A street tourney in Port de Grave

Feb. 11 event to co­in­cide with Hockey Day in Canada

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Win­ter is not the usual time to see a game of street hockey be­ing played.

But, in Port de Grave on Feb. 11, Canada’s game moves from sta­di­ums out into the el­e­ments for the 3rd an­nual street hockey tour­na­ment in the com­mu­nity.

The games com­mence at 9 a.m. at the Pen­te­costal Church park­ing lot in Port de Grave.

Co­in­ci­dently, the event falls on the day when the coun­try cel­e­brates the fastest game on ice with Hockey Day in Canada.

Rus­sell Austin, youth pas­tor with the Port de Grave Pen­te­costal Taber­na­cle, is the mas­ter­mind be­hind the tour­na­ment.

“I started this event to pro­vide a fun day for youth in the CBN area and to help cel­e­brate Hockey Day in Canada,” he said.

The tour­na­ment is open to par­tic­i­pants from Grades 7-12. These will then be di­vided into two groups — ju­nior high (Grade 7-9) and se­nior high (Grade 1012).

Teams can be a max­i­mum of seven play­ers and the tour­na­ment fea­tures games of three-on­three, plus a goal­tender.

Austin said the tour­na­ment has grown each year.

“Last year, we had six teams and 53 play­ers,” he said. “This year we have had more in­ter­est than in pre­vi­ous years, and I’m ex­pect­ing more num­bers this year.”

The cost to reg­is­ter is $7 per player, and the win­ning team re­ceives Na­tional Hockey League jer­seys and medal­lions.

The dead­line to reg­is­ter is Thurs­day, Feb. 9.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms can be down­loaded from www.en­coun­tery­outh­min­istries.ca.

Forms are also avail­able at both As­cen­sion Col­le­giate and Amal­ga­mated Academy, and can be dropped off at the of­fice of each school or the Pen­te­costal Church.

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