IRON RIVER – Although there could only be one winner, the fourth annual Dragon Cup three-on-three floor hockey tournament was a full day of fun for kids, parents, former Iron River students and community members who took part.
The event held on March 25 was the first Dragon Cup tournament to be held following a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic. This year, six teams made up of no more than seven players signed up.
The Dragon Cup floor hockey tournament was first organized as the main fundraiser to offset costs for Grade 6 to 8 students taking part in Iron River School’s Jasper ski trip.
Starting six years ago, the tournament and silent auction is a way for the community to help remove the financial barriers for students to be able to go on the overnight field trip, explained Iron River School Principal Dustin Blake.
The tournament generates about $3,000 towards the trip, said Blake, adding that the event would not be possible without the generosity of the community and sponsors.
Coming in first place and claiming the Dragon Cup trophy and a $400 cash prize was the Northern Pikes. In a heated gold medal game, the Northern Pikes usurped the reigning two-time champions The Army.
Moves like Jagr came in third place after a great matchup with the Rednecks. The third-place team received a YouTube link to “Better hockey skills.”
Team Blades of Steel would go on to defeat the Long Shots in the battle for fifth place.