Hockey action hits the ice Easter weekend.
The 10th annual All Native Nk’maplqs Hockey Challenge Cup takes place at Kal Tire Place and Civic Arena from Friday to Sunday.
“We have it at Easter so people can come out and visit,” said Keith Louis, Challenge Cup president.
The tournament will feature 10 teams in the competitive category, eight masters, four women’s teams and four or five in the recreational category.
“We have teams registered from Prince George, Williams Lake, Chilliwack, Merritt, Kamloops and the Kootenays,” said Louis.
“Everyone want to compete at a high level.”
One of the primary draws is the tournament offers something for everyone.
“It’s family-oriented. Mom and dad can play and the kids can play,” said Louis.
The Challenge Cup was founded by the late Jay Louis as a way of revitalizing the game of all-native hockey.
“The objective is to also mentor aboriginal youth in their hockey development by promoting sportsmanship, fair play and positive role modelling,” said Keith Louis.
And with so many players and families coming to Vernon for a long-weekend, there will be a boost for restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
“There’s a good economic impact,” said Louis, who is urging local residents to come and check out the action. “There are some guys that played junior A and B hockey.”