Today marks the start of the fifth Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge at Charlie Lake. This time around the tournament will welcome 40 teams in the general division and five in the 40+ "seasoned" division. Teams have travelled from as far as Calgary to participate in the event and special guest Mark Hartigan, a Fort St. John native with more than 100 NHL games played will be on hand during the festivities.
Action gets underway Friday night at 6 p.m. with action on all 10 rinks. Teams will play under the lights Friday until about midnight, with action getting back underway Saturday morning at 10 a.m after a pancake breakfast.
The kids competition will take place all day Saturday and community members are encouraged to head out and watch the action with the whole family.
The championship game is tentatively set for 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
As of Thursday setup was nearly complete and despite the unseasonably warm temperatures the rinks look ready to go and the weekend appears to be cold enough to keep the ice frozen throughout the weekend.
For more information visit www.thecrystalcup.ca.