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"(The Thunder Challenge) is a chance for kids to see some of the future stars of the WHL, and even the NHL"
- Rory Snider  


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Constable Jesse Morrison is the newest addition to the Crowsnest Pass RCMP, transferring from Fort Chipewyan, and replacing Constable Lorne Gopp, who has transferred to Pincher Creek.
The annual Thunder Challenge returns this September for the third year in a row, featuring a three-day three-team tournament between WHL favourites the Calgary Hitmen, Kootenay Ice and Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The action kicks off with a game between the Ice and the Hurricanes on Friday, September 16th, followed by the Hurricanes vs. the Hitmen on Saturday, September 17th, and a final game between the Hitmen and the Ice on Sunday, September 18th, all taking place at the Crowsnest Sports Complex in Coleman.
According to Thunder Challenge Committee Chair Rory Snider, all proceeds from the sale of tickets will go toward Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey.
“This is minor hockey’s biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Snider.
The event was started in 2009 as a one-time major fundraiser for minor hockey, but has been brought back each year since due to its overwhelming popularity and interest from WHL teams.
“Ever since the Timberwolves left, things have slid off a bit when it comes to hockey in the community,” said Snider.
“We came up with the concept to generate a hockey tournament that would get people excited and benefit minor hockey, and we’ve had such positive feedback from fans - as well as teams wanting to get involved - that we keep bringing it back.”
Snider said between 800 and 1,000 people attend every year, and he expects this year to be no different.
“The kids always really look forward to it,” he said. “It’s a chance for the kids to see some of the future stars of the WHL, and even the NHL.”

Snider attributes much of the success of the event to members of the community coming out to see it, the teams who want to be involved, and the strong team of people who have organized it for the past three years.
“We’ve had the right people running it and a lot of success, and it is a good fit for us.”
He said he expects the tournament to continue as an annual event for many years to come, as minor hockey has received correspondence from several other WHL teams who would like to participate.
He noted that the Red Deer Rebels and teams from Saskatchewan have voiced their desire to get involved, and there has also been discussion with the Medicine Hat Tigers about playing in next year’s tournament.
“We’re going to keep going after it until there are no teams left who want to play,” Snider laughed. “I foresee it continuing for quite some time.”
Tickets for the tournament are available for $10 each, and can be purchased from Chad Petrone by calling 403-563-0111.
Tickets for the Progressive 50/50 draw are also available for $10 each.
The jackpot is currently sitting at $3,500 and you could win as much as $10,000.
For more information, email Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey.
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