A street tourney in Port de Grave
Feb. 11 event to coincide with Hockey Day in Canada
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.