Clearwater Minor Hockey president Hans Wadlegger asked council during its Dec. 16 meeting to waive the ice fees at the Sportsplex when the association hosts the Tier 4 Midget provincial hockey championships.
The tournament will be held March 15 – 20 but could last longer, depending on the number of teams enrolled.
Ice fees for the tournament would be about $3,000, depending on the number of days the event lasts.
Between six and eight teams are expected, which should bring in a fair number of visitors’ dollars at an otherwise quiet time of year.
Clearwater hosted the Midget provincials last year as well. To avoid burn-out, organizers will target the larger businesses and those that directly benefit when asking for donations, Wadlegger said.
Mayor John Harwood commented that hosting the provincial tournament is one benefit coming from the construction of new changing rooms at the ice arena done a few years ago.
As with similar requests, council took the matter under advisement for a decision at a later date.