Girls hockey tournament draws thousands to Benson Centre

Shawna O'Neill
Girls hockey tournament draws thousands to Benson Centre
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CORNWALL, Ontario – The halls of the Benson Centre were packed between Nov. 9 and 11, during the 35th annual girls house league tournament. 

According to Bill Allan, tournament organizer, the event expected to draw 900 to 1,000 players along with their families. With 56 teams entered, girls between the ages of 6 and 18, from Eastern Ontario, the U.S. and Western Quebec, were showcasing their talents this weekend.

“We have novice, atom, peewee, bantam and midget teams (here),” said Allan. “Within our Cornwall girls hockey, we have approximately 380 girls that play hockey and within that we have 12 teams…at house level.”

“About two weeks ago we had a competitive tournament for our teams as well…with teams from all over, really,” he added.

Allan recognized that this annual tournament is a great opportunity to bring aspiring players together to have fun and build comradery with.

“It’s a great bonding thing for the girls themselves,” said Allan. “You see them walking around in the hallway, having fun. It’s great for sport.”

To find out more about minor girls hockey in Cornwall, search Cornwall Girls Hockey Association on the web and Facebook. 

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