The Lacombe Ringette Association held their annual Icebreaker Tournament over the weekend. Several Lacombe Edge teams look home gold medals in the tournament which had over 570 athletes compete. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

The Lacombe Ringette Association held their annual Icebreaker Tournament over the weekend. Several Lacombe Edge teams look home gold medals in the tournament which had over 570 athletes compete. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Icebreaker Tournament sees several Lacombe teams take home gold medals

Icebreaker Tournament largest fundraiser for Lacombe Ringette Association

Over 550 Ringette athletes came to Lacombe for the Lacombe Edge Icebreaker tournament.

Louis Rellis, organizer, said the annual tournament is the largest fundraiser for the Lacombe Ringette Association and the funds help cover the extensive costs association with ice times and travel.

“It is run by parent volunteers and this year we were fortunate to have four parents volunteer to run the entire tournament,” Rellis said. “We had teams come from as far as Saskatchewan to participate and it is a major fundraiser for our association.

“It brings all of the families and the kids together.”

Lacombe Edge teams ran teams in the U6 division all the way up to U19, with meany of them excelling.

“Lacombe did awesome and they won gold in the U19, U16 and U14 divisions,” Rellis said. “Our U10-3 team won goal and our U10-1 and 2 teams won silver.

“We did phenomenal in our home tournament. Our U14 team won their first game of the season in their opener and then they came out and won gold in the finals. It was a great confidence boost for a lot of our girls.”

The multiple wins is indicative of solid coaching and parents throughout the association, according to Rellis.

“We get families in and they stay with us,” she said. “Our coaches are able to stay with us and we even have grandparents coaching who have coached for years. They are mentors to our incoming coaches and our junior coaches are fantastic.

“Our U19 girls coach our U14 teams and our U16 coaches are coaching our U12 teams. That speaks paramount to our parents who coached their own kids.”

She added the association is a family one that creates a ripple effect of volunteerism and community spirit.

The Lacombe Edge has ringette athletes from throughout central Alberta. Each of those teams have bottle drives throughout the year to help with costs.

“Those really help our teams. There are a lot of expenses for teams in terms of tournaments. Each team has two away tournaments and they run expensive,” she said.

Rellis added the tournament went awesome.

“We had great community involvement. We had community members donate items to our raffles and silent auctions. We also had baking items which sold out as well,” she said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are displayed on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 following a ceremony hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations in honour of the 215 residential school children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta city cancels Canada Day fireworks at site of former residential school

City of St. Albert says that the are where the display was planned, is the site of the former Youville Residential School

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Alberta reports 100 new cases of COVID-19

The Central zone sits at 218 active cases

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer drops to 71 active cases of COVID-19

Province adds 127 new cases of the virus

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

Investigators use a bucket to help recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. (AP Photo/John Locher)
‘Forever War’ with fire has California battling forests instead

Five of the state’s largest-ever blazes seared California last year, as authorities tackle prevention

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and IOC President Thomas Bach, on a screen, speak during a five=party online meeting at Harumi Island Triton Square Tower Y in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2021. The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, Tokyo organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics to allow Japanese fans only, with strict limits

Organizers set a limit of 50% capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans

Intricate cloth masks with Indigenous design made by Teresa Snow. Facebook/ Masks4Maskwacis
‘Masks 4 Maskwacis’ wins Northern Lights Volunteer Award

The group received recognition for their efforts to support their community during COVID-19.

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

Most Read