Superheat sponsors Canadian University women's hockey tournament in Kincardine
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Superheat FGH Technologies is pleased to bring some of Canada’s best female hockey players to Kincardine.
The Kincardine company has officially announced it is sponsoring the first-ever Canadian IntraUniversity Sport (CIS) Hockey Great Lakes Challenge, a four-team university hockey tournament at the Davidson Centre Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Davidson Centre Revitalization Fund.
“We love the idea, and we think it’s a great way to show we’re a proud part of this community,” says Superheat chief executive officer Norm MacArthur.
Some of the country’s best university hockey programs will be in Kincardine for a round-robin tournament. The University of Regina Cougars, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, the York University Lions and the University of Guelph Gryphons will play a total of six games over three days beginning Sept. 30.
“We’re excited to play teams from the OUA (Ontario University Athletics),” says Kincardine native Sarah (Howald) Hodges, the head coach of the Regina Cougars and Hockey Canada’s Under-22 program. “And on a personal note, I’m looking forward to introducing the beauty and hospitality of my hometown to my players, as well as our colleagues from Lethbridge.”
The two Canada West teams will be billeted in the Kincardine community with families involved in the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association. Minor hockey girls teams will play before and after the CIS games, and the CIS athletes will visit local schools and lend a hand with local minor hockey teams.
“I think this promotes women’s hockey, and just hockey in general,” says MacArthur. “Our staff all has families that play hockey – both girls and boys – and that’s who we’re really doing this for.”
Superheat FGH provides industrial heat treatment services to power producers throughout the world. The Kincardine-based company has 18 offices around North America, as well as two in England and a new office in Dubai. It employs 90 people at its head office in Kincardine.
While Superheat FGH is the major sponsor of the CIS Great Lakes Challenge, the entire Kincardine community is also involved.
The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band and local singer Brontae Hunter will perform at the opening ceremonies.
The Municipality of Kincardine has thrown support behind the event, as have dozens of other local businesses. Weekend passes will soon be available for just $20. Look for them at Superheat, Home Hardware and other locations near you.
Be sure to check the event on Facebook at “CIS Great Lakes Hockey Challenge” or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Sept. 29
Saturday, Oct. 1
Sunday, Oct. 2
Tournament director Josh Howald can be reached at 519-396-3111 (Kincardine Independent) or 226-930-0311 (cell) and E-mail at email@example.com
The official logo of the CIS Great Lakes Hockey Challenge was created by Kincardine graphic artist Dave Baker of Graphic FX.
“I couldn’t be happier with the mark,” says tournament director Josh Howald. “We needed a classy, professional-looking design to signify the importance of the event and bounced a few ideas off Dave (Baker). I liked every one he came back with, but this one stood above the rest.”
The logo features a puck with a silhouette of the Great Lakes, as well as the Kincardine Lighthouse in front of a Maple Leaf.
“I wanted it to have the same feel as a big NCAA tournament, while encompassing the Maple Leaf – a common symbol to all Team Canada jerseys,” says Baker. “The puck and its graphic silhouette represent both our region of Canada and the speed of the game.”
The lighthouse proudly represents Kincardine, and is similar to the one found on the jersey of the Kincardine Old Stars.
Hodges of the University of Regina Cougars, says the level of play in this tournament will be very high. “I think the OUA and Canada West are the two best conferences in the CIS and we’ll see some highly competitive, close games. It’s the highest level of women’s hockey that people will get a chance to see locally.”
This is the second trip to Kincardine for Hodges' team. She brought the girls here for training camp and two exhibition games against Brock University four seasons ago. It was so popular with her players, it was the vets who made the choice this time.
“We actually gave the fifth-year players a choice – we provided different options of what to do as a team, and Kincardine was one of the choices,” says Hodges. “The girls who were here last time thought it would be the most fun and they voted on this.”
It wasn’t hard to convince other teams to follow suit. The York Lions – with Kincardine’s Sydney Brown tending net for the past four seasons – had previously agreed to play some exhibition games in the area after head coach Dan Church visited here last summer.
“It was actually easier to get teams to come to Kincardine than it was to our tournament in Regina,” laughs Hodges. “ I doubted many teams from the west would be interested considering the cost, but I threw the idea out there and Lethbridge was happy to come. Some of the teams out west look for tournaments and want to get value for something other than just hockey.”
Most of the players from the western teams are prairie girls, and have never seen the Great Lakes, which makes the visit even more appealing. The Guelph Gryphons agreed to come play shortly after Lethbridge made plans official.
“We’re happy to be in Kincardine and it should be positive for everybody,” says Hodges. “We hope people come out and enjoy the games, and that we can give a little back to the minor hockey program in Kincardine as well.”
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