Colleen Oliphant will be leading volunteers in Dryden, as they get ready to host the 2018 Dudley Hewitt Cup. Following last night's announcement at the Memorial Arena, Oliphant talked about the project.
"I think it's just a wonderful thing for Dryden," she said. "It gives us so much to look forward to in the planning. It's a marquee event. We showcase Junior A hockey from Central Canada here in our home town."
In last night's game, it was a great showcase for Braeden Allkins, who scored twice for the Ice Dogs as they defeated English River 4-1. Allkins leads the SIJHL in scoring with 69 points.
Between periods, Ice Dogs' team president Mike Sveinson also took a moment to talk about the road ahead.
"I'm very excited. I'm trying to temper the excitement. There's a lot of work to be done. The tournament is a major gamble, as well as a good thing," he said.
Sveinson estimates the cost of putting on the tournament will be between $300,000 and $400,000 and that's roughly equal to the team's budget for a year.
"We have to put in the work. We have to be successful. I wouldn't have taken the task on if I didn't think we were up to the job. So, I am very excited," he added.
The Ice Dogs' next game is Friday, when they visit Thunder Bay.
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