Ty Roper of Team Canada (PM jerseys) skates past Team Sweden's Riley Brady.

Ty Roper of Team Canada (PM jerseys) skates past Team Sweden's Riley Brady.

Port Alice hosts North Island World Juniors

Novice hockey players take to the ice in Port Alice for jamboree.

PORT ALICE—The Port Alice Minor Hockey Association hosted the North Island’s novice players in a hockey jamboree last weekend.

Instead of keeping to their home towns, the players from Port Alice, Port Hardy and Port McNeill were mixed and matched to form four teams: Teams Canada, USA, Russia and Sweden.

The ad hoc sides then took to the ice at Port Alice Arena to play each of the other teams in the just-for-fun tourney.

Between games, most of the off-duty players showed how deep the hockey bug goes by retiring to the Curling Club upstairs where a mini floor hockey game was in session all day.