Seventeen Peewee players from Aldergrove will travel to Japan to compete in a Friendship Hockey Tournament against players from five other countries. The local team has fundraised for over two years to be able to take part in the overseas sports experience. (Submitted photo)

Aldergrove Peewee players embark on ‘experience of a lifetime’

Team will fly to Japan for international Friendship Hockey tournament

Aldergrove’s Friendship Hockey team has had its sights set on Japan for more than two years now.

The 17 team members who play for the Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association, have fundraised the past two years in order to pay for their trip to Japan, which they will embark on this week.

Organizer of the local Friendship league, Lindsay Thorley, says the boys are about to embark on “an experience of a lifetime.”

The Peewee-level hockey team – ages 12 and 13 – have participated in bi-annual tournaments since the team’s inception in 2017.

Aldergrove is one of two Canadian hockey teams participating, the other being a team from Cranbrook.

The founder of the Japanese-hosted tournament – businessman Tadakiyko Kaneiri – had a dream of having an international hockey tournament in his own city, Hachinohe, after attending the 1986 Minor Hockey Atom B Invitational Tournament in Aldergrove.

RELATED: Aldergrove just became a whole lot ‘friendlier’

The first Friendship Hockey Tournament was hosted just three years after in Hachinohe.

Kaneiri “believes that bringing youth together from all over the world in an atmosphere where the emphasis is placed on fair play, sportsmanship, mutual respect and cultural exchange would develop greater tolerance and understanding, and forge life long friendships,” Thorley explained.

All of Aldergrove’s players will be assigned home stay or host families for the duration of their stay in Japan.

“The tradition of host families has continued in each tournament,” Thorley explained.

Other countries that will face-off against the Aldergrove team in Japan include various contingents from cities within Australia, Prague, Czech Republic, New Zealand and the United States.

“One of our coaches is former Friendshipper himself and one of our players will be staying with a man who played in the original tournament himself in 1986,” Thorley said.

The Aldergrove team will depart from the new Aldergrove community centre early morning on Thursday (April 25) to compete overseas.

Just Posted

A happy Thanksgiving for ‘bully breed’ dog rescue

Shelter raises awareness about dog rescue during National Adoption Weekend

Spartans defeat Mariners in overtime thriller

Langley-based hockey team opens 2019-20 regular season with an emphatic win

A good scare, for a good cause at Langley home for Halloween

The Haunted Graveyard of Brookswood starts Oct. 24

VIDEO: A loss at home for Langley Rivermen

Jake Livingstone finds net for the only Rivermen goal in a 4-1 loss to Coquitlam

Vancouver Giants wrap up prairie road swing with a 4-2 win over Regina

Milos Roman paced the Langley-based Giants with two goals, goaltender David Tendeck made 34 saves

No holiday for campaigning leaders on Thanksgiving weekend, but pace slows

There is a little over a week to go before election day, and advanced polls are now open

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

Man arrested in fatal stabbing at Surrey gas station

Victim pronounced deceased at the scene; RCMP cordon off area

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

Most Read