The Kenora Midget AAA Thistles hit the ice yesterday, just not on the rink they're used to.

The team played a mini-tournament in their boots on the ice surfaces at Anicinabe Park. The ice surfaces, six of them, are being used for the Kroppy Cup Memorial Pond Hockey Tournament, during Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrations next weekend.

Thistle Jayme Caron touched on the experience.

“We're just out here trying to have some fun and get some team building in,” Caron said. “It's just fun to be out here and good to be out on the ice like this. Typical northwestern Ontario, I guess.”

Four teams of five were made among the Thistles for the tournament.

In addition to having some fun, it also served as an opportunity to test out the ice surfaces without cutting them up.

Dean Caron, Kroppy Cup Memorial Pond Hockey tournament coordinator, noted there are some cracks and divots in the ice, which is to be expected. The upcoming weather forecast shouldn't make things any easier, he added.

That said, he's happy with the state of the ice at this point, but he could still use some extra hands helping with the ice in the week and a half leading up to the event.

To contact Caron, call 807-548-3098, 807-464-4462 or email [email protected]

For more information:

Preperations for Kroppy Cup underway

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada schedule revealed

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