Christmas Challenge Hockey Tournament



The 2017 Christmas Challenge Hockey Tournament is back for its’ 13th year ! The tournament commences on Thursday, December 21st and comes to a close on Friday, December 30th. Once again the tournament will involve multiple divisions in both the Female and Male segments. The Female divisions will be positioned over a six day time period, December 22 – 27 (No games December 24/25) and the balance of the divisions will have different start and finishing dates, as listed below. As always, the rural teams that enter and who require hotel accommodations will have their schedules condensed to a three day time period December 27 – December 29.

As in past years, the tournament will be supporting the various community centres where your team plays and practices throughout the season. Tournaments such as the Christmas Challenge make it possible for these arenas to remain viable and be able provide a facility that is readily available for your team during the hockey season. We therefore encourage your team to continue to support the Christmas Challenge. Once again the tournament will take place at the Richmond, Gateway and St. Norbert Arenas and when required, it will branch out to other community centre arenas such as Southdale if required.

Listed below are the tournament divisions, dates and entry fees:

Division Level Fee
Novice (Dec. 21- Dec. 29) A1 $625.00
Female Novice (Dec. 21 – 28) A1, A2 $625.00
Minor Atom (Dec. 21 – Dec. 30) A1, A2, A3 $625.00
Atom (Dec. 21 – Dec. 29) A1, A2, A3 $625.00
Female Atom (Dec. 21 – Dec. 28) A1, A2 $625.00
Minor Peewee (Dec. 21 – 30) A1, A2, A3 $640.00
Peewee (Dec. 21 – Dec. 30) A1, A2, A3 $640.00
Female Peewee (Dec. 21 – Dec. 28) A1, A2 $640.00
Female Bantam (Dec. 21 – Dec. 28) A2 $710.00
Minor Bantam (Dec. 23 – Dec. 30) A2, A3 $710.00
Female Bantam (Dec. 21 – Dec. 28) A1 $785.00
Minor Bantam (Dec 23 – Dec. 30) A1 $785.00
Bantam (Dec. 23 – Dec. 30) A1, A2, A3 $785.00

Games will not be played on December 24th or December 25th. Some games, in the Female divisions may take place on Boxing Day. The last day of school, in most cases, is Thursday, December 21st therefore games scheduled after that date will be played throughout the daytime. Also, should we experience any game cancellations due to weather, rescheduled games may force the closing date of the tournament to be pushed back to December 30th.

Every player will once again receive a tournament souvenir and after each game will receive a drink or food product! Also, after a team’s final tournament game, a presentation will be made to the player of each team, who has been selected by his or her coaching staff, as its “Hardest Working Player” during the tournament.

You will find attached to this document the Christmas Challenge Tournament Entry Form. Please return the completed entry form and entry fee to the attention of Murray Harding at the address listed at the bottom of the form. You may also email the completed document to or fax it to 204-261-8961. If you choose to email or fax the entry form, payment is to be received within five (5) days of the transmission in order to guarantee a position in the tournament. The tournament entry fee is non refundable after Tuesday, November 1, 2017.

With all the activities that do take place just prior to Christmas, we will be forwarding all tournament schedules, rules and other pertinent information via email to the team coaches and managers.

The South Winnipeg CC – Richmond Site and Gateway Recreation Centre are looking forward to having your team being a part of the Christmas Challenge and should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate contacting me via email at

Murray Harding
Tournament Chairman/General Manager, SWCC – Richmond Site

Please visit the 2017 tournament web site for entry forms, rules, schedules and results

Updated: September 15, 2017

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