Storm could impact Atlantic hockey tournaments

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Hockey P.E.I. officials are already in contact with their counterparts in other provincial associations and working on contingency plans for Atlantic hockey championships in case their start times are affected by today’s forecasted blizzard.

Two of those tournaments are in P.E.I. — bantam AAA girls in montague and midget AAA boys in Alberton. As well, the Summerside peewee AAAs are in Fredericton.

All of those tournaments start Thursday, but Hockey P.E.I. executive director Rob Newson said the teams were scheduled to be travelling

to their destinations today, and that could prove problematic.

In addition to those teams, the Tignish Aces

were travelling to Liverpool, N.S., for the Maritime

Hockey North junior C championship, which is scheduled to start today.

Newson said the Aces and the other teams were likely to arrive in Liverpool well in advance of the storm, but the schedule could be impacted.

Newson, who was heading to Alberton Tuesday ahead of the storm to help co-ordinate the midget AAA tournament, said the Newfoundland and Labrador team was scheduled to fly into Halifax early this morning, but he said there was already indication of some flight cancellations out of the province.

Even if they do arrive, their bus trip to Alberton could be affected as heavy snowfall is expected by late this morning.

The New Brunswick and Nova Scotia teams coming to the midget AAA tournament were planning to travel by car today.

Changes to any of the schedules, Newson suggested, will be made if needed

Organizations: Maritime Hockey North

Geographic location: Alberton, Liverpool, Fredericton Newfoundland and Labrador Halifax New Brunswick Nova Scotia

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