Crowds turn out for 49th annual Moccasin Hockey Tournament

By on February 14, 2018
Members of the Quilchena Braves hockey team in a match on Saturday afternoon. (Cole Wagner/Herald).


The 49th edition of the Moccasin Hockey Tournament in Merritt was a roaring success, with organizers already preparing for the tournament’s 50th anniversary next year.

Big Guy Lake topped the standings in the competitive division, prevailing in a close fought 2-1 match over Ashcroft in the final on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile in the Master’s division, it was Williams Lake LongHorn taking the title from the Kamloops 10K.

All the games contested during the three-day tournament were competitive, said organizer Dan Manuel.

“There were no blow-out games,” he said, adding that the tournament was never forced to use a mercy rule to stop any of the games early.

With the 49th edition in the books, Manuel said the organizing committee is looking to get a jump on next year’s event, hoping to mark the special anniversary with a rousing event at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

“We had lots of good support this year, and we are hoping to make it an even better, bigger event next year for the fiftieth annual,” said Manuel.

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