FORT ST. JOHN, BC – The weather could not have been anymore excellent for the second day of the 7th Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge this Saturday.
Over forty teams took to the ice under the clear skies to compete in their respective divisions; Crystal Cup, Coal Cup and Sapphire Cup. The ten massive ice surfaces were packed full of action all day long.
On top of the hockey, the day was jam-packed full of events aimed at the kids. Running from 11am-3pm, the day featured kids’ activities including skills events like a hardest shot challenge, timed obstacle courses, relays and more. As well, there was a toboggan hill, free skate rentals, and fire pit to keep everyone warm.
Event organizer, Neil Evans, was most proud of the increase in kids’ activities this year.
“The hockey will always be the hockey, and it’s awesome, but we are trying to make Crystal Cup into more of a family event.”
Previously, the Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge had been a strictly 19+ event but with the addition of the Sid Davis Memorial Tournament for youth age 5-18 that rule changed.
The Sid Davis Memorial Tournament will kick off on Sunday at 1:30pm-9pm. The tournament currently has an impressive 42 teams registered to take place. The teams range in size from four to eight players, but many teams are registered with full rosters of eight players.
As well, the 1st annual Crystal Cup Northland Trailblazers Poker Run took place on Saturday and began at 11 am.
The third and final day of the 7th Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge will take place on Sunday, February 25th. The hockey semi-finals and finals will kick off 10 am as well the registration for the kids’ event will be running from 10am-11am.
Between 11am-3pm, the kids’ events will take place with the potential to win prizes as well NHL Alumni Steve Passmore will be on location.
The final game for the primary division of the tournament; the Crystal Cup, will take place at noon.
All information regarding the 7th Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge can be accessed at http://www.thecrystalcup.ca/.