It Takes a Village of Volunteers to Host a Hockey Tournament
Hosting a three-day hockey tournament featuring 700 players from 46 teams is a monumental task. But that’s no problem for the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, thanks to great organization and a group of dedicated parents and volunteers.
Echo Lee and her 10-member committee took over Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks for the 11th Annual Female Hockey Remembrance Day Tournament November 11 to 13. “It’s a ton of work,” declared Lee during a chat on the first
day of the tournament. “It takes a village, it takes a whole association,” to host the event, she said.
Seen as a kick-off to the hockey season, the tournament is for Novice, Atom and Peewee, Bantam and Midget “C” teams from around B.C. and Washington State. Participants are between seven and 18 years old.
It’s the largest tournament for recreational female hockey in B.C. But the event isn’t only about hockey. “We don’t want it to be an in and out tournament,” added Lee. “It’s about promoting the sport. It’s about team bonding and girls hanging out together. It’s all part of the experience.”
In addition to the on-ice competition, the tournament offered a wide range of fun and educational activities including yoga sessions, a presentation about concussion awareness, a visit from PADS Assistance Dogs, face painting, balloon twisting and a photo booth.
“It’s always a good way to start the season,” commented Drew MacDonald, the managing director of the Pacific Coast
Hockey Association. He praised the event organizers for the number of hours they dedicate to stage the tournament. “It takes a lot of selfless volunteers, a lot of frustration and a lot of heartaches,” he said. “They just do a great job with it and it’s something I look forward to every year.”
For Lee, the hard work and support from community organizations and businessespays off. “We want to encourage
female hockey. That’s our number one goal. We want players to see it’s really a community.”
For next year, organizers look forward to welcoming even more out-of-town teams to Burnaby.
Click here for tournament results.