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Battle at Boxwood

2015 Tournament


Event: 6th Annual Battle at Boxwood

What: competitive fly fishing ONLY for trout (rainbow, brown, cutthrout, cutbow and brook) averaging 16"-22" and up to 30" on 3 miles of private water on the north branch of the South Platte River

Why: to support the charitable organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, which benefits recovering wounded US military veterans across North America.

When: July 16, 2016

Where: Boxwood Gulch Ranch, Shawnee CO (50 miles SW of DT Denver)

Cost: team sponsorship fee of $2500 includes one person to a full day of guided trout fishing, beverages, dinner/snacks and a complete St. Croix Rod fly-fishing outfit, plus Sponsor provided signage if desired. 

Format: 1 day competition comprising of 10 four-man teams (each includes a professional guide, sponsor, sports or entertainment celebrity and two recovering wounded veterans) 3 teams are determined by the team's total length of trout landed and get trophies/bragging rights!

Sponsorships available:
  • Event: $15,000 (2 available)
  • Dinner: $3000 
  • Team: $2500 (1 available)
  • Beat Sponsorship: $500 (10 available)

Event will be taped for television

To download a .pdf sign up sheet click here.

Steve Payne
Event Director
(952) 356-5078

    • Scott Parker (1998-08) ~ Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks
    • Tom Chorske (1989-2001) ~ Montreal Canadiens, NJ Devils, Ottawa Senators, NY Islanders, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins
    • Brad Smith (1978-present) ~ Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche(current Director of Player Personel)
    • Tate Cunningham ~ drummer for the rock band, SafetySuit
    • Shjon Podein (1990-06) ~ Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues
    • Reed Doughty (2006-13) ~ Washington Redskins 
    • Greg Smith (1975-88) ~California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons, MN North Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Washington
    • Mark Cooper (1983-89) ~ Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Craig Billington (1985-present) ~ Colorado Avalanche (current Assistant GM), NJ Devils, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins
    • Jake Grove (2004-2010) ~ Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins 

Embracing our Troops: Project Healing Waters and The Battle at Boxwood

Battle at Boxwood 2014

Battle at Boxwood 2013

Battle at Boxwood 2012

Battle at Boxwood 2011

I'm Steve Payne, a business executive and retired NHL player that spent 10 years with the MN North Stars (now the Dallas Stars). Supporting our military is very important to me, so I spend a lot of time doing so. With help from some generous, caring friends, I created the Battle at Boxwood event now in it's third year. The event supports the wonderful organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), by raising money and getting recovering wounded warriors on the water for a day of trout fishing with sports celebrities from the NHL, NFL and MLB. It takes place each August at the Boxwood Gulch Ranch in Shawnee, CO, which is owned/operated by Dan & Karen Mauritz.
Steve Payne
Event Director
(952) 356-5078


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Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

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