Apex Mountain Resort, BC – The 6th Annual Winter Classic Hockey Tournament took place last weekend on the resort outdoor rink. A total of $42 419.13 was raised for BC Children Hospital Foundation from this event and its participants, bringing the cumulative total of over the years to over $160 000.00. Eight teams battled each other for the Championship, with a new opponent coming on strong this year, Mother Nature! A record setting 150 cm of snow fell on the mountain during that period. The Vancouver Spirit Atom A1 were able to capture the Cup in their 1st appearance in the tournament with an overtime win over the North Shore Winter Club WinterHawks. On the final day, the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies won bronze in overtime against their Island rivals, the Victoria RC Kings. Finally, the Winfield Bruins beat the Burnaby Winter Club also in overtime in consolation game.
“Year after year it is amazing to see how each team and the communities behind all of them support this event and a cause like BC Children Hospital foundation.” -Yannick Lescarbeau, organizer.
“With all the snow Apex received during the tournament, the event was in real jeopardy of cancellation. Everyone involved from the Apex staffs, tournament volunteers and organizers to parents and players made it happen with long hours of digging and shovelling. Shovels were made to good use day and night. All the games were played with some minor adjustments. In the end, the snow and weather made it such a fun, unique and unforgettable experience for all and that’s what makes this event so special.” – Yannick Lescarbeau, organizer
“This was an amazing experience that I will never forget!” -Stephen Gillis, Head coach for the Vancouver Minor Spirit.