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2nd Annual Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships set to return to Rossland

Rossland, BC has once again been selected to host the Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships, a sanctioned qualifier for Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships in 2010. The tournament will take place from January 15-17th.

 

Players’ who want to experience this one-of-a-kind event that takes you back to playing on backyard rinks and frozen ponds, are encouraged to act quickly. There are openings for just 72 teams on a first registered, first served basis.

Passion for the game is essentially the only criteria to register, that and a minimum age restriction of 19 for men, and 19 for women. Players must quickly organize their teams of four to six, and then to register at www.bcpondhockey.com for a chance to participate in the 2010 event. At stake is a chance to play in what's sure to be one of the highlights of Western Canada's winter sports scene. The men's and women's champions receive entry into the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships in 2011.

The Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships will be contested over three amazing days of outdoor hockey action and festivities. Three rinks will be built within three blocks of the City’s historic downtown core, great restaurants and vibrant music scene, with dramatic views of Red Mountain in the background.

 

"Whether you're reconnecting with your old pals or existing team mates, this is a chance to experience hockey the way it began," says Neil Lumsden, President of the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships. "People of all skill levels and from all walks of life will lace it up to play the game exactly the way our hockey forefathers did."

The Canadian Nationals in Muskoka has experienced incredible growth, becoming the largest event of its kind in the world after only three years. The equivalent of two-thirds of the entire NHL season is played out in a single weekend, and all in the open air. Tournament organizers believe Rossland, BC offers all the required ingredients to elevate the Western Regional’s to a similar stature.

For more information on the Western Regional’s, including rules and format, how to register, travel information and the full schedule of events, visit www.bcpondhockey.com. Event inquiries and requests for interviews can be directed to John Reed e johnreed@telus.net p (250) 368 1136.