The Saanich Braves pee wee C3 team is headed to Ottawa to play on the outdoor rink. Team photo

Saanich Braves pee wee team headed to Ottawa’s hockey on the hill

A Saanich Braves pee wee team are taking their “show on the road,” and are headed to Ottawa to play on the Canada 150 outdoor rink currently installed on Parliament Hill.

The Braves will be one of 16 pee wee teams playing in the Hockey on the Hill tournament, part of the Ottawa International Hockey Festival, Dec. 28 to 31, on the temporary $5 million rink. Their C3 pee wee Saanich Minor Hockey Association team qualified for the tournament by submitting an energetic 30-second video of team members citing the chance for Victoria players to play outdoors.

Sitting in front of snow, the camera zooms in on Noah Mashford who says, “Welcome to Victoria, we’ve got the best weather in Canada…,” “…Unless you’re a hockey player,” says Sam Spencelayh.

Then the camera pans out to show the snow bank is actually a pile of ice scraped out of Pearkes arena.

More than 300 teams entered the contest to play at OIHF, representing about 6,000 players and officials. There’s also a 16-team girls pee wee tournament (for house level teams).

Teams receive a bursary to offset the cost of travel to Ottawa for each player and coach, a set of commemorative Canada 150/OIHF jerseys for their team, accommodations, complimentary entry into the tournament and local bus service in Ottawa.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Sun on its way after southern Vancouver Island’s wettest July in six years

Environment Canada meteorologists say ongoing off-and-on drizzle likely to end soon

World’s fastest bathtub racer to be determined this weekend in Nanaimo

Great International World Championship Bathtub Race caps full weekend of downtown events

After Victoria dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Who has the softest environmental footprint on Vancouver Island?

13 Vancouver Island councils and boards sign up for climate challenge to find out

Citizens tackle jewel thief in downtown Duncan

Suspect taken into custody after watch-snatcher chased through the streets

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

Trudeau in Victoria to announce $79M investment in public transit

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund 118 more buses across B.C. to cut commutes

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Most Read