Kincardine to host 2018/19 OFSAA hockey tournament

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By Josh Howald

The provincial high school boys hockey championships will be played in Kincardine in March, 2019.

The 16 best secondary school hockey teams from across the province will descend upon Kincardine in order to crown an Ontario champion. One would assume that arenas in Ripley, Tiverton and possibly Lucknow will be used in addition to the ice at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

OFSAA, the governing federation of 18 regional school athletic associations spread across Ontario, informed Kincardine District Secondary School of the news on Thursday.

“It is great for the school and the municipality,” said Peter Wolfe on Monday.

This is just the second time KDSS will host an OFSAA event. Kincardine will play host to the CWOSSA Track and Field Championships next month, but the only provincial championship ever to take place in town was OFSAA Girls Curling in 1997.

"It's exciting," said Doug Kennedy.

"We sent the application in and didn't really know what to expect. I didn't ever think we would get it."

Both Kennedy and Wolfe were coaches in 2012 when KDSS captured the OFSAA provincial hockey championship in Peterborough. Kincardine hosted both the boys and girls CWOSSA hockey tournaments that season. KDSS was to also host the CWOSSA tournaments in 2013, but cancelled the season due to a work-to-rule campaign. Only the boys will be in town for the 2019 OFSAA tournament.

Traditionally, the 16-team tournament is spread out over a span of four days.

This year's KDSS team bowed out in the Bluewater Athletic Association semi-finals to the Sacred Heart High School Crusaders. SHHS then won the CWOSSA tournament in Owen Sound to qualify for OFSAA, where they placed fifth.

The tournament will bring a big economic boost to town at an ideal time of year. It will also keep local hockey fans happy with a heavy schedule of top tier hockey.