On March 16 and 17, players of all skill levels enjoyed an exciting weekend of para hockey at the North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex!

Players from all corners of the province and across the border made the trip to participate in the tournament. Representing Para Hockey programs in Surrey, Vancouver, Kelowna and Seattle, the athletes showcased their abilities in a skills competition to begin the weekend.  They earned points based on their results in Fastest Skater, Sharpest Shooter, Team Obstacle Course, and Five-shot Shootout. The winners of each competition in their skills division won prizes.

The players continued on to a spirited and exciting three-on-three tournament, starting with a three-team round-robin on Saturday afternoon, and continuing with a semifinal and final on Sunday morning. The three-on-three final came down to a shootout, with Team 1 coming out on top. In the last game of the weekend, two teams faced off for a full-ice five-on-five game. Team White rallied with three late third period goals before winning in sudden-death overtime, all with the coach encouraging them and fans cheering in the stands.

Words of encouragement were heard throughout the event as players cheered each other on, even as competitors, as they celebrated every success and attempt to show their skills.  Whether they were in a sled for the first time or had been playing para hockey for years, the players created an inclusive environment where everyone could grow at their own pace.  Their laughter and friendliness reflected the closeness of the para hockey community.

During the closing remarks, Executive Director Donna Cumming thanked the players, coaches, staff, volunteers, and supporters for putting together a successful event.  She also invited everyone to tell others about para hockey and encouraged more to join this tightly knit and growing community.  


Awards were handed out to recognize the players’ achievements.  Congratulations to the following award winners!

  • First-Goal Pucks: Royce Sloane, Clara Giesbrecht, Madison McKenzie, and Spencer Moore
  • Most improved player: Graham Thomson 
  • Most Valuable Player: Madison McKenzie


While the para hockey season is coming to a close, we already can’t wait for next season! If you’re interested in para hockey and want to learn more, head to our para hockey page or contact info@sportabilitybc.ca.

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