Girls’ hockey tourney underway here

The Fort Frances Girls’/Wom-en’s Minor Hockey Association is expecting its biggest turnout yet for its fourth-annual tournament, which kicked off Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Some 20 teams are competing in the Novice, Atom, PeeWee, 18-under, and ladies’/senior divisions at the Ice for Kids and ’52 Canadians arenas this weekend, with the finals slated Sunday.
“It’s been a tournament that’s been very successful over the years. We’ve even had to turn eight teams away,” said association president Tim Fowler, who also is coach of the local D&A Construction Bantam team.
Other local teams taking part include the Pollard Scarifiers (Novice), who won their division last year, Skates and Blades (Atom), Pinewood Blades (PeeWee), and Doug Kitowski Trucking (ladies’/senior).
Fowler said with four teams in the five divisions, no one will go home empty-handed.
“There’s a trophy for each winner and runner-up in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ flights [in each division],” he explained. “Every team will come home with a trophy. The emphasis is on having fun.”
This weekend is the centerpiece of the local association, which has expanded by an age division every year.
“We have a new PeeWee team this year. We’re recruiting girls in every age group,” Fowler said.
A skills competition also will be held Saturday at noon. Four teams, consisting of two skaters and one goalie, from every age category will go head to head in a goalie-on-the-net push, an obstacle relay, and a breakaway shootout.
Numerous penny table auction prizes up for grabs include a CD burner, a pair of gold earrings, and a paid week at the Allison brothers’ hockey camp here this summer.
Admission for adults is $4 a day or $8 for a weekend pass, while seniors can make any donation. Children under 12 are free.