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Kelowna hosts its annual Sweetheart Ringette tournament

Ringette action will be front and centre in  Kelowna this weekend as the annual Sweetheart tournament brings 1,500 people to the area. - Doug Farrow
Ringette action will be front and centre in Kelowna this weekend as the annual Sweetheart tournament brings 1,500 people to the area.
— image credit: Doug Farrow

Kelowna ice sheets will be filled to the rafters this weekend with ringette players as the annual Sweetheart Ringette Tournament comes to Kelowna.

Kelowna Ringette is excited to welcome 1,500 ringette players, coaches and officials to Kelowna this weekend for the 22nd Annual Sweetheart Ringette Tournament.

The event attracts over 90 teams from across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and is the largest event of it’s kind in B.C.

Close to 200 games will be played at rinks from Winfield to West Kelowna, including Rutland, CNC, and Memorial.

Players aged 5 to 25 will be competing at various levels throughout the weekend, with competitive levels (Uunder-14 and up) playing for the coveted SOLO Cup on Sunday.

Spectators are welcome to catch the round robin play action Friday or Saturday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. at most rinks.  The semi-finals are Sunday morning with the finals Sunday afternoon.

Full details are available at www.kelownasweetheart.com

This year the event has added a new feature as National Ringette League (NRL) games will take place in town, showcasing what could be the future of the sport for many young players.

The National Ringette League games take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at CNC rink 1 and Sunday at 10 a.m. at Rutland West.

The games will feature the top two teams in Western Canada: The LMRL Thunder (BC) vs the Prairie Thunder (MB).

Kelowna Ringette would like to thank the City of Kelowna and all our community sponsors for their great support again this year and are inviting the public to come and see why ringette is considered the fastest game on ice.

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