Pond hockey kept fans hopping

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

The BMO 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Tournament is back, and it's bigger and better than ever.

After a one-year hiatus, the charity event returned yesterday but moved across the street from the Corral to the Saddledome.

Co-ordinator Bob Murdoch said he was impressed with the product on the ice.

"I'm really impressed with the quality of hockey," Murdoch said. "I haven't been involved in many of these pond hockey events.

"But I know they've been very successful and provide good entertainment.

"But now, being involved in it and seeing it firsthand, I think the hockey is great. It's a great way to spend the day -- coming down to the Saddledome with your kids and having a good time."

Off the ice, the organizing committee took extra steps to ensure younger fans were entertained.

Jamie Macoun said the added activities completed the family experience.

"Talking to some of the fans, they really appreciated it," Macoun said. "We had face painting, guys on stilts, autographs and a chance to meet all the players, tours through the dressing room ...

"So, from a fan's standpoint, I think it worked really well. From a fiscal standpoint, I think we did well."

He expects it to be even better next year.

"We took a year off, so it takes a little while to get that machine going again," Macoun said. "We've got three or four good sponsors that definitely want to come back, so by next year, it should be that much easier."

All funds raised went to the Flames Foundation, which funds numerous charitable causes in southern Alberta.


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