YASTA nets national street hockey championships
Yarmouth has been chosen to host the 2013 Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! national street hockey championships. The Play On! finals will take place Sept. 26-28.
The tenth anniversary season of the fastest growing sports festival in Canada will culminate with its largest ever national championship event. One hundred and sixty-eight teams from across Canada will be invited to Yarmouth to compete for the Redwood Cup.
Each of these teams must earn their right to attend this championship by virtue of performance at one of the twenty-one qualifier events held across the country this May and June. In all, over 6,000 teams are expected to compete for the Redwood Cup this season. Teams will pay their own travel expenses to the event.
Seventeen cities across Canada expressed interest in hosting this season’s national championship. The event was awarded to the Yarmouth region since it presented the most comprehensive and compelling opportunity for this season’s championship. “We’re absolutely thrilled to bring this tenth anniversary event to Nova Scotia,” stated Scott Hill, National Program Director. “Canadians are going to be blown away with the unique experience and hospitality that the Yarmouth and Acadian Shores region offers. It is also Eastern Canada’s turn to host this championship, and what better way to celebrate ten great years than to return the Province where the program was founded.”
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"We're certainly excited to be hosting the Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! National Championships, especially in its tenth year!” stated Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood. “There's nothing quite like the hospitality of Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, and we look forward to welcoming Canada to what we know will be a great experience for all."
In March, Yarmouth town council approved up to $45,000 in funding to host the conference.
The event will be held on the streets of Yarmouth and all events will be free for spectators.
The Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association has been the lead agency in producing the winning bid for the national championships.
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The organizing committee for the 2013 Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! national tournament, is hoping that local teams will appear on the roster. Click here for that story.