Hockey Night in Canada Play On! 4-on-4 brings energy to MacDonald Island
A Canadian rite of passage took over C.A. Knight Way last weekend as MacDonald Island Park hosted Hockey Night in Canada Play On! 4-on-4: The official Canadian Street Hockey Tournament.
75 teams in 12 divisions participated in the two-day event under the sunshine at MacDonald Island, as registration increased by over 20% from 2011. The winning teams were as follows:
· Tidbits: Fort Mac Danglers
· Dekers: Bardown
· Jukers (male): The Wiggle Warriors
· Jukers (female): Cutting Edge
· Danglers: Dangle, Snipe & Celie
· Snipers: Wolfpack
· Enforcers: Team Noah Brown
· Contenders (co-ed): The Alberta Mighty
· Contenders (male): Fort Mac Attack
· All-Stars: Beerly Tryin’
· Elite: Labrador Rock; runners-up Double Fist Pumps
The Labrador Rock and the Double Fist Pumps will advance to play for the Redwood Cup, the National Street Hockey Championships, from September 27-29, 2012.
RBC Play Hockey was title partner for the event, while Play On! was also supported by Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray, Mix 103.7 FM, Aluma Systems, Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital, UPS, Boston Pizza, Ketek Group and Northern Amerex.
“We’re delighted to support this exciting community event,” said Jamie Clinch, RBC Royal Bank Wood Buffalo Marketplace Manager. “People of all ages took part and it was truly a special weekend at MacDonald Island – thank you to the organizers, volunteers, parents and players that made it possible.”
Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park, added that Play On! is an excellent example of the ‘Big Spirit’ of the Wood Buffalo community. “It takes a diverse team to bring Play On! together. Thank you to RBC Play Hockey, co-chairs Colin Hartigan and Darcie Downey from Coldwell Banker and to all of the staff and volunteers that contributed to an event that demonstrates very clearly our community values.”
Play On! was highlighted by a Celebrity Game on Saturday, as Team Hayley Wickenheiser defeated Team Bobbi-Jo Slusar, 8-5. Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake acted as honorary referee, while the Honourable Don Scott, MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin and Mike Allen, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo took part in the contest.