Victoria Racquet Club player slides on the ice

Sooke hosts 22nd annual minor hockey tournament

Twenty novice and initial teams from around Vancouver Island came out for the four-day tournament.

Volunteers from Sooke helped put together the 22nd annual Sooke Spring Breakaway hockey tournament from March 22-25.

The fun-driven competition saw 20 different novice and initiation teams from Sooke, Juan de Fuca, Comox, Port Alberni, Saanich, Victoria and Cowichan Valley.

Rich D’Appolonia, coach for the Sooke Blue team, said the tournament is designed entirely for fun.

“I don’t think the kids care about the scores at all, they’re just out there having fun,” he said.

Each team played four games over the four-day tournament, which may seem gruelling for a group of kids under the age of eight, but they all took it in stride.

“It is a lot of hockey, but they were all troopers and they all loved it. I didn’t hear any kid complain about being on the ice.”

According to five-year-old Rowan-Jean D’Appolonia, player for the Sooke Blue team, the best part of the tournament was playing hockey and winning the pizza shoot out.