Mother Nature was on Peterborough’s side this weekend.
Temperatures were cold enough for the annual Under the Lock Hockey Tournament to go ahead as planned.
Lindsay Biscaia has more.
Winter, hockey…and Tim Hortons.
It doesn’t get much more Canadian than this.
It’s the 9th annual Under the Lock Hockey Tournament.
“977 participants coming in for this.”
62 teams are registered to play Saturday, and 71 teams for Sunday.
The players are between the ages of 8 to 14.
Tournament Chair Dave Smith says there is always a back up plan for the tournament, in case the ice doesn’t freeze.
And that’s ball hockey at a local tennis club.
Smith: “Because we weren’t able to play on the canal last year, a lot of the people were a lot more excited. They came out early, wanted to see what was happening before they started to play.”
The canal ice, which has been sectioned into 6 separate rinks, is in perfect condition this year. And Smith says the tournament has attracted a lot of new teams.
“We’ve got about 25 returning teams this year. So roughly 40 teams are brand new to it this year.”
The Caledonia Blues are one of those teams that are new to the tournament.
“Yeah, it’s pretty fun, it’s cold out.”
“Yeah, and I think it’s kinda cool. It’s a different kind of way of playing hockey.”
‘Our coaches actually found it, so we decided to try it out this year because it’s a lifetime experience for the kids.”
“It’s an experience they have never had before, an outdoor tournament, we’re always going to indoor tournaments so this is perfect.”
The tournament wraps up Sunday afternoon.