HUNTSVILLE - The 2013 Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships will not be coming back to Huntsville.
Officials with the event stated in a website release (canadapondhockey.ca) that Deerhurst Resort, which has hosted the tournament on Sunset Bay since its inception in 2006, will no longer be the host venue.
In a telephone interview with the Weekender, tournament executive director Neil Lumsden confirmed that the event would not be taking place in the Town of Huntsville as in pervious years.
“Unfortunately, no,” he said Thursday afternoon. “This is the result of a couple of things, one is the fact that we couldn’t come to a deal with Deerhurst. They wanted the deal struck a little bit differently and that is their prerogative … we also approached the town for basically their support of outside events (such as pond hockey) coming in, like the commitment they were going to make to the Ironman Canada event. But that didn’t happen.”
The tournament, which did not run last year because of poor ice conditions, annually brings in more than 1,700 players on more than 260 teams during the course of the two weekends.
See this Wednesday’s edition of the Huntsville Forester for more details.