FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After an action-packed weekend, the 7th Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge wrapped up late Sunday night.
Even though the respective winners of the Crystal Cup, Coal Cup, and Sapphire Cup Divisions had already been determined by mid-day, the hockey action didn’t stop. At 1:30 pm, the Sid Davis Memorial Youth Pond Hockey Challenge was just getting underway.
The Youth Challenge featured an incredible 42 teams of athletes age 5-18. The teams ranged in size from four to eight players, but many were registered with full rosters of eight players. The hockey action ran until 8:30 pm following the conclusion of the gold medal games.
While the hockey action was underway, the rest of the event was buzzing with numerous events. The kids’ tent was a hot spot of activities from 11am-3pm including face painting, colouring contests, snow painting and tobogganing.
As well numerous kids’ challenges and events including hardest shot challenges, relays, timed obstacle courses and free skates all featured fantastic prizes.
Additionally, on location was NHL Alumni Steve Passmore signing autographs and lending a helping hand with the kids’ events. Passmore, who played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks could be seen given pointers to up and coming athletes during the kids’ activities.
After the conclusion of the gold medal games late Sunday night, it was announced that a portion of the registration fees from the Sid Davis Memorial Youth Pond Hockey Challenge would be donated to the Sid Davis Hockey Scholarship Fund. It was also announced that $2,000 would be donated to the Darren Ofterbro Memorial Bursary Fund set up at North Peace Secondary School for graduates entering any Canadian Trade.
Sapphire Cup: Bar Mat Brews
Coal Cup: Rapid Relics
Crystal Cup: Ace Instrument Aceholes
Pre-Novice/Novice: Pond Crushers
Atom: Ugly Pucklings
Pee-Wee: Dusty Depot
Bantam/Midget: Sid’s Kids
The full list of results can be accessed at http://www.thecrystalcup.ca/.