Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
April 26,2014 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Competitive and recreational teams of all ages faced off today in Victoria to open the “Play On” 4 on 4 Street Hockey tournament being held at Ogden point this weekend.
Jamie Evans of Victoria would pick low blocker side to beat the goalie on a penalty shot during opening day of competition – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
There can’t be a better place in the country with a view over than Victoria’s Ogden Point to play street hockey. Traffic infront and behind the goalie. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Goalie Ben Glover would poke the ball away just in time to keep a shot attempt for materializing – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Sixty six teams, some competing for the right to compete in the National Championships being held this summer in Kingston, Ontario, slapped on the pads, gloves and shin protectors and started their quest to become the Victoria regions best street hockey team in their respective divisions. Winners from the competitive division in each of the 21 different regions set across Canada will playoff for the coveted Redwood Cup on national television this August.
Some fancy footwork to evade a defender and a pair of quick hands helps this player clear the puck on the back of his stick – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
No shortage of love for the game as this goalie celebrates his team’s win – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
HNIC’s Play On! celebrates the game of hockey and Canada’s culture in a fun atmosphere that makes children feel like pros and adults like kids again. In Victoria, adult registration would perhaps indicate that more Vancouver Island adults are looking for their past memories rather than children living them. A trend that was pointed out by Commissioner Scott Hill. “There are definitely more adults playing (at this tournament), than other parts of the country, but I think that will change as this tournament becomes more well known here.”
Young players show their off ice skills stick handling for the ball – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
This goalie would just get enough of the ball to keep it out the back of the net as his opponent creates traffic infront – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Day one competition was highlighted by a noon time game pitting local politicians, media hosts, athletes, and Marty the Marmot against each other in a fun game that saw little in the way of goal tending in as fans were entertained by the back and forth antics of the players.
Celebrities and mascots pose for a post game team picture – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin and company take the opening faceoff for the Celebrity Challenge game Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Mayor Dean Fortin is stopped on a point blank shot on net as the goalie makes himself big – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Sunday’s playoffs will begin at 1:20 pm after the TC10K run at Ogden Point.