Crystal Cup postponed to 2021

The Crystal Cup Organizing Committee has announced they are taking a one-year break, and the ninth annual tournament will return for 2021.

The committee is postponing the 2020 pond hockey challenge on Charlie Lake to make room for the BC Winter Games scheduled in February, and to take a much deserved break.

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"The Winter Games come here just once every 30 years and we want to make sure we respect that and the people working to put it on," said Neil Evans.

"We've worked pretty hard at this for eight years and can definitely use time time off to refresh and think of how we can make it better next year."

The 2020 BC Winter Games run February 20 to 24, and the Crystal Cup was set for February 28 to March 1. 

Organizers had thought of hosting the event in January or later in March, but there were a couple factors preventing those dates from working.

"If we try it in January, we run into ice thickness as an issue, and anything later, then we run into warm weather. February is our go-to month so we'll just hold back," said Evans.  

The postponement will give organizers time to catch up on outstanding business and reflect on what to do when the Crystal Cup returns to the ice in 2021.

"We'll get to reflect and look back on how things have gone, do a proper inventory for once, and go through our large semi-truck of stuff and organize everything," said Evans. 

"We'll come back bigger and better next year and we're already looking forward to it."

Evans is the medical director for the Winter Games.

"To have these Games in the town I was born and raised in and to be a part of them is really exciting and it's a huge honour. I can't wait," Evans said. 

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

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