Wings pull plug on tournament

Richard Froese
South Peace News

An inaugural fundraising hockey tournament planned for March 20-22 in High Prairie has been scrapped over the coronvirus world-wide pandemic.

More that 20 teams were expected to compete in the inaugural High Prairie Red Wings Recreation Hockey Tournament.

“We are cancelling the tournament,” event co-ordinator Derek Prue says.

The new tournament was set as a fundraiser for the Red Wings, one of three northern Alberta teams playing in the first year of the West Division in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League.

“We already had several teams pull out last week concerned about the coronavirus,” says Prue, West Division expansion director.

“We hope to hold the tournament next year.”

Top prize money of $10,000 was set to be up for grabs for the Men’s Division champion and lower for the other divisions.

Before the pandemic was announced March 11, about 12 teams were confirmed for the Men’s Division and four to six teams were expected for the Women’s and Legends divisions.

Committed teams came from communities from all over Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Prue says.

Many teams included current and former players in the North Peace Hockey League and past players from the National Hockey League.

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