The City of Charlottetown's arenas will packed to the rafters with excitement as 77 hockey teams from across Atlantic Canada compete for division championship titles at the 2014 Spud AAA Minor Hockey Tournament this weekend.
"We are so happy to welcome back the Spud Minor Hockey Tournament, along with all of the participants, families, and fans to our hockey-loving City," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The Spud tournament is a wonderful annual event and seasonal tradition that we look forward to every year as it offers a tremendous boost to our economy during the otherwise quiet shoulder tourism season. We are grateful for the added business to our hotels, restaurants, retailers and so many others who will benefit from this event."
The 39th annual edition of the hockey tournament begins today (January 30) and runs until Sunday, February 2 with nearly 2,000 hockey players, coaching and training staff expected to participate. The estimated economic spin-off from the four-day sport tourism event is, on average, $2 million.
"An event such as this would not be possible without the hard work, dedication and passion of the volunteer organizing committee who have worked tirelessly to ensure a successful weekend of competitive and exciting hockey," added Mayor Lee. "On behalf of the City, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for their hard work and extend our thanks to all of the volunteers, minor hockey organizations and corporate partners who support this wonderful event year after year. Also, we extend our best wishes to all of the teams participating this weekend."
For more information on this year’s Spud AAA Minor Hockey Tournament, including the full event schedule and list of participating teams, visit www.spud.goalline.ca/index.php.
Project & Communications Coordinator
City of Charlottetown