This past weekend, teams from across Alberta and Saskatchewan gathered in Lacombe for the Annual Ice Breaker Tournament. There was plenty of excitement come Sunday, when the finals were being played!
As a special treat to the teams, the organizers wanted to provide each team with some action shots of the Final Games. That’s where I come in! I have honestly never been to a ringette game and although it looks very similar to a hockey game, I actually think Ringette is harder. Instead of stopping a round puck with an extended piece of hockey stick blade, these ladies had only a stick, and needed to be precise in hitting the centre of that round ring when it came flying at them. Now, I was never good at baseball because I couldn’t get the bat to meet the ball (ever!)…so I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be good a ringette either! But these ladies were amazing to watch! And the older they were, boy did they get fast on the ice!
Thanks for including me in this fun day of ringette and for letting me come out onto the ice to photograph many of you! Watching your amazing talents made me wish that I knew how to play the sport (or at least know how to skate better!).
“Since the early 1960s, the sport has continued to grow and currently boasts nearly 30,000 registered players on nearly 2000 teams, with over 8000 coaches and over 1500 officials. While it is primarily a female sport, there are currently over 700 males playing ringette across the country.
Ringette, like hockey, is played on ice with skates and sticks with six players per team on the ice at once. The objective is to score goals by shooting the object of play into the opposing team’s net at either end of the rink during stop-time periods of play. But this is where the comparisons between ringette and hockey really end. The stick is straight. The object being pursued by the players is a rubber ring, not a puck. There is no intentional body contact. And the rules of ringette make it a wide-open and dynamic sport.“
Number of ringette registrations in Canada: 2017-2018 – 31,168
Provincial breakdown (2017-2018 season):
British Columbia: 2,167
New Brunswick: 1,334
Nova Scotia: 1,040
Prince Edward Island: 817
Newfoundland and Labrador: 0
Northwest Territories: 0
The following are the age divisions in ringette:
Here’s a few pictures from the weekend:
The online galleries linked below are private and password protected. The gallery will be hosted for 30 days. You can download a free digital copy of any image you choose. As the gallery is secure, your team contact (mentioned below) will provide you with the password to use. If you haven’t received it, please contact him/her directly, their names are mentioned below.
U10-2 Final – Lacombe Bolts (contact Megan Miller) vs Drayton Valley Dream Team (contact Sara Emmonds). Online Gallery Link – HERE
U12A Final – Bow View Voltage (contact Michelle Chemilli) vs South Calgary Ambush (contact Michelle Byers). Online Gallery Link – HERE
U12B Final – Regina Predators (contact Loreley Chekay) vs NW Calgary Tsunami (contact RaeAnn Rivard). Online Gallery Link – HERE
U14 Final – Bowview Warriors (contact Krista Wilkie) vs Lacombe Edge (contact Cheryl Talma). Online Gallery Link – HERE
U16 Final – Calgary NW Nitro (contact Suzy Potter) vs Lacombe Edge (contact Colleen Shippelt). Online Gallery Link – HERE
U19 Final – Lacombe Edge (contact Laura Litwin) vs Strathmore Ice Holes (contact Coreena Hunter). Online Gallery Link – HERE
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