Wikwemikong hosts road hockey tournament to raise funds for new rink

WIKWEMIKONG—Wikwemikong will be holding the first annual competitive road hockey tournament, the Wikwemikong Winter Classic 2013, during the Christmas holidays on Saturday, December 28 to Sunday, December 29 at Pontiac Public School.

“We wanted to organize something to help raise funds for a permanent road hockey rink in the community and also wanted to make a fun family event for the holidays,” explained event founder and organizer Lindy Kinoshameg. “In the long-term, we want to be able to fundraise to help assist families in need to purchase equipment for minor hockey as well.”

Mr. Kinoshameg lives in Toronto now, but grew up in Wikwemikong and has many fond memories playing road hockey, something he wants to support and encourage future generations to participate in.

“Chief and council are behind the tournament as is recreation and youth centre,” explained Mr. Kinoshameg of the support behind the event. “We have also gathered small donations and prizes from family, friends and the community.”

The tournament will start both days at 9 am, with the Island community encouraged to come out and show their support.

There will be two categories: family and 17 plus.

The family division is $30 per team for eight players, which must include a goalie and up to two adults and children aged 16 and younger.

In the 17 plus division, the cost is $50 per team of six players, including a goalie and team members over the age of 17.

Registration was held from December 5 to December 20, but late registration is still available until tomorrow, Tuesday, December 24 at noon.

For more information, to volunteer, donate, vendor information or to register, contact Mr. Kinoshameg at wikwemikongwinterclassic@gmail.com.

Robin Burridge