There’ll be three days of exciting, non-stop hockey action at the Drylands Arena in Ashcroft starting on the afternoon of March 4, when the Thompson-Cariboo Minor Hockey Association (TCMHA) hosts a three-day tournament featuring four Atom and four Midget teams.
The district championship games will see teams coming from Vernon, Kelowna, Logan Lake, Lumby, Lillooet, and Princeton. The Ashcroft Knights (Atoms) and Ashcroft Warriors (Midgets)will each play three games.
The playoffs start at 2:30pm on Friday, when the Knights play Logan Lake. The Knights play again at 8:30am and 5:30pm on Saturday. The Warriors play on Friday at 6:00pm against Lillooet, with more games on Saturday at noon and 8:00am on Sunday. The top two Atom teams play at noon on Sunday, with the Midget championship game following at 2:15.
A concession will run all weekend, as will draws for prizes and gift baskets. There will also be a 50/50 draw during each game. “All the proceeds go back to the TCMHA,” says President Lewis Kinvig. “It helps us purchase things we need, equipment-wise.”
He’s hoping to see a good turnout at the arena over the course of the weekend, to cheer the teams on. He also notes that events like this are good for the community. “We have six teams with as many as 20 players on each, and their families, coming to town. They all spend money in our area at hotels, restaurants, and stores.”
He adds that an Atom tournament that the TCMHA hosted in Ashcroft in January was very successful. “We had a lot of positive feedback from the tournament; a lot of the teams want to come back next year.”