Blues host five teams for weekend non-profit tournament

The inaugural Cottage Cup will be a showcase for Ontario junior hockey players who will skate in front of college scouts.

The Collingwood Jr. “A” hockey team will host a six-team tournament which organizers say will be an annual event designed to give players the chance to be seen by college scouts.

This weekend, Collingwood Blues will host the inaugural Cottage Cup, welcoming five scouting teams from Ontario and the NCAA to watch the action on the ice.

This is one of the first times in a year and a half that the Blues can accommodate a large number of spectators at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.

Ticket prices will be kept low as the tournament is non-profit. There will also be tickets reserved as free entry for families who may face financial hurdles to attend a local hockey game.

“The game plan is to make the Blues a real Collingwood team,” said Terry Geddes, chairman of the team’s board of directors. “We’ve all had a year and a half of restrictions, now the Blues are saying go out and have fun at a hockey game.”

Based on current restrictions, the Blues can accommodate spectators to fill about half the capacity of the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, allowing around 650 people in each game.

Geddes said the team aims to make the Cottage Cup an annual event.

This year the tournament will feature the Collingwood Blues, Ottawa Sens Jr., Navan Grads, Cobourg Cougars, Trenton Golden Hawks and North York Rangers.

Matches will be on Saturday September 18 starting at 10 a.m. with the final match starting at 6 p.m. and Sunday September 19 starting at 9 a.m. with the final match starting at 4:20 p.m. There will be 12 matches in total, and Collingwood Blues will play at least three games.

Admission is $ 20 for a day pass and $ 30 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available online at ticketpro.ca.

Those wishing to ask questions about free admission can email info@cwoodblues.com or call Chris Potts at 705-441-5576.

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