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Huskies host first tournament in almost two years


The sounds of young hockey players eager to hit the ice filled the Roy H. Johnston arena this past weekend as The Pas Huskie PeeWee U13 hosted the first tournament at the arena in almost two years.
According to The Pas Minor Hockey President, Chris Richardson, the tournament was a big success.
“We are always the first tournament in the north and it comes up on us fast. A lot of planning and organizing goes on to make it so great” Richardson commented.
Richardson noted that the tournament wouldn’t be possible without the business support and this weekend it was the Wescana Inn as tournament sponsor. In addition, Funky Threadz offered support with prizes and as a sponsor for the team socks.
This tournament including team building events that were sponsored by Northern Building who provided prizes.
“A thank you to Mayor Herb Jacques and MMF Vice President Judy Mayer for their words at opening ceremonies,” Richardson said.
Support for the event also came from the OCN Storm and Blizzard players who were on-site to take part in the event.
Richardson noted that without all of the parent volunteers, the music person, video person (the event was live streamed via Facebook Live for the first time ever) and the referees including Ernie Foster the referee mentor the event would not be possible.
The job of scheduling and tournament game sheets that hang on the arena wall were the job of Ron Larocque and Beth Whyte and were a key part of the event as well.
The list of volunteers was extensive and also included Savanna and Jade and as well as the coaches. M30 donated hockey sticks and volunteer Jolene Mayer ensured the raffle table prizes were plentiful.
Belinda Richardson was the friendly face that greeted fans and handled the organizing at the front.
“As people came in she made them feel welcome and aware of where everything was,” he said, adding “the concession was running for the tournament which kept fans and players feed all weekend. Often missed, but so appreciated was the rink staff and KRC who provided organizers with the ice and facility.”
“Overall, we had coaches and parents from all the different places comment on how well run and organized we were and that shows how the North still puts on the best Tournaments,” Richardson said.
“The tournament ran very smoothly and was a huge success. Seeing the kids smiles, spending time with their friends and cheering on teams from all over was the best part. Big thank you to all parents, volunteers, and sponsors for making this possible,” tournament chair Savanna Sayese added.
Tournament results are as follow:
Thompson King Miners AA - gold in the AA/A division. Dauphin Kings took the silver while the Huskies first team took bronze.