It is hockey season again and that means it is time to consider which tournaments to enter in 2018-19. We hope your team will select the Victoria Playmakers Tournament and join us in Victoria, B.C. March 26 to March 30, 2019 for our thirtieth annual tournament. The Playmakers Tournament is dedicated to players 55 years of age and over, and yes, ladies are also welcome to participate as players. There will be 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ and 80+ age divisions. This is a participation tournament with a format of 3 games per team. Games will again consist of two periods of 22 minutes stop time. All games are played at G. R. Pearkes Arena, 3100 Tillicum Road, Victoria, B.C.
The total number of teams for the tournament has been set at 48. Teams are encouraged to register on-line via the tournament website using the Team Registration Tab. If you prefer, you can print the form, fill it in, and submit by mail to the Tournament Registrar (mailing address is on the entry form). ). The tournament registration fee is $950.00 Canadian payable by e-transfer (preferred) or by cheque payable to Victoria Playmakers. Those choosing to pay by e-transfer can find the necessary instructions on the e-Transfer Instructions Tab. Due to the limited number of teams you should register and submit registration fees early to guarantee a spot. Refunds, minus a $250 processing fee, will be provided for teams that notify the Registrar by 15 January 2019 that they are withdrawing. There is no refund after 15 January 2019 as the ice contracts will be set and player gifts purchased
- 1 December 2018: teams are encouraged to notify the Tournament Registrar at Registrar@victoriaplaymakers.ca if they intend to participate. A deposit is not required.
- 15 January 2019: Registration and payment due date. Last date to withdraw.
- 31 January 2019: Game schedule will be posted at the Tournament Schedule Tab.
Please note that players wishing to play in any age division, who do not have a team, can enter individually and be placed on the spares list. Again, you are encouraged to register online using the Spares Registration Form, which can be found on the Spares Tab. You may also print a copy and mail the completed form to the Spares Coordinator (mailing address is on the entry form). There is no charge to register as a spare. When and if the player is assigned to a team, he can expect to pay that team a fee (approx $75) to offset the team entrance fee. The Spares Coordinator will handle queries from individual players looking to spare and from team managers requiring extra players. The Spares Coordinator is Ian Grieve: Ph. (250) 886-0794 or email Spares@victoriaplaymakers.ca.
In addition to the hockey games we again plan to host our usual social events. These will include the Welcome Night (Tuesday March 26), with snack food available, and a Banquet (Thursday March 28). Banquet tickets (at $30.00 per person) can be reserved in advance using the online form under the Banquet Ticket Reservations Tab . Banquet tickets can also be purchased at the arena during the tournament until Wednesday March 27 at 4:00 pm. Due to catering requirements, tickets cannot be purchased at the door on the evening of the banquet.
For out of town teams, partner hotels offering discounts are identified on our website. It is requested that teams book directly with partner hotels (asking for the Victoria Playmakers group rate) and not through on-line sites such as “Expedia”. Although some on-line sites may offer the same rates, if teams/individuals book directly with the hotel a small commission goes to Playmakers (for charity) as opposed to going to the booking site. The Airline and Rental Car Tabs identify partners that offer discounts.
Please be aware that the tournament could have games scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We would hope that teams are available to play on any of these days, but if not, we will do our best to accommodate any special requests so far as the schedule will allow. Please advise the Registrar by email at Registrar@victoriaplaymakers.ca if you have constraints.
Team Rosters must be submitted by 18 February, 2019 in order to prepare game sheets, waivers, and for listing in the Playmakers Program. Team Managers are to submit their rosters through the Submit Team Roster Tab or may email the information required by the form to Admin@victoriaplaymakers.ca. Please submit the roster alphabetically by last names. We also issue “Hockey Knight in Canada” certificates during the Banquet to players participating in the tournament who are 70+ years and 80+ years of age. Players being “Knighted” are to complete the form on the Hall of Fame Application Tab or email the information to Admin@victoriaplaymakers.ca by 14 February, 2019 so the appropriate certificate to be issued is prepared in advance of the Banquet Ceremony. Note: A knighting certificate will only be issued to a player once in each age category. Questions concerning the Knighting may be directed to Butch Boucher at Admin@victoriaplaymakers.ca or 1-250-658-4279.
New this year, the Playmakers organization will provide pucks for the pre-game warm-up.
Thank you for considering the Victoria Playmakers Tournament in Victoria, B.C. from March 26 to March 30, 2019. Please check our web-site www.victoriaplaymakers.ca for further information on events and scheduling of games as we get closer to the tournament. In an effort to help the environment and avoid paper wastage, we no longer mail out a hard copy Invitation Letter.
Playmakers Tournament Registrar
Summary of key dates:
- 1 December 2018: Teams are encouraged to notify the Tournament Registrar at Registrar@victoriaplaymakers.ca if they intend to participate. A deposit is not required.
- 15 January 2019: Registration and $950. payment deadline. Last date to withdraw.
- 31 January 2019: Game schedule will be posted on the Tournament Schedule Tab
- 14 February 2019: Team Roster submission deadline
- 14 February 2019: Hall of Fame “Knighting” application deadline
- 27 March 2019 at 4pm: Banquet ticket sales close