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Thunder Challenge remains important fundraiser
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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The 7th annual Thunder Challenge will be taking place Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Calgary Hitmen, the Kootenay Ice and the Lethbridge Hurricanes will give the Crowsnest Pass some great hockey.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Our national game is not a poor man’s game,

According to a 2012 Hockey Canada study that surveyed 1,300 people, the average family spent about $3,000 on minor hockey during the 2011-12 season.

This is why the Thunder Challenge is so important to the young hockey players of the Pass.

Rory Snider, Thunder Challenge Committee chairperson, said fundraising knocks about $200 a year off what it would cost to enrol a child in Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey (CPMH).

“If we didn’t have this fundraising event, that wouldn’t be possible,” said Snider.

The funds go to pay for referees, ice rentals, skills camps, equipment and other costs.

In addition, this could be a special year for CPMH.

For the past 11 years the community has been unable to field bantam or midget teams but that could change as community officials are making an effort to join the Spud Hockey League.

“If we have enough numbers there will be a bantam team,” said Snider.
It’s all the more reason to check out The Thunder Challenge. The three-team tournament featuring WHL favourites the Calgary Hitmen, Kootenay Ice and Lethbridge Hurricanes is CPMH’s main fundraising event of the year.

Instead of a weekend tournament, this year’s Thunder Challenge is being held this week from Thursday to Saturday, at the request of the WHL.

While WHL squads are solidifying their rosters, this is a good chance to see some NHL caliber talent on the ice at the Coleman Sportsplex.
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Past tournaments have featured players such as Sam Reinhart, a 19-year old from North Vancouver who played with the Kootenay Ice from 2010 to 2014. Reinhart helped Canada win gold at the IIHF World U18 Championships in 2013 and was selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

All of the Pass’ minor hockey families are selling tickets to the games. They cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Tickets can also be purchased at Servus Credit Union, Copy Magic, Chefs’ on 213 and the Esso in Coleman.

Progressive 50-50 tickets are also on sale. The winner is guaranteed to take home $2,000 but that figure could be high as $5,000 depending on ticket sales.

“A big thank you to our sponsors and to local minor hockey families,” said Snider. “Come on out and support these young players.”

Schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 17: Kootenay Ice versus Lethbridge Hurricanes
Friday, Sept. 18: Lethbridge Hurricanes versus Calgary Hitmen
Saturday, Sept. 19: Calgary Hitmen versus Kootenay Ice

All games start at 7 p.m. at the Coleman Sports Complex.
For more information contact Rory Snider at (403) 563-9009.
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