Atlantic tourney begins Tuesday
SPRINGHILL Its going to be a busy six days in Springhill.
Months of preparations will come to fruition beginning Tuesday when the community and the Cumberland County Cool Blues host the Don Johnson Cup, the Atlantic Junior B hockey championships.
Everyones really nervous hoping all those hours weve spent preparing for this tournament pay off, host committee chair Terry Noiles said last night. Were going to meet Monday night to go over things one more time just to make sure everythings ready.
Since the Blues were awarded the tournament last fall a group of volunteers has been working tirelessly to prepare for the tournament and get the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre ready.
Were all really excited about this because its the biggest sporting event this town has ever hosted, Noiles added. The community of Springhill and the county as a whole have been so supportive of this tournament.
On-ice action kicks off Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when the Cool Blues host the Nova Scotia champion East Hants Penguins in a rematch of their semifinal series.
Were expecting therell be a big demand for Blues games. Were a little concerned about attendance for the daytime games because none of those games will be local and people are working, Noiles said. Were giving a number of tickets to the (Springhill) elementary schools to bring the kids to the games.
The Blues play the remaining nights at 8 p.m. while there are also games at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. daily with other participating teams including the P.E.I. champion Kensington Vipers, Madawaska 506 of New Brunswick and the Central Junior Cataracts of Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. The semifinals are set for Saturday with the final on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Away from the rink there will be nightly entertainment at the Lamp Cabin as well as other events at the community centre.
For those unable to make the games, TAD Promotions will be doing live updates at www.donjohnsoncup.org.