4th Annual Tournament of Champions

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For many years here at Canadian Hockey Enterprises we’ve run a small tournament, maybe 12 teams, that ran in November each year in Las Vegas.  We’d always had a fall event in Montreal, but decided in the early 2000’s to offer something in Las Vegas to give our western teams an option for tournaments in the fall, at least an option with cheaper flights.  Then 5 year’s ago, with tournament enrolment hitting a record low with just 4 teams teams, we decided the November Las Vegas tournament needed a makeover, and the Tournament of Champions (TOC) was born.

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The premise is simple; create an event where each division is made of of teams who either won or placed 2nd within that same division at a different tournament the previous spring.  As if people need an extra incentive to head to Vegas, we decided to give a discount to all teams that make it into the finals during our spring tournaments.  Teams that win their division receive a $500 discount and teams that finish 2nd in their division receive a $250 discount.  So in the spring of 2010 we began handing out our TOC letters to championship teams at all of our spring tournaments, and the “Let’s go to Vegas” banter began almost immediately.

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It was pretty obvious right away that our teams loved the idea.  Come November 2010 and the tournament that had just 4 teams the previous year had 24 teams ready to compete for the championship trophy.  The it grew to 28 teams.  Then 32 teams.  And as of tomorrow morning, our 4th Annual Tournament of Champions will have 39 men’s & women’s teams competing for their shot to hoist the Champions Cup.

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This year we have teams coming from all over North America and you can keep up with scores and results through our website.  Here’s a list of the teams attending.

  • Santa Barbara Rasputins – Santa Barbara, CA
  • Beaumont Fogduckers – Beaumont, AB
  • Dofasco Penguins – Hamilton, ON
  • Varsity Wings – Calgary, AB
  • OC Labatt – Santa Ana, CA
  • Moberly Lakers – Kamloops, BC
  • Las Vegas Hot Shots – Las Vegas, NV
  • Strange Brew – Caledonia, ON
  • Jadaco – Toronto, ON
  • Himark – Edson, AB
  • Pilot Butte Old Timers – Pilot Butte, SK
  • Iron Sheiks – Richmond, BC
  • Ipsco Junior Ingots – Regina, SK
  • Red Wings – High Prairie, AB
  • Drumheller Ratz – Drumheller, AB
  • Vipers – Holly Springs, NC
  • Chiefs – Victoria, BC
  • Warriors – Salmon Arm, BC
  • Millet Mulishia – Leduc, AB
  • Bulyea Bandits – Strasbourg, SK
  • Puck This – Las Vegas, NV
  • Those Guys – Concord, NH
  • L.A Chill – Malibu, CA
  • Highrollers – Stony Plain, AB
  • Hosers – Edmonton, AB
  • Phat and Slow – Calgary, AB
  • Blackhawks – Coquitlam, BC
  • Hinton Old Warriors – Hinton, AB
  • Scouts – Levittown, NY
  • Cyclones – Tampa Bay, FL
  • Ice Aged – Rossburn, MB
  • Hawks – Calgary, AB
  • White Rock Aces – Richmond, BC
  • Krumbs – McKinney, TX
  • Hatrick Heroes – Newport Beach, CA
  • Canadian Bacon – Caledonia, ON
  • Molson Canadian – Culver City, CA
  • Crimson Kings – Orange County, CA
  • Chicago Hawks – Chicago, IL

From everyone here at CHE we wish all participating teams the best of luck this weekend, and if you happen to be in Las Vegas, head over to the Las Vegas Ice Center and check out some of the action.

Graydon Crowley

Canadian Hockey Entperprises

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