You know when you wake up from a great sleep feeling like a fresh faced 27 year old only to spot your reflection in the mirror and realize you’re older. You see the grey’s and the laugh lines and think “where did the last 10 years go?” Ya, me neither. […]
You know when you wake up from a great sleep feeling like a fresh faced 27 year old only to spot your reflection in the mirror and realize you’re older. You see the grey’s and the laugh lines and think “where did the last 10 years go?” Ya, me neither. But without even realizing it, CHE is thrilled that we’re now in our 10th year of running our Tournament of Champions (TOC) events. So I have to ask, where did the last 10 years go?
It was shortly after another successful spring adult tournament season in 2009 where we sat down as a group to figure out how we could re-ignite our fall adult tournaments and someone brought up the idea of making our November 5 – 8, 2009 Las Vegas Men’s Hockey Tournament into the inaugural Tournament of Champions. We did some research and found a beautiful replica Stanley Cup, added some extra details such as Champions Champion jackets for divisional winners and the TOC was born. The impact was felt immediately. Our November Las Vegas tournament went from 12 teams in 2008 to 32 teams in 2009 and we knew we were onto something. This November 7 – 10 will be the 10th consecutive season that tournament champions and finalist will head to Vegas for their chance to get their names on the TOC CUP.
We began to offer $500 discounts to Champion teams, and $250 discounts to Silver medal winners. And suddenly we didn’t have enough room in our Las Vegas TOC, so 3 years later we decided to expand the TOC series to our Montreal Adult Hockey Tournament in November. We expanded both Montreal and Las Vegas to include women’s divisions as well, and once again we saw a huge amount of interest from teams. We bought a 2nd TOC CUP and away we went. This November 8 – 10 will be our 7th season running a Tournament of Champions tournament in Montreal and we expect it to be the best tournament yet. We’re also running the Bob Gainey Classic Boy’s AAA / AA Hockey Tournament that same weekend so the atmosphere in the city and at the arena will be palpable.
After 4 years in Las Vegas and a great first season in Montreal we decided to expand the Tournament of Champions series yet again. It was decided that there were teams in the West that didn’t want to go to Las Vegas (why?) and were almost certainly not going to Montreal (people do not travel east-west, they go north-south) and the TOC in Banff was born. Surrounded by the Rockies the town of Banff is as picturesque as it gets, and with great hotels, amazing restaurants and a beautiful arena it was a no brainer as the next stop in our TOC series. This November 15 – 17 will mark the 6th season the TOC has been held in Banff and it’s going to be another amazing event for attendees.
There’s still room to register your team for one of these amazing events so whether you want to go to Las Vegas, Montreal or Banff, this November you can see if your team has what it takes to be a Champions Champion.
Canadian Hockey Enterprises