Wingham Regional Midget and Atom Silver Stick Hockey Tournaments are getting ready to celebrate 31 years with International Silver Stick. This will be Wingham’s 51st year hosting a Midget tournament and 31st year hosting an Atom tournament.
Thirty-two years ago a group of dedicated minor hockey people journeyed to the International Silver Stick Annual Meeting being held in Wallaceburg, Ontario, to make a presentation for permission to hold a Silver Stick sanctioned tournament in Wingham. Wingham was known for holding a very successful Midget Tournament for many years and had recently started an Atom Tournament. The group consisting of Grant Currie, Jon Bateson, Alan Harrison, Bob Remington, Bill Brown and Paul McKee gave a detailed presentation to the Board of Directors of International Silver Stick and the representatives of the other Silver Stick tournaments from the United States and Ontario. Wingham was awarded a Midget and Atom Regional Tournament and are very proud to have been a member of International Silver Stick for the past 30 years.
Silver Stick is well known in Ontario and across the United States for hosting elite tournaments that allows girls and boys from all levels of hockey the opportunity to compete for the right to play in the International Silver Stick Finals Tournaments. The winners of the Regional Tournaments earn the right to participate in the Finals Tournaments and compete with other Regional winners from Ontario and the United States.
The first Silver Stick tournaments held 31 years ago in Wingham consisted of 8 teams in the “B” category and 8 teams in the “C” category for both the Midget and Atom Tournaments. Today there are 24 teams in the Midget Tournament and 24 teams in the Atom Tournament with games being played at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex as well as the Blyth Arena on the Saturday of the tournaments.
The Wingham Regional Midget and Atom Silver Stick tournaments have provided teams in the area the opportunity to compete for the right to advance to the International Silver Stick Finals. The winners of the “B” and “C” categories advance to the International Silver Stick Finals Tournament in Forest, Ont.
The Silver Stick tournaments have become a community affair in Wingham. Businesses proudly support the tournaments, sponsor ice time and place ads in the program, offer silver stick specials at their place of business and ensure that the 48 teams that come to town during the tournaments receive a hearty welcome.
The Silver Stick Tournaments are a major fundraiser for Wingham Minor Hockey. All proceeds from the tournaments go to Wingham Minor Hockey enabling them to provide affordable registration to all boys and girls in their hockey program. Wingham Silver Stick is the major sponsor of the Wingham Minor Hockey Tyke program which offers free registration to first year boys and girls. Wingham Silver Stick also offers a scholarship each year to a boy or girl from Wingham Minor Hockey who will be furthering their education either at university, college or an apprenticeship program.
Wingham Silver Stick is encouraging all teams, fans and anyone who is attending the tournaments to be sure and take in the Lions Club Santa Claus parade and visit the many great shops and stores in our town.
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