This Delburne player races to get the puck out of their defending zone as a Bentley Canuck reacts to the loose puck along the boards late in the third period of this novice ‘A’ final.

Tournament of Champions continues to grow

Annual youth hockey event has added new female divisions

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.

Championship finals

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.

 

It looks like a big fire drill and a bit of chaos, however this is what happens when the whistle blows for a line change in novice hockey now as witnessed in this game between Bentley and Delburne.

A Bentley Canuck player reaches for the puck in an attempt to slide past the Delburne defender late in the novice ‘A’ final.

This Okotoks defender looks to clear the puck from a danger zone in front of the net as a Rocky Mountain House player tries to reach for it in this atom girls ‘A’ final game.

The puck squirts free from this pile of players surrounding the Okotoks net during this atom girls ‘A’ final contest against Rocky Mountain House.

The Okotoks goaltender watches helplessly as the puck slides into the net, put away by the Rocky Mountain House player on a breakaway in the opening period of this atom girls ‘A’ final.

A Rocky Mountain House player looks to be surrounded around centre ice by Okotoks players in this atom girls ‘A’ final.

Players from Wetaskiwin and the Calgary Inferno go after the puck during action in the third period of their atom girls ‘A’ final

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