The pond behind the Elk Ridge Lodge, just outside the gates of the Prince Albert National Park, was turned into a pond of dreams for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan on Jan. 21.
Six U11 teams — two from Saskatoon, the Renegade Rattlers and Flyer Phantoms — as well as the Regina Monarchs, the Prince Albert Bulldogs, the Humboldt Broncos and the Battlefords Barons made up the tournament that was dubbed, ‘The Battle on the Pond’.
“It started with our team manager Christina and our head coach Darrin sitting down for our first meeting together, and what we wanted to do this year for tournaments,” said Saskatoon Renegades Rattlers team treasurer, Paula Weiss.
“Outdoor had come up, and I said, ‘Why don’t we do Elk Ridge? Give it a whirl,’ and she was on the phone the next day to the SMHA to make sure that we could do it and it was sanctioned. Then she was on the phone with Elk Ridge and they jumped right on board.”