Hal Rockburn Provincial Qualifier - Floor Hockey

posted Apr 4, 2014, 8:54 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 8:56 AM ]

On Saturday March 22nd, 12 Special Olympic teams from across Ontario competed in a competitive floor hockey tournament at Quinte Secondary School in Belleville Ontario. This tournament, known as the Hal Rockburn Provincial Qualifier, is the stepping stone for these athletes to advance to the next level of competition. Each of the 12 teams played multiple floor hockey games throughout the day in an attempt to earn a position at the provincial championship in May 2015. 

Teams were divided into four divisions to start the tournament. Divisions included teams close to the same level of competition. The four divisions included the Senators, Leafs, Canadiens, and Jets. Following close games in the morning, teams secured a spot in each of the division finals. After winning their game early in the afternoon, London Blazers came out on top of the Leafs division, just managing to beat their opponents 6-4. After a high scoring game, Lennox and Addington Lightning topped the Jets division with a 10-7 win. The Canadiens division started out a little differently, Guelph tied their first game against the Kingston Kanucks and went on to beat the Peterborough Wolves 4-2 in their final game. One win and a tie allowed them to still take first place in the Canadiens division. Following two great games, Brockville Islanders defeated their opponents and took first place in the Senators division.

Special Olympics teams from London, Ottawa, Brockville, Kingston, Napanee, Peterborough, Guelph and Durham all took part in the tournament competing against one another. All athletes brought an extensive amount of competition and sportsmanship onto the playing surface. At the end of the day every team had fun competing. Teams who advance to the next level of competition will compete in the provincial championship in Ottawa in May 2015.