Registration for Hockey Day in Canada road hockey tournament now open

Registration for Hockey Day in Canada road hockey tournament now open

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As the town of Owen Sound becomes the focus of the hockey world for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada next month, the biggest game on ice will also take place on the sidewalk.

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Registration for the Josh Armstrong Memorial Road Hockey Tournament opened on the city’s website on Friday.

The tournament will host two four-team divisions for a total of eight teams. The U11 and U12 division is open to players born in 2010 or 2011, while the U13 and U14 division is open to players born in 2008 or 2009.

Each team consists of seven players, including a goalkeeper.

Registration deadline for teams is January 4, 2023 at 4:30 p.m

Team registration includes the completed registration form and team payment of $140, which will be delivered to the community services counter at City Hall. The first four teams in each age group to submit the required documentation and payment will be awarded a place in the tournament.

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Beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 21st, the street hockey teams will play on the parking lot surface at Harrison Park next to the Good Cheer rink where Scotiabank Canada Hockey Day with host Ron MacLean will be televised live nationwide.

The championship game will be played later in the afternoon, said Jim McManaman, co-chair of the local organizing committee.

Josh Armstrong passed away in September 2019 at the age of 12. The popular Owen Sound Junior Attack player donated his organs and helped others survive. He was an avid hockey player and golfer who loved sports.

“He died way too young, so we wanted to give him some kind of memorial,” McManaman said. “The family will select a charity of their choice. There is an entry fee, but all money raised for the teams goes to the charity.”

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McManaman said he received word earlier Friday from potential sponsors and donors interested in supporting the event.

“We expected a big response and if early signs are anything, it will fill up quickly,” he said.

Plans are well underway for the nearly week-long event in Owen Sound, which will culminate with Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada live at Harrison Park, City Council heard earlier this week.

McManaman, along with local organizing committee co-chairs Fred Wallace and Denise Reid, made a presentation at a council meeting at City Hall on Monday, outlining the intense travel plan.

The schedule is still changing, but as of now, the kickoff event is Tuesday, January 17, a “hot oven” at Boston Pizza featuring Ron MacLean and Dale DeGray, General Managers of Owen Sound Attack, with proceeds donated to Hockey Day will support local programming.

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Wallace said that tickets for Music of Hockey on January 18 at the Roxy Theater were almost sold out.

From there, Thursday night’s banquet hosted by Sportsnet’s Ken Reid at the Bayshore and Friday morning’s Hockey is for Everyone breakfast with Andrew Ference will headline the weekday events ahead of Saturday’s main course.

Several hockey clinics and school visits are planned throughout the week.

On the ice, the East vs. West High School Hockey Cup is scheduled for the Bayshore Friday, January 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. with girls teams playing first and boys following.

The women’s game will take center stage on Saturday as PWHPA team Adidas and Team Scotia play at the Bayshore before Ontario University Athletics action featuring the Waterloo Warriors against the Guelph Gryphons.

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Later in the evening, the Owen Sound Attack will host the Peterborough Petes at the Bayshore.

Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup Parade makes its way to the celebrations at Harrison Park at 10:00 am, with the open-air festival opening ceremony scheduled for 10:45 am

Live television coverage begins at 11:00 am with Shinny Hockey, Clinics and Public Ice Skating scheduled for Good Cheer Rink.

Those planning to attend the Harrison Park celebrations should plan ahead as on-site parking is unavailable due to the various activities planned for the park. Shuttle buses to the park depart from the downtown Scotiabank parking lot, Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Center and South End Baptist Church.

For more information on the Josh Armstrong Memorial Road Hockey Tournament, please contact Jim McManaman, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, at [email protected]. For information on all other Scotiabank Hockey Day events in Canada, please contact Jen Wright, Events & Activation Coordinator, at 519-376-4440 ext. 1237 or [email protected].

Visit for a complete schedule for Hockey Day Canada.

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