Tuesday, September 15, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“If the machine doesn’t run, the ski hill doesn’t open.”
- Dave Morrison  
- Powderkeg Ski Hill Manager 

 

 
It felt like the old days when the wolves howled in the building and the bleachers were packed with maroon and yellow jerseys. No, it wasn’t a step back in time to the good old days of the Timberwolves, but none the less, it was good old fashioned high calibre hockey.
On the weekend of September 5 through 7, Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey hosted Kootenay Ice, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Calgary Hitmen at their ‘barn’ in Coleman.
Rick Yanco, Director of Communications for Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey stated, “Over 2000 tickets were sold throughout the weekend and the crowds were packed with both old timers and babies all celebrating the great Canadian game”.
This event is a major fundraiser for minor hockey. “It took hundred of hours of volunteer work to pull off this event,” said Yanco. “We not only had hockey parent volunteers and executive members, but also several members of our community volunteered for this worthwhile event.”
The organization ran two food concession areas, a liquor concession, 50/50 draws for all the games, a raffle table, a silent auction table and a wine and cheese evening for sponsors.
As a way of generating revenue the club canvassed businesses, both locally and throughout Canada for donations, monetary and in the form of items for the auction table. “The businesses supported both within and outside the community was amazing. “Because of their generosity the weekend was a huge success,” stated Yanco.
Some of the big ticket items included a jersey and hockey stick signed by six Sutter brothers along with two Calgary Flames verses Vancouver Canucks game. The Calgary Hitmen donated the use of a ‘super suite’ for thirty-four people at a game. There was a signed jersey donated by Chris Versteeg, a former Lethbridge Hurricane player and runner up for Rookie of the Year.
 
Our own local hockey hero and NHL player Rick Rypien donated prizes, sponsored game periods and attended all three games in support of the program.
Ryan Ohashi, Communication and Events Coordinator for the Lethbridge Hurricanes said, “It was nice to just get there and play hockey”. He said that the Hurricanes are always trying to branch out and support communities with a minor hockey program and venues like this are perfect. “We’ve gone to other markets and it seems these small community groups work the best because people buy into the organization and the event. It’s a fact of life in the Western Hockey League that you travel a lot. Logistically, it was great to play somewhere so close.” Ohashi said, “Our fan base is not only the Lethbridge area, but also from the rural towns in southern Alberta. It was nice to recognize these fans by playing in their town.”
Ohashi said there were really no glitches as far as the Hurricane organization is concerned. “The whole weekend was very professional. As this was the beginning of the season, it was nice to have something set up for us, and we just show up and play”.
Watching the games were scouts from the Alberta Hockey League (AJHL), the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL).
Final numbers raised from the weekend are not in yet, however, even if the organization didn’t make a lot of money, “it sure provided this community with high calibre hockey for everyone,” said Yanco.
Minor hockey in the Pass is starting up and registration numbers are up. If you are interested in playing hockey, check out Minor Hockey’s new website at crowsnestpassminorhockey.com and download your registration form. Information about the organization is updated daily and you too can be a part the Canada’s greatest game.
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