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31st annual regional Silver Stick under way in Kincardine

By: Liz Dadson
December 27, 2017

The 31st annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick hockey tournament is under way in Kincardine, with 45 teams from across southwestern Ontario competing in six divisions.

The hockey action began Wednesday morning, with Bantam "B" and "C" games played at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, while the Peewee "B" and "C" games were at the Tiverton Sports Centre, and Novice "B" and "C" games at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre.

Kincardine has teams in the Novice, Peewee and Bantam "B" divisions, while Ripley has a team in the Novice "C" division.

The opening ceremonies were held Wednesday night before the start of the Bantam game between Kincardine and Listowel.

The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band piped in the dignitaries, including Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie, tournament director Rob Bishop, the Huron Heights Public School choir, and Kincardine mascot Blinky.

The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band (left) pipes in the dignitaries, Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie (in front), tournament director Rob Bishop, the Huron Heights Public School choir, and Blinky

On behalf of the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association, Bishop welcomed all participants, team officials, parents and hockey fans to the tournament. He especially thanked the organizing committee of Charles Liddle, Ray Luinstra, Debbie Simmons and Tia Trudeau, for their hard work in preparing for this final, and largest, sporting event of the year in Kincardine.

He also offered appreciation to the companies that have generously supported this year's Silver Stick.

"To all of you who have the privilege of participating, I sincerely hope you enjoy your time at this year's event and trust it will leave many lasting memories," he said. "Embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie that is at the core of the Silver Stick, and enjoy this great game of hockey!"

Eadie welcomed everyone to the snowy Municipality of Kincardine and thanked Bishop and his team of volunteers for their hard work in making this tournament happen.

"Hockey families are tough, coming to Kincardine in the winter," she said. "I encourage you to explore the many fine shops and restaurants in our historic lakeside downtown, and hope you will come back in the spring, summer and fall, to enjoy the many great festivals and events, as well as our beautiful beaches and incredible sunsets."

The Huron Heights Public School choir then sang "O Canada," and Eadie did the ceremonial puck-drop alongside Bishop, with Listowel Bantams captain Colin Williams and Kincardine captain Jordan Beisel.

Tournament director Rob Bishop (left) watches as Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie drops the puck, with Listowel Bantams captain Colin Williams and Kincardine captain Jordan Beisel

The Silver Stick continues until Saturday when the finals for all six divisions will be played at the Davidson Centre, beginning with Novice "C" at 10 a.m.

For more information, and to follow the schedule and the results, visit

Huron Heights Public School choir director Heather Weber (right) leads the group in singing "O Canada" at the opening ceremonies

Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie (left) addresses the crowd during the Silver Stick opening ceremonies, with tournament director Rob Bishop and Blinky


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