Back to top

Nelson joins the Minor Hockey Week celebrations

The Annual Novice Tournament is one of the highlights of Minor Hockey Week in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily file photo

 The idea, believe it or not, to celebrate Minor Hockey with a weeklong string of events got its start in Trail during the late 1950s.

Trail Director Charlie Maclean organized Canada's first Minor Hockey Week at Cominco Arena in Trail, promoting it with the slogan: "Don't SEND your boy to play hockey - TAKE him!"

In 1958, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association thought so much of the Minor Hockey Week idea that it adopted the idea to celebrate the sport across Canada.