Two Orléans community associations are taking to the rink to decide which has the best hockey skills.
The Cardinal Creek Community Association and the Chapel Hill South Community Association will play their annual Winter Classic hockey game on Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Glandriel Park outdoor rink.
“This not only recognizes Hockey Day in Canada but the outdoor rink program and volunteers that we have,” said Cardinal Creek president Sean Crossan. “They volunteer to keep the rinks open for thousands of kids.”
It’s the fifth time the community associations have played in the friendly match.
In 2012, Chapel Hill won the title, but Cardinal Creek took the game in 2011 – so it could be anyone’s game.
Crossan estimated a turnout of 100 to 200 fans for the game, which is free and open to all who want to participate.
“Anyone in Cardinal Creek can play as long as they sign up,” Crossan said.
Local singer Brant Pethick will sing O Canada.
The first game will be for youth ages four to 14, with the second half of the game for the older teens and adults.
In between games will be a small soapbox derby, hot chocolate and pizza donated by sponsor Gabriel Pizza.
The community association has invited the mayor, local councillors and politicians to join in on the game.
Crossan said they’re hoping that Chapel Hill doesn’t bring any secret weapons – NHL player Erik Gudbranson’s mom is on the Chapel Hill board of directors.
“We’re hoping he’s out of town,” Crossan said with a laugh. “But it doesn’t matter who wins, it’s all about community spirit, it’s all about Canada’s game.”
To register to play in the Winter Classic, visit www.cardinalcreek.org.