Crystal Cup organizers have announced the first annual Sid Davis Memorial Youth Pond Hockey Challenge.
The event is set for the last day of the upcoming Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge in February, and will honour longtime minor hockey coach Sid Davis, who died Dec. 19, 2017.
Davis loved to coach hockey, and was beloved by many the community. Davis was known to stay in touch with players he coached.
"Sid was a really great guy, really good with kids, and we are very happy to do this," said Neil Evans, Crystal Cup organizer.
The youth challenge is for kids from novice up to midget, and teams must have a minimum of four players. Play is four versus four with no goalies. Games will consist of two 10-minute periods with a three minute intermission.
The initial response has been overwhelming, and people are calling from all over the Peace Region wanting to enter, Evans said.
The Crystal Cup runs Feb. 23 to 25 at Charlie Lake, with the Sid Davis Memorial starting after the Crystal Cup final to ensure there are enough rinks for the youth challenge.
The event will last into the Sunday night, a bit different than normal for the Crystal Cup, which usually finishes Sunday afternoon.
Registration is open until Feb. 17. Visit thecrystalcup.ca for more information.