Community urged to support hockey provincials

The Bantam C hockey provincials will be held in Rimbey next month and organizers are working hard to make sure it is a tournament

The Bantam C hockey provincials will be held in Rimbey next month and organizers are working hard to make sure it is a tournament that will be remembered.

“Our motto is go big or go home,” said Stacey Johnson, team manager and chairman of the host committee.

A total of eight teams will participate in the tournament to be held March 13 to 16.

“We as the Bantam team are proud and excited,” Johnson said. “It promises to be very good hockey with the top team at that level from each zone in Alberta competing.”

Opening ceremonies will be held Friday beginning at 6 p.m. with Mayor Rick Pankiw as master of ceremonies. During the ceremonies, each team will march into the arena and a lightshow will be part of the exciting scenario.

Medals will be handed out after the final game, Sunday.

Johnson said volunteers are very much needed. Anyone who wants to help out can leave their name and contact information at a sign up book set up at the arena concession.

Donations are also still needed for the raffle table and any business that wishes to contribute may contact Stacey at 403-704-5899.

We would like to see the community come together to help us make this the best event ever, an event where positive lifelong memories are made.

Mayor Rick Pankiw said organizers are hoping businesses will get into the spirit of the tournament and decorate their premises and wear hockey jerseys.

I think it’s a great opportunity for the town of Rimbey to showcase itself. Provincials are prestigious and there is a lot of hard work involved in hosting such a tournament.”

Pankiw said he commends minor hockey and especially the Bantam Renegades for taking on that task.

The Rimbey Bantam Cs are sitting first in their Tier with 16 wins, four losses and two ties.