HELLO OUT THERE! THE ACTION IS ON THE ICE!
Hockey fever is spreading through Elk Point where the Midget D provincial tournament is being held this weekend.
If you’re out of touch with minor hockey but enjoy sports, there is sure to be all the pressure, passion, and drama you’d find at professional games. From March 23-26, A.G. Ross Arena in Elk Point will prove it is ‘the place to be.’ There’s a seat in the stands ready for you!
The players are revved up and ready to give their all – eight teams from across the province have proven their skill on the journey to Elk Point, but only one team will skate away with the coveted banner!
Join the fun! Head to the arena before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 for the opening ceremonies. All eight teams will be in attendance, so you can meet the Elk Point Avalanche players and size up the competition. Stay for the opening game between the Avalanche and Pincher Creek, cheer for our Avs, and, during the intermissions, meet your neighbours, because we’ll all be there supporting the teams.
Games actually begin on Thursday morning and continue all weekend, so pick up a tournament pass and get fired up. Prices for tickets or passes are available on the Midget D Provincials Hockey Alberta website. Check the website throughout the tournament for updates on scores and team standings.
A FREE pancake breakfast is being served Saturday morning from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the arena. Word has it that the concession will be offering a larger menu than burgers and fries for other meals.
Thanks to our generous community sponsors there are lots of big prizes to be won at the raffle tables. 50/50 tickets will also be sold, and as you know, the more you buy the better the prize!
Not sure about the Midget D designation? Midget players are aged 15 – 18. D means there are 65 or fewer players in the town’s minor hockey association. Basically, it means the teams are all from small communities.
No matter the outcome, the tournament will be bitter-sweet for the older players. Jena Colbourne, media contact for the tournament, notes, “Because these kids are midget age, some of them are going to be graduating high school and they are going to be done with their midget careers, so for many of these kids this is their last chance at the big game.”
Having participated in provincial hockey when my own son played, I know this will be a memorable time for the kids. GO AVS!