The Hemmingford Sports Committee (HSC) is busy organizing the second annual Winter Classic hockey tournament to benefit the development of sports programs within the municipality. Teams are expected to face off on February 17.
Last year’s inaugural tournament was a huge success, and the HSC is hoping it can bring the same level of fun and intensity to the rink for this edition. “It is a return to the roots of what hockey was,” says HSC’s Devon Watt, who, along with organizing the tournament, will be on the ice as a player and between games as a referee.
Along with some exciting hockey, the day-long event will feature an onice obstacle course with junior and adult categories that will take place between noon and 1 p.m., as well as a puck throw and a centre ice shot activity. Spectators will also be able to warm up by an outdoor fireplace while enjoying food, drinks, and taffy on snow.
The tournament is open to players of all levels over the age of 16. Watt says that because the rink is run by the municipality, it is accessible and open to everyone. She explains this is consistent with the HSC’s mission to include as many community members as possible in their activities.
Watt points out the HSC was founded by volunteers with a passion for sport who believe in the positive impact participating in sports can have on a community. She suggests there are plans in the works to organize more activities in the coming months.
In the meantime, Watt says the tournament will take place whatever the weather, unless there is no ice. She is hoping for a return to seasonal temperatures and a smooth playing surface, but just in case, they have scheduled February 24 as an alternate date for the tournament.
Registration for this event is now open. Those interested in registering a team can contact the HSC by email at email@example.com. (SR)