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Puck ready to drop on hockey tourney

The Coal City Park Board is sponsoring its first “Coal City Face-Off” Pond Hockey Tournament.

The tournament was initiated by a local hockey player, Tyler Valiente, who asked the park board to bring ice skating and hockey back to the community.

Tyler’s passion for hockey convinced the park board to let him build an ice rink for ice skating and hockey last year. He even refurbished a small zamboni to clean the ice.

He filled the rink slowly, inch by inch, to achieve a smooth surface, and the rink was filled with hockey enthusiasts every day it was open. 

This year, Tyler requested to coordinate Coal City’s first pond hockey tournament.

He worked with a neighboring community, Wilmington, who also sponsors a tournament to develop the rules and to organize the play.

Limited to 10 teams, the first face-off will be 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at Lion’s Park in Coal City. The competition starts with a round robin to determine the placement for the playoff brackets.

Play continues on Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 11 a.m., and the single elimination tournament begins at 2 p.m. Each team is guaranteed three games.

The entry fee is $250 per team and registration forms can be obtained on the village of Coal City’s website — or at the Village Hall, 515 S. Broadway, Coal City. 

Concessions, food and beverages  will be available at the Lion’s Club with all proceeds going to benefit the city parks.

‘D’ Construction will sponsor the warm up tent for the players.

With the purchase of a new rink this year, the park board is looking forward to some cold weather and lots of fun.

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