Knights ready to host tourney

The local Knights of Columbus ‘AA’ PeeWee hockey team will get their chance to shine this weekend as their annual 12-team invitational tournament gets underway here tomorrow morning.
Other teams competing here include the Red Lake Rockets, Kenora Thistles, Ignace Sharks, Dryden Apollos, Atikokan Flyers, and six Thunder Bay teams (KC Sportop, Elks 12 AA, West End Bruins, Norwest Stars 12 AA, Norwest Stars 13 AA, and the Westfort Rangers 12 AA).
Teams will be divided into three pools of four, with the top two in each pool as well as two “wild card” teams advancing to the playoff round starting Saturday.
The bottom four teams also are guaranteed a fourth game Saturday.
The ‘B’ final is slated for noon Sunday, followed by the ‘A’ final at 2 p.m.
Knights head coach Tony Kadikoff said his team is looking forward to stronger competition this weekend, having only played a handful of them in earlier tournaments.
“I love that we get to play different teams—just to see where we stand,” he remarked.
Playing in their fifth tournament of the season, the Knights are coming off a heart-breaking shootout loss to the Apollos last week in the ‘B’ final of the Robin’s Donut Classic in Thunder Bay.
They had racked up two ‘A’ final wins and one ‘A’ final berth in their three prior tournaments in Keewatin, Dryden, and Baudette.
Kadikoff and his coaching staff—assistants Randy White and Blair Easton and trainer Bob Dobransky—have been pleasantly surprised with the team’s success so far.
“This team has exceeded my expectations. You expect to do well in one or two tournaments, but we’ve been playing really well,” he added. “I think things are going very well.”
Off the ice, parents will hold 50/50 draws twice on Friday and Saturday, and once on Sunday, as well as a penny table auction. Tickets for that will be available up until Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
“It’s been a busy week but everything is looking good,” said team manager and convener Bridget Dobransky. “[This tournament] always has a good turnout.”
Admission for adults is $6 for a day pass or $12 for a weekend pass, $5 (day) or $10 (weekend) for students, and $30 for a family package. Children 14 and under are free.
Opening ceremonies will be held tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Knights’ first game against Red Lake at the Ice for Kids Arena.