Two female Peewee players

Sooke hosts Island’s longest running female hockey tourney

Female hockey is in full stride at Sooke’s fifteenth annual Fall Female Faceoff tourney.

Hockey is not just a boys sport anymore! Female hockey in full stride at Sooke’s fifteenth annual Fall Female Faceoff tourney.

The District of Sooke and the Sooke Minor Hockey Association are proud to present the 15th Annual Fall Female Face Off Tournament. At this female-centric event, the only lace you’ll see is the lacing up of hockey skates.

For the last 15 years, girls from all over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland have been lacing up their skates and flooding to Sooke in order to participate in the largest female hockey tournament held on Vancouver Island. This year Sooke Minor Hockey is proud to host 350 females from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11. Girls range in age from eight to 18 years old, with teams ranging from Peewee to Midget.

In total, 196 visiting players and their families will require accommodation and meals and shop in Sooke’s local stores. This influx of hockey players is a tremendous boost to our economy. Estimates from previous years are around $60,000. The hotel is fully booked as are the nearest hotels in Langford.

Sooke Minor Hockey is very proud to say we have the longest running female tournament on Vancouver Island. If you would like to watch some of the fast paced action girls will be playing games from 6 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, with a fun Skills Competition held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come early to watch the skills as the stands fill up fast! The gold medal games will be on Monday starting at 9 a.m.

We will also have great raffle baskets you can enter to win and 50/50. We will be taking time to honour the Veterans who fought, and continue to fight, for our freedom on the 11th during the 11th hour of the day.

If you see hockey players and their families in Sooke or the West Shore area that weekend, be sure to give them a wave. The boost to our local economy from the three day hockey tournament is worth a wave.

Sooke Minor Hockey will happily accept new players of both the male and female gender. We also offer a $50 four-week trial period. That’s $50 for up to five ice times per week for four weeks, depending on your age and teams schedule. Registration for next year will be held in the New Year. Please check out our website at sookeminorhockey.org to keep up to date with all the fun happenings at your local rink. Come out between Nov. 9 to 11 and cheer on our hometown girls!.For more information about the tournament please contact Sebastien Tremblay by phone at 250-516-2559, or by email at volkz@hotmail.com.

Submitted by Sebastien Tremblay