. When you register online, you will be provided with a personalized fundraising web page and user-friendly tools. In just a few minutes, you can email friends, family, and co-workers to ask for support.

Your sponsors will instantly receive an electronic tax receipt via email for their pledges. Playing with a hockey legend is a great motivator. In addition, the Top Fundraiser from each team will have the privilege of playing in the All-Star Game against the NHL Alumni Team!

Here’s how it works:
  • 1. Ask your team captain if your team is registered online. Your personal fundraising page is created and linked to your team page.
  • 2. Log in with your email and customize your personal fundraising page.
  • 3. Using the email templates is a fast and easy way to get the support of friends, family and co-workers. Adding a personal message to the recipient will help yield greater results.
  • 4. Visit your page regularly to track your progress in real time. Encourage your team to set up their own personal fundraising efforts.
See our Donation Tips page for more ideas!


It is encouraged that all players and teams begin fundraising efforts as soon as they sign up to avoid the last-minute crunch and to maximize your fundraising potential.

Teams must meet their Team Sponsorship requirement of $10,000 to be eligible to play. Each player is required to raise a minimum of $1,000 to be eligible to play. All money raised will go towards your team’s total. Your draft pick is determined by your team’s total fundraising amount, so the more you raise, the better your pick!

Pledges are collected through our online donor portal on our website, starsbigheart.com.

A game schedule, will be available via HockeyShift on starsbigheart.com. No changes to the tournament schedule or locker room assignments will be accepted.

Tournament rules can be found on the website under “Tournament Format”. Each team plays three (3) games followed by the All-Star Game between the top fundraisers and NHL Alumni.

A total of 16 teams, consisting of a minimum/maximum of 14 players