It’s a tournament close to the hearts of many ringette players in Prince George and area.
The Joy Hoffman Memorial Tournament celebrated its 25th Annual year of competition Saturday with a special presentation in the Kin Atrium.
Hoffman’s daughter, Maxine Hoffman Baarts was in attendance and remembers all of the hard work her mother put in to make the tournament a success. “It’s very exciting, mom worked really hard with many other people and she was really honoured with all of the work she did.”
With tears in her eyes, Maxine said her mom would have been thrilled and proud to see how strong ringette has grown because of all of the volunteers. “She would go out to our neighbouring communities with other volunteers, she was very social, she had no problems taking on anything and everything and doing so very proudly.”
President of the Prince George Ringette Association, Brenda Atkinson is also proud of the tournaments success with volunteers showing up from Quesnel, Houston, and Terrace. “Just this weekend we have over 300 skaters and 26 teams that puts 45 games on the ice in the two days and two rinks that we’re using,” Atkinson said. “We are seeing the numbers in the U7 age group growing exponential and it’s really great to see how ringette is growing in other communities in the north and not just Prince George.”
In addition to the tournament, a number of raffle prizes are available to bid on, including souvenirs, face painting, and a 50/50 draw. All proceeds go towards ringette programs in Prince George.
The tournament runs until 4 p.m. on Sunday.