Skills challenge coming to town

Press Release

The Source for Sports Canadian Hockey Skills Challenge is taking place in more than 60 markets across Canada this year, which gives youngsters from towns and cities large and small the opportunity to compete against one another for more than $20,000 in prizes.
Fort Frances’ competition, presented by CCM, is set for Thursday, March 26 from 6-9 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre, and is open to boys aged nine-15 and girls aged nine-16.
Registration is $25, and must be done in advance at or at Taggs Source For Sports here. The fee includes a free skate sharpening and T-shirt commemorating the competition.
A portion of the proceeds will go to “Shoot For A Cure,” the registered Canadian charity with a mandate to prevent and find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
There will be both recreational and competition divisions for each age group on the boys’ side while girls will be grouped into two-year age divisions (ages nine-10. 11-12, 13-14, and 15-16).
“We’ve modeled the event after the professional skills challenge, but created ours as a grassroots event for players of all skill levels,” John McTaggart, of Taggs Source For Sports here, said in a release.
The event will test players in hardest shot, fastest skater, and accuracy shooting—much like is done at the annual NHL skills competition in conjunction with the all-star game.
Scores will be posted online at after each localized event, and the winners will be decided once all the competitions have submitted their score.
No national championship will be organized this year, but the top three finishers nation-wide in each age and skill division will win prizes for their efforts, as will the top players in each of the three individual skills categories (hardest shot, fastest skater, and accuracy shooting).
Players born from 1993-99, who reside in Fort Frances and surrounding communities, are invited to register and see how their skills stack up against thousands of players from across Canada.