Hockey Day in Collingwood wrapped up with victories for Collingwood Collegiate Institute's girls' and boys' varsity teams yesterday evening, after a full-day elementary tournament involving about 170 local kids.
Todd Hammond, a CCI teacher and one of the organizers of the event, said it was great to get back on the ice after a hiatus and see so many participants and supporters of the sport. The event is a seven-year, local sports tradition that has been on hiatus since 2020.
"The whole day was really about getting kids out and playing and having fun with their friends," said Hammond. "I think overall that was the biggest takeaway is that the teams came, they all played tons of hockey and had lots of fun throughout the day."
There were 10 teams from local elementary schools including Mountain View Elementary School, Cameron Street Public School, Admiral Elementary School, Birchview Dunes Elementary School, Grade 7/8 from Stayner Collegiate Institute, Nottawa Elementary School, Nottawasaga Creemore Public School, and St. Mary's Catholic School. The elementary teams played 17 games between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Eddie Bush Memorial Arena and Central Park Arena.
Cameron Street Public School won the tournament, defeating Admiral Elementary School with a score of 4-3 in the final. St. Mary's Catholic School won the consolation game.
In the evening, the two local high schools faced off for a girls' and then a boys' varsity game. Collingwood Collegiate Institute took the win both times with a 4-3 score in the girls game and a 3-2 score in the boys game.
CCI player Hailey Beckett scored a hat trick in the girls' game.
While the event was free to attend, the crowd of about 500 to 600 people who watched the evening games also brought donations for the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation. Hammond said he estimates about $750 came in for the hospital foundation, but final counts haven't yet been completed.
Enjoy these photos from the evening varsity games.