A winter staple in South Stormont has a new home.
The South Stormont Pond Hockey tournament will be played in the bay opposite the Long Sault Marina and Restaurant this year.
Aundrey Dante-Hickman, the woman helping to spearhead the tourney and South Stormont Winter Carnival, said there are some changes to this year's edition of the popular shinny contest, which takes place Feb. 2.
The biggest would be the number of teams in the contest - it's dropped to 12 from 18.
"I had eight last year for my own hockey tournament, and they had 18 for their's," she said in an interview, adding a happy medium was struck.
It costs $5 per player, per game, to play in the tourney.
Proceeds from the tournament and the associated winter carnival will benefit the Long Sault Fire Department.
The carnival will include activities such as log sawing, hay bale throwing, nail hammering and kids games running alongside the hockey tourney.
The township approached Dante-Hickman in early December about helping to organize the events.
The hockey tourney previously took place on the shores of Farran Park in Ingleside.
The park is now under the authority of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, which gave its blessing to allow the tournament, but added it would not be providing assistance - financial or otherwise - which added some logistical headaches for organizers.
Dante-Hickman was more than happy to help fill the void.
"I just never lived in a town that didn't have some kind of a winter festival," she said. Dante-Hickman is spending her second winter in Long Sault, after moving here from British Columbia. "This town has been so supportive."
For more information on the carnival and pond hockey tournment, contact Dante-Hickman at 613-534-2113.