The Nelson Bantam Leafs are hosting the B.C. Hockey Bantam Rep Tier 3 Championship this week. Photo: Tyler Harper

Bantam provincials open in Nelson

The Nelson Leafs are one of nine teams vying for the title

The puck has dropped on the bantam hockey provincials in Nelson.

Nine teams, including the Nelson Leafs, are taking part in the BC Hockey Bantam Rep Tier 3 Championship. The tournament opened yesterday and will run through Wednesday at both the Nelson and District Community Complex and the Civic Centre.

Sandy Boyd, co-tournament director with the Nelson Minor Hockey Association, said over 40 volunteers are working to help showcase Nelson during the event.

“It’s been a lot of work but it’s great to see it all coming together and we’ve had lots of positive feedback from other teams, so it’s good.”

The Leafs opened the event with a 5-4 win over the Penticton Vees on Sunday morning before facing the Terrace Kermodes after the opening ceremony later in the evening.

Nelson then plays the Dawson Creek Canucks at 4 p.m. on Monday at the NDCC, and finishes preliminary play Tuesday against the Sunshine Coast Blues 4 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

The bronze-medal game is set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the gold-medal game at 8 p.m.

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