The Nelson Blueliners are icing a roster they hope will be able to take back the Icebreaker title from the Vernon Vixens.

The Nelson Blueliners are icing a roster they hope will be able to take back the Icebreaker title from the Vernon Vixens.

Blueliners host 18th annual International Icebreaker in Nelson

Spring is here and the Nelson Blueliners are hosting the 18th Annual Nelson Icebreaker this coming weekend.

Spring is here and the Nelson Blueliners are hosting the 18th Annual Nelson Icebreaker this coming weekend. The nine-team tournament includes three Nelson teams playing in the two tier tournament.

The advanced division includes the host Nelson Blueliners, the Trail Cougars, Vernon Vixens, the Shuswap Storm and the Spokane Stars.  The Shuswap Storm are first time contenders, while Trail and Spokane have sent teams since the initial tournament in 1994.

The Blueliners will be looking to take the Icebreaker crown back from last year’s victors, the Vernon Vixens.

The tourney includes an intermediate division for the first time in a few years. Also a first – there are two Nelson squads vying for the Intermediate laurels. Both teams will be wearing the Thorman Driller colours. The Creston Jets and the Midway Black Betty’s will be taking on the hometown squads in the intermediate tier.

Come on out and cheer the home town teams to victory at both the NDCC and the Civic Centre. Games start at 6:45 Friday night and run until the final for the advanced division at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

Admission is free.