The Windsor Wild Winter Female Hockey Tournament returned to the area last weekend and featured teams from around the region and beyond.
The three-day event was held last Friday-Sunday at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, though players from Amherstburg were among the teams involved. It was hosted by the Sun Parlour Female Hockey Association (SPFHA) and featured U9 to U22 age divisions.
Teams from the South County Predators Girls Hockey Association, which is the organization many female hockey players from Amherstburg are involved in, were in many of the tournament's age divisions on the weekend. There was also a skills competition featuring one member from each of the 43 teams, contested on the main ice pad where the Windsor Spitfires play. All ice pads, including the main one, were used throughout the weekend.
"We are very excited to host this year's tournament" said SPFHA’s tournament director Katie Doe. "Our goal is to continue to foster a love for the game for female hockey players in our area. We have divisions ranging from U9 through U22.”
Doe said they had 43 teams over seven divisions.
“About half are local teams and half are from out-of-town,” said Doe. “They come as far as Toronto and about two hours into Michigan. We're pretty widespread.”
The tournament was run completely by volunteers, she added.
The Windsor Wild Winter Female Hockey Tournament was in its 22nd year though the SPFHA celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
“This is one of our big celebrations,” said Doe, adding the tournament is usually held the first weekend after New Year's.
“It's going pretty well,” she added. “People are happy.”
By Ron Giofu