Oscar Hickes tourney gets under way

PORT ALICE - Five days of action on tap as community honours late millworker and hockey standout with homecoming hockey tournament.

Gazette staff

PORT ALICE — The field is set and the ice is ready as Port Alice hosts its annual homecoming/party/hockey tournament this week with the 32nd Annual Oscar Hickes Memorial at the arena.

The tourney kicked off with a pair of games last night and will continue through Sunday’s finals.

Sixteen teams will compete in four divisions in the tournament, which commemorates the life of the former Port Alice millworker and hockey standout.

Two games will be played tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the traditional marathon of hockey starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and goes through 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The finals will begin Sunday at 9 a.m. and wrap up when the A division finalists square off at 2:30 p.m.

The tournament will feature full concession, multiple fundraisers for Port Alice Minor Hockey, North Island Secondary School’s dry grad and others, and an adult beverage garden.