Firefighters hockey tourney

The 10th annual Firefighters hockey tournament begins Thursday on the outdoor rink at Apex Mountain.

There will be 22 teams from B.C., Washington and Oregon participating. Organizer Marc Tougas said the money raised will go to the British Columbia Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

“It’s exciting,” said Tougas of the four-day tournament. “It’s lots of fun and brings people to Apex. It’s a chance to play outdoor hockey. There are not a lot of places left where you can do that. It goes back to the grass roots of the game.”

Tougas said the tournament has become so popular among players that there is a waiting list to get in.

The finals begin Sunday at 9 a.m. for the C side. The women’s final is at 10, while the B and A championship games are at 11 a.m. and noon, respectively.

The 15th annual Shootout Hockey Tournament at Apex was a huge success again. Winners of the A men’s division were the almighty Molson Canadians from Penticton. The B men’s Division was split between the Shockers from Burnaby and the Guzzlers from the Vancouver area. The women’s division was won by the Ice-O-Topes from the Vancouver area.

There were 18 teams mostly from Vancouver and three from the Okanagan Valley. Proceeds will go to the Apex Freestyle team, the Apex Ski club and youth Minor Hockey players from the South Okanagan.


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