Craig Pee Wee hockey tournament set for Saturday

Cold Corner Cup schedule

Games begin in the morning Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and play resumes after open skating sessions Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday start: 11:30 a.m. (one game)

Saturday resume: 4:30 p.m. (three games)

Sunday start: 7:30 a.m. (four games)

Sunday resume: 4:30 p.m. (three games)

Monday start: 9 a.m.

Monday championship: 10:30 a.m.

The hockey season is in its late stages for many teams in the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association, but the Craig Cougars Pee Wee team still has a major local event to come.

The Cold Corner Cup, a tournament and fundraiser held annually at the Moffat County Ice Arena, is this weekend in Craig, with the Cougars hosting three other teams. From Saturday through Monday morning, the round-robin tournament will feature 13 games along with door prizes, raffles and other competitions for fans and locals in between.

“It’s one of our bigger fundraisers for the Pee Wee age group,” said John Doane, the Pee Wee (12 and under) Cougars coach. “So the more the merrier if you want to watch some pretty good youth hockey.”

Craig will host the Wild from Gillette, Wyo., the Boulder Thunder and the Santa Fe, N.M., Ravens. Beginning Saturday at 11:30 a.m., each team will play the other three and then the two with the best records will square off for the championship at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Open skating at the ice arena will still go on Saturday and Sunday as scheduled, so play for the Cold Corner Cup will resume on those days at 4:30 p.m., after skating has ended.

Aside from the hockey, there will be several other reasons to head to the Ice Arena during the weekend. They will raffle off a hockey stick coffee table, have gift baskets available as door prizes and allow fans to participate in a puck toss between games.

The puck toss involves throwing a hockey puck onto the ice with the aim of the being the closest to the center when it comes to rest.

“It’s kind of fun actually,” Doane said. “You get to sit in the stands and toss a puck over the glass and see how close it can get to the center line.”

There also will be Cold Corner Cup shirts on sale, with design work from Identity Graphics and Chaos Ink, Doane said.

It all adds up to an exciting weekend of hockey, which the coach hopes plenty of community members will attend.

“There are just a lot of fun things to do and all the money raised this weekend goes toward the Craig Youth Hockey Association,” he said. “Any money spent is definitely going to help our team and our organization.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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