COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of northwestern Ontario’s 20th annual Lil’ Bands Native Youth Hockey Tournament, which was scheduled for February.
Organizers say they will return to host the 20th annual tournament as soon as possible, and encouraged athletes to continue to play, practice and raise funds for the next event.
February, 2020’s tournament was the largest yet in Dryden, Vermilion Bay and Eagle Lake First Nation, breaking last year’s record of 68 teams. Over 1,000 youth hockey players were a part of the events.
Muskrat Dam took out Slate Falls in the A Side Midget Championships. Sachigo Lake beat Mishkeegogamang in the A Side Peewee Championships. Mishkeegogamang was the winner in the novice A Side Championships, winning against Lac Seul.
On the girls side, Sandy Lake was crowned the A Side champions in the Senior division, after the gold medal match-up against Round Lake. Garden Hill won the Junior Girls A Side Championship against Round Lake.
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