The Fernie Memorial Arena was a fountain of activity this weekend, as the novice minor hockey league hosted a tournament. Nine teams from the Elk Valley and Alberta competed in friendly matches, with each team playing four games.
Organizer Marty Williams said that it was a fun weekend, and most teams played well, with many, including the Fernie team, going undefeated.
Sparwood and Elkford also participated, with a team from Airdrie travelling the furthest to play.
Williams organized the event with Kristen Miller, who he credits as being a big help in making sure that the weekend’s games ran smoothly.
The games also acted as a training ground for young referees. Teens over the age of 13 can learn to referee and are mentored by older referees who know the tricks of the trade.
“They take a referee course, and they were mentored by an older referee, so we have to have two referees on the ice at any time. They are out there learning to referee and they did a great job,” said Williams.
The next minor hockey tournament in Fernie will be on Nov. 20 to Nov. 22 for the Atom A league.