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Nelson Bantams host Tier III Championships

The host Nelson Bantam team includes, back row, L-R, Joseph Surina, Kyle Kooznetsoff, Dylan Mowery, Seamus Boyd, Noah Quinn, Bryce Sookro, Ethan Bennett, Simon Forrester and Kaleb Percival. Front, Joseph Davidson, Alexander Andersen, Dylan Watts, Mason Ouchi, Rhett Hamilton, Koby Upper and Drake Proctor. — Submitted photo

Nelson has been selected to host the 2017/18 BC Hockey Bantam Tier III Championships, which runs from March 18th – 22nd

Ten teams from each of the nine districts across BC and the Yukon will be in the Heritage City to compete for the provincial banner.

The tournament is a terrific economic generator for the host community, drawing hundreds of families, friends and young athletes for a week or more.

“We’re aiming to do everything we can to showcase all that Nelson has to offer during the week the tournament is running,” says Tournament Director Sandy Boyd. 

“In between all those games, we’re going to make sure all the out-of-town parents, kids and their friends get a taste of the city’s great retail destinations, all our culinary and beverage venues and the region’s world famous outdoor adventure experiences before they head home.”

“There’ll be over 250 people coming to town,” adds Boyd, “and we want them to come back again.”

A tournament of this magnitude requires many volunteers and strong financial support from businesses throughout the community and around the province.  

Organizers are looking for volunteers to assist with individual team hosting, score clock and penalty box operation, hospitality room operation, baked good provision and more. Interested? Contact the tournament’s Volunteer Organizer Shelann Andersen, at shelann.a@shaw.ca., 250-777-4030.

Businesses looking to support the event have a variety of sponsorship opportunities. They can contact Fundraising Coordinators Melissa Surina at 250-353-1499, bsurina@kaslo.org or Greg Proctor at 250-354-9432, gproctor57@hotmail.com