Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup hockey next month

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS -

Twenty-five teams will chal­lenge for two ti­tles in the 13th an­nual Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup High School Hockey In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment, to be played in the metro St. John’s area Feb. 3-6.

Games will be played on the North­east Avalon Penin­sula, fea­tur­ing en­tries from Nova Sco­tia and all ar­eas of New­found­land and Labrador.

Cham­pi­onship schools will be pre­sented with a beau­ti­ful lo­cal print to com­mem­o­rate their win­ning of the cham­pi­onship, and their team name will be in­scribed on the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup Tro­phy.

Academy Canada will present spe­cial wrist­watches to the player judged to demon­strate top sports­man­ship on each team.

Tour­na­ment con­vener Char­lie Decker ex­plained “ Each team will play a min­i­mum of four games. First round re­sults will de­cide op­po­nents and sched­ule in the play­off round. The tour­na­ment for­mat has two di­vi­sions.

“ Play starts Thurs­day and Fri­day at 3 p. m. and will con­tinue into the evening, with morn­ing starts Satur­day and cham­pi­onship games will be played Sun­day. Times and lo­ca­tions for ti­tle games have yet to be de­cided.”

Decker noted pre­vi­ous tour­na­ments have been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful.

“Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup has an ex­cel­lent group of vol­un­teers, many of whom have been with it for years. They have played ma­jor roles in de­vel­op­ing this an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

“ The Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup’s great rep­u­ta­tion has re­sulted in the tour­na­ment be­ing held in high es­teem by high school teams and so many teams from within and from out­side the prov­ince wish to en­ter.”

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