By Joanne McQuarrie

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The U13 Rockies have been on a fundraising blitz after getting word they were chosen to host the BC Hockey Tier 4 Championship at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena March 19 – 23.

Amanda Thiesen, media chair, BC Hockey championship committee, Windermere Valley 2023, said seven teams will compete from the Lower Mainland, West Kootenay (Nelson Leafs), East Kootenay (Elk Valley Raiders and Columbia Valley Rockies), North West, North Central, Okanagan.

“The kids went to local businesses looking for sponsorships,” Thiesen said. “Our major fundraising campaign has come to a close now. We are also doing an online 50/50 with a chance to win up to $10,000. (The) prize amount depends on the number of tickets sold. It is the first online 50/50 for the association (WVMHA). The draw for this prize will happen during the championship on March 21.” 

Thiesen explained, “Our goal is to raise $25,000. Fundraising helps us pay for: travel for officials and BC Hockey representatives; trophies (fair play and championship); opening and closing ceremonies; the banquet dinner; guest speaker, Dampy Brar. He will give an inspirational speech to the championship athletes and coaches during our banquet. His message will be about promoting hockey equity for everyone. (Plus) ice time and much more!

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