CGHA House League Tournament returns with 55-team fieldNovember 5, 2021
It’s game on – again – for the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association’s annual House League Tournament.
A staple on the local hockey calendar, the House League Tournament was unfortunately put on ice in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it’s back in a big way this year with the 37th edition of the tournament set to kick off next week.
A total of 55 teams in five different age groups (from U9 to U18) will be competing in the tournament, with the action taking place at both the Benson Centre and Cornwall Civic Complex from Friday, November 12th to Sunday, November 14th. The event will feature teams from Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville, Gananoque and other parts of eastern Ontario.
“It’s a sold-out tournament so we’re quite pleased about that,” said Mike Turcotte, President of the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association. “There’s a lot of (economic) spin-off from the event. We’ve used pretty much every hotel room (for visiting players and families) and the restaurants around the City get packed. They’re all full with players and teams throughout the weekend.”
After nearly four decades of operation, the House League Tournament is as popular as ever, and interest in girls hockey locally continues to be strong year after year.
“Our numbers are great,” Turcotte said. “We have 363 players registered this season which is quite encouraging.”
A full slate of games will be played throughout Friday and Saturday with the semi-finals and finals taking place Sunday. Covid protocols will be in place in accordance with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association.
The Cornwall Girls Hockey Association has welcomed thousands of players to the ice over the years, with several dozen alumni moving on to the NCAA, Canadian university and professional ranks. The most notable alumni is Team Canada Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion Lori Dupuis.
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