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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Girls Silver Stick Tourney Begins

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Weekend games feature young girls but also CWHL game and Sportsnet.

Saugeen Shores Council wear hockey jerseys to help promote the Silver Stick tournament this weekend. (photo by John Divinski) 

The annual International Girls Silver Stick, Caitlyn Cobean Memorial Tournament started Friday and continues all weekend in Saugeen Shores.

Tournament Director Kerri Hardman says all six divisions are full with young girls ready to play some hockey and they'll have a national audience as well.

Hardman says Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be in Saugeen Shores to share the weekend with the rest of Canada on Saturday, February 6th.

Three time Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Botterill will be joining the weekend tournament on Saturday with segments televised by Sportsnet.

Hardman says at 4 PM on Saturday at the Plex, the Canadian Women's Hockey League will stage a game between the Toronto Furies and the Boston Blades.

The Canadian Women's Hockey League is considered the premier, professionally run women's hockey league in the world.  

Hardman says earlier on Saturday, around 11:30 AM, members of the Furies team will be on hand to go through some skills and drills competitions at the Plex.

To kick things off on Friday, it was sweater day in Saugeen Shores and everyone was invited to wear their favourite hockey sweater.

Saugeen Shores council members did just that recently at their regular meeting on January 25th.

Hardman says they expect some 2,000 people to be in town for the silver stick hockey tournament which could create an economic impact in the town of over $800,000.

The tournament will highlight girls hockey in six divisions:  Midget C, Bantam B, Bantam C, Pee Wee C, Atom C, and Novice C.

Games will be played at the Plex in Port Elgin and the Coliseum in Southampton.

 

 

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