Lacrosse love-in

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

It\'s not quite the logistical nightmare it used to be but the Canada Day Lacrosse tournament is still considered the biggest and best in the country. This weekend will be the 27th instalment of the tournament, which features teams from tyke to midget at arenas across the city.

With the game\'s increased popularity, there are now tournaments elsewhere competing with the local classic on this holiday weekend, which has reduced the number of teams heading to Calgary.

Two years ago, there were some 100 teams competing but this year there is 82.

With both B.C. and Edmonton hosting tournaments this weekend, the seams aren\'t as stretched as they used to be.

\"We\'ve got controlled pandemonium now where before it was uncontrolled at times,\" laughed Kevin Melnyk, the president of the Calgary and District Lacrosse Association. \"This is a big tournament and has always been very popular. It\'s not as big but it\'s still the biggest around.\"

Tournament chairperson Janis Cullen said getting the event off the ground each year is no small task.

\"This is the biggest job as a volunteer I have ever done,\" she said. \"It\'s huge and a lot of hard work goes into this event.\"

Over the years, the tournament has played host to such National Lacrosse League stars as Calgary Roughnecks Kaleb Toth, Jason Wulder and John Kilbride, as well as former Roughneck and now Colorado Mammoth star Ben Prepchuk.

Visit www.calgarylacrosse.com for game times and more information on the tournament. 


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