Hockey fans will be gathering in a small southeastern-Saskatchewan town this weekend for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.
Balcarres, a town of 600, is hosting the event, which comes with SJHL, PJHL, Midget AAA men’s and Midget AAA women’s games, as well as local senior hockey.
Mayor Kent Esplin described the importance of hockey to his community when he spoke to 620 CKRM on Thursday.
“It’s a type of thing where hockey is something great for all ages, and it gets kids involved in being active and it is folklore basically for Balcarres,” Esplin said.
“As you know small towns, their rink is kind of the main place for anything right? So we need to continue to have those facilities in towns for kids to continue to come an play hockey and participate,” Esplin said.
Tickets are still available to this weekend’s event at various Balcarres businesses, as well as the town office.
The organizing committee is hoping to raise enough to cover the cost of recent rink renovations.
“We hope that this whole weekend of festivities is going to pay it off, and if there’s anything left over then that’s great that will just go to maintaining the facility or more upgrades that will be needed along the way,” Esplin added.