This Ponoka player can’t quite find the handle on the puck in tight on the Old goaltender during play Jan. 11. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Tournament part of Rec Hockey’s plan of fun

For the first time, the Ponoka Rec Hockey Association (PRHA) hosted a tournament, and it was deemed a big success.

Three local teams in the 8 to 10 year-old category were joined Jan. 10 and 11 by clubs from Olds, Didsbury, Rimbey, Sylvan Lake and Rocky Mountain House.

Patrick Lentz, coach for one of the Ponoka teams and a PRHA board director, felt the event went extremely well.

“For our first crack at hosting a tournament, it was well received and a huge success. There were lots of smiles and stories to tell,” he said.

“It was a lot of fun and could not have been any better. I hope we have a chance to do it again next year.”

The other two coaches, Jay Kroetsch and Rodney Flewelling, agreed with those sentiments while also acknowledging the tournament would not have been possible without the hard work of the parents and all of the other volunteers.

Lentz added the PRHA board felt now was a good opportunity to hold a tournament, with the board working since the summer to secure the facility.

“We have many different age groups and with our eight to 10 year-old group being our largest, a tournament committee was formed including parents, coaches and board members to make the day a reality,” he said.

“As well, the coaches decided to invite teams that we would not usually play against. All eight teams got three games over the Friday and Saturday.

“We consider this, our first tournament, as a total success. The amount of vehicles in the parking lot alone illustrated the support of the event. There were many first goals, some great match-ups and a lot of effort. No matter what the score, there were smiles all around, which is really what it’s all about.”

In addition, Lentz stated the arena staff were amazing and that it was great to have several PRHA players from the older age groups be able to officiate the games.

“Ponoka Rec Hockey may have had a reputation for being non-competitive but the excitement in the crowd and on the ice this weekend would make you think otherwise. Having fun is our number one rule, but players this weekend were enjoying the encouraging atmosphere and many games were extremely exciting to watch,” Lentz added.

The tournament also was a fundraiser for the PRHA , and the money raised will support year-end events, equipment, ice time and maintaining low registration fees.

“As an organization and a board, we believe that every kid should have the opportunity to play hockey. So we work with groups like KidSport to provide things like goalie equipment to kids that can’t afford it or want to try it and host events like this,” Lentz said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

(L-R) Ponoka’s Grayson Meyers, Lucus Bowie, Caleb Schumaker and Grayson Jorgenson battle for the loose puck in their own zone Jan. 11. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

All five Ponoka players - Wade Van Blyderveen, Ty Mitchell, Maguire Caddy, Blake Van Blyderveen and Dylan Gartner- work at protecting their next during action Jan. 11 against Rocky Mountain House. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

(L-R) Logan Zimmer, Ty Mitchell, Wade Van Blyderveen and Gavin Mclaren manage to take the puck away from the sprawling Rocky Mountain House player in their game Jan. 11. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Just Posted

UPDATED: Photos of the teachers, youth centre staff parade

Honks, signs, waves lift students April 8

Alberta predicting 400 to 6,600 deaths from COVID-19 in months to come

Alberta predicting 400 to 6,600 deaths from COVID-19 in months to come

Alberta RCMP have reported being threatened with COVID-19

Some members of the public are threatening RCMP by claiming to have COVID-19 and coughing on them.

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

A message from the publisher

Consider a voluntary subscription to Ponoka News

Armed Forces reports 20 military suicides last year, largest number since 2014

Armed Forces reports 20 military suicides last year, largest number since 2014

‘Little to do with COVID:’ Landowners, law experts criticize well cleanup bill

‘Little to do with COVID:’ Landowners, law experts criticize well cleanup bill

First troops return from Ukraine, in quarantine at Ontario military base

First troops return from Ukraine, in quarantine at Ontario military base

Man charged after licking product in store as part of ‘COVID Challenge:’ police

Man charged after licking product in store as part of ‘COVID Challenge:’ police

Business generally supports changes to wage subsidy rules unveiled by Trudeau

Business generally supports changes to wage subsidy rules unveiled by Trudeau

More COVID-19 aid, PPE needed for First Nations and Metis, leaders say

More COVID-19 aid, PPE needed for First Nations and Metis, leaders say

Calgary woman who died of COVID-19 was expecting 2020 to be best year: husband

Calgary woman who died of COVID-19 was expecting 2020 to be best year: husband

Most Read