The idea of hockey in June is typically reserved for the late stages of the NHL playoffs, but not in Ladysmith.
In June, 10 years ago, the last time the Vancouver Island community took up their sticks, they set a world record.
Next month, they’ll try to do it again.
“We’re going to attempt another world record, which is the largest street hockey tournament in one day,” says organizer Pat Battie.
In 2007, more than 2,000 people turned out, sticks in hand, to help Ladysmith celebrate its birthday.
The group raised $10,000 to support youth sports in the community.
It also set the Guiness World Record for a street hockey tournament.
But it didn’t last long.
“It took somebody six months to beat it,” according to Battie, “so this time we’re going to kill it.”
Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Richard Brodeur will be there.
There will be food, entertainment and displays of hockey memorabilia.
Funds raised will support youth sports and Wounded Warriors.
“It’s a big community event. We don’t want to be serious we’re just out there to get as many people involved as we can,” Battie enthused, “kids, older ages we’re just going to fill the streets up again and have a blast.”
The one day tournament will take to Ladysmith streets on June 4th.
Those interested in participating or volunteering to help can visit the links section at www.cheknews.ca.