A tournament that was big to begin with has expanded with the addition of two all-girls divisions.
The 23rd edition of the Tournament of Champions ran last weekend at locations across central Alberta, including using both ice surfaces at the Ponoka Cultural and Recreation Complex.
This year, alongside the 64 atom and 64 novice teams the event normally hosts, the tournament added a six-team novice girls division plus 12 atom girls teams.
It was the first time the tournament has put in place separated divisions for all-girls teams and was deemed a huge success.
Novice — Okotoks 8-1 over Edmonton Millwoods; Calgary NE Braves 9-6 over Thorsby; Sylvan Lake 5-4 over Millet; Red Deer 8-4 over Eckville; Holden 9-0 over Mayerthorpe; Evansburg Pembina Pirates 7-2 over Sherwood Park; Delburne 10-9 over Bentley.
Novice girls — Sherwood Park Fuzion 8-2 over St. Albert
Atom — Thorsby 9-1 over Hanna; Red Deer 10-2 over High Prairie; Blackfoot Chiefs 3-2 in overtime over Grande Prairie; Canmore 4-3 over Provost; Drayton Valley 7-3 over Athabasca; Mayerthorpe 3-2 over Edmonton Knights of Columbus; Calgary Bow Valley 6-4 over Edmonton St. Matthews; Grande Prairie Bonnet Wireline 6-6 over Grande Prairie Athletics; Lethbridge 3-1 over Airdrie;
Atom girls — Calgary Inferno over Wetaskiwin; results unavailable for Rocky Mountain House versus Okotoks and Calgary Flames versus Fort Saskatchewan.