15th Oilmen’s hockey tournament starts this week

The 15th Annual Fort St. John Oilmen’s 4 on 4 Hockey Tournament runs this week. Registration and team-drafting takes place Wednesday night, and the 10 teams begin play at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 5.

The tournament will run until 5 p.m. on Thursday, from 8 a.m. until midnight on Friday, and will conclude with the finals on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m.

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“It’s always a great event. This year we were short a few players, but those will be filled by puck-drop. It just seems like times are changing, and guys are less able to take the Thursday and Friday off,” said Lee Hartman, who has organized the tournament since its inception.

The tournament will feature two special guests this year, instead of the usual one. In the past, the guests have been former NHL alumni. This season, Dylan Playfair and Andrew Herr, who play Reilly and Jonesy, respectively, in the popular Canadian sitcom Letterkenny, will share some stories after the games on Thursday. Former Vancouver Canuck Kirk MacLean was the special guest at last year’s tournament.

Tom’s Construction won the 2017 Oilmen’s championship. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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