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Recreational Tournament Wrap-up

June 03, 2016

Calgary- Alberta Minor Roller Hockey’s annual recreation tournament moved to Calgary this year and took the city by storm.   Over 500 people, 25 teams, and a horde of volunteers took over 3 rinks in Calgary.

Teams of players from age 6 – 18 fought tight games, and endured run away games.  The competition for the top spots was fierce!  In the end 72 hours of roller hockey was played and there were winners and losers, but what mattered more than the scores were the teams that played better than they ever had before, the teams that really became teams and not just 10 people who meet once or twice a week to chase a puck around, and the friendships that were formed that will last a lifetime!

Highlights from the weekend included the U 17 final – that saw the undefeated Didsbury Renegades win silver in a tightly contested game against Edmonton’s Team United.  Then there was the unexpected Grizzly match that saw the Calgary Grizzlies edge out the Edmonton Grizzlies for the right to be called the Alberta Grizzlies and take home the Griz himself.

Organizer Ted Zystra commented “Bringing the tournament to Calgary was a great experience.  We saw a new level of competition at the Rec Tournament and certainly have raised the profile of Roller Hockey in the greater Calgary area.”  When asked if the tournament would return to Calgary, Mr. Zystra remarked- “ Well it is certainly possible, Calgary Roller Hockey has been great to work with, but now that we have taken the tournament on the road I wouldn’t discount the possibility of taking it to new markets such as Grande Prairie and Lethbridge too.  I guess you will just have to wait until next year to know for sure.”

Certainly the 2016 Rec Tournament will be one that will be remembered for quite some time. Below is a list of where teams placed

 

U8

Gold - Moose Jaw

Silver- Calgary

Bronze- Didsbury

 

U10

Gold - Moose Jaw

Silver - Calgary

Bronze- Didsbury

Copper- Edmonton

 

U12

Gold- Angry Snipers

Silver - Moose Jaw

Bronze - Red Deer Gunners

Copper - Didsbury 

 

U14

Gold - Didsbury

Silver - Moose Jaw

Bronze - Edmonton Mustangs

 

U17

Gold - Team United

Silver - Didsbury

Bronze - Calgary Grizzlies

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