The annual Wildfire On Ice Hockey Tournament and Curling Bonspiel came to Walker the weekend of Jan. 13.
This was the event’s 12th year and the 10th straight hosted in Walker. The 2023 event raised over $29,000 to benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation!
The Wildfire On Ice event also raises funds for local benefactors, the Walker Area Community Center, Walker Curling Club and Walker Youth Hockey.
Over 200 firefighters and family members came for the event, the natural scenery, ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, and most of all — Walker's hospitality! Thank you to Walker for being a generous host to this event. Twelve years ago, the event started as a small pickup hockey game among wildland firefighters, a chance to get together in the winter off-season and share some camaraderie. The first two years the pickup hockey game was held in the Grand Rapids area with a small fundraising effort.