If you were a hockey buff you had to be at the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre the weekend of February 28 and March 1st. Tumbler Ridge hosted the Tumbler Ridge Raptors Atom Spirit of 2010 Hockey Tournament. Approximately 125 young participants, not to mention families and friends from throughout the region were in attendance.
Larry White, Spirit of BC Chair did the draw for the 2010 limited-edition jersey, which was followed by the ceremonial puck drop at center ice. There was a great concession stand for the hungry and raffle tickets for one of the best selections of prizes I have seen for a long time, including a Crosby NHL jersey. Monies raised go right back into the hockey that these kids love so much. I have to make note of all the volunteers that were there helping in anyway they could, residents, parents and even the grandparents out helping, well done again Tumbler Ridge.
These players were between nine and ten years old, boys and girls and they all played with the enthusiasm of a NHL professional at a Stanley Cup final game. This event was being played for fun and to celebrate amateur sport, physical activity and the spirit of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Spirit of 2010 Hockey Tournament is the largest of its kind in Canada with more than 50,000 young athletes taking part in 225 tournaments around B.C. The Spirit of 2010 Hockey Tournament is hosted by the Province of British Columbia, the Vancouver Canucks, B.C. Hockey and 2010 Legacies Now. With it?s partners, the Spirit of 2010 Hockey Tournament supports B.C. communities, amateur sport, youth and healthy lifestyle choices.
Every registered player receives a Spirit of 2010 hockey puck and a souvenir poster featuring Premier Gordon Campbell and three of the Vancouver Canucks. The tournament receives a Spirit of 2010 trophy, arena banner and one limited edition Spirit of 2010 jersey.