One spot left in Oscar Hickes tourney field

PORT ALICE—The North Island’s largest hockey tournament still has space for one more team as the Mar. 8 puck drop looms.

PORT ALICE—The North Island’s largest hockey tournament still has space for one more team as the Mar. 8 puck drop looms.

The 32nd annual Oscar Hickes Memorial Tournament will be played at Port Alice Arena from Mar. 8-11, with divisions for competitive, commercial and recreational/oldtimers teams.

Tourney organizer Russell Murray announced this week the tourney has filled 15 of its 16 allowable slots, but would welcome one more team in the recreational/oldtimers ‘C’ Division.

The registration cost is $600 per team, with an additional insurance fee.

The teams entered to date represent Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill and at least one team made up of former local skaters who are returning from their current homes down island to take part.

In addition, Team United of Seattle, Wash., will compete in the commercial division, making this the first “international” Oscar Hickes tourney.

The tournament will include a dance on Saturday night featuring the North Island band Jam Shack Araknids. It also serves as a fundraiser for several groups, including Port Alice Minor Hockey and the North Island Secondary School dry grad, with full concession, 50/50 draws and other prizes available throughout the weekend.

To register a team or for other info, contact Murray at 250-209-0756 or oscarhickes@gmail.com.