Who could have imagined when the first Western Cup of Pond Hockey tournament began in Logan Lake in 2006 that it would be such a success? Since then it has only grown bigger and better.
All systems are a go with a record number of 31 teams competing, including the defending champions the Oronge Beernuts, from Kamloops, who will be joined by another 10 teams in the competitive division and 20 in the recreational category.
Due to the larger than expected number of teams, games will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday instead of noon with the Skills Competition (Fastest Skate, Hardest Shot, Most Accurate Shot and more) scheduled immediately after the games conclude for the day.
The 2011 Grad Class will be operating the concession and the Beer Garden will open at 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday with safe transportation being provided by Citizens on Patrol.
On Saturday, Jan. 15, beginning at 8 a.m., the seniors will be hosting their traditional Pancake Breakfast at the Centre so take advantage of the warmth of their food, coffee and hospitality.
Incredible support has come from businesses who have made donations including: Independent Restorations, Bishop’s Plumbing and Heating, Hardy Equipment, Highland Valley Foods and from Kamloops – Players Bench Sports, Dolson’s Source for Sports, and Oronge Board Shop.
Groups supplying labour or services include Search and Rescue, Citizens on Patrol, Highland Valley Copper – Teck, Drillwell, Rocky Mountain Rangers (who have supplied the tents) and the Grad Class of 2011.
Special mention goes to the ATV’ers who have, since the beginning of December, been diligent with the preparation, care and upkeep of the ice surface. The main members of the team include: Brian Clarke, Dennis Saarela, Brian Corrigal, Julian Cocking, Harold Pennoyer, and Jim Hippisley with welcomed assistance coming from: John Wilson, Garry Griffin, Lorne Hendrickson, Ray Town, Bill Firth, Ralph Newell and Fred Green.
Pond Cup President, Dave Prentice says, “The ice looks great and the long range weather forecast is favourable.”
Now all the tournament needs is people to come out and support this unique, incredible sporting event.