Downtown Steinbach will be humming this weekend as hundreds of hockey players and their parents come here for the annual Silver Stick peewee hockey tournament. Tournament spokesperson Tim Friesen says it should be a very good few days for local businesses.
"We've got 24 teams between the three divisions. That's close to 300 athletes plus their parents and families. It's going to be busy. It's a huge economic boost. The restaurants are going to be packed and the stores, places like Source for Sports and Sport Chek, they are going to have people coming to get skates sharpened and so on."
Cassandra Kornelson of Steinbach Parks and Recreation says she received a number of phone calls this week from out of town guests who are here for the weekend asking about things like restaurants and activities they can take part in.
Friesen adds it takes a huge volunteer effort to make a tournament like this happen.
"This weekend alone, just to run our games, takes 180 volunteer shifts. That's all covered by parents of our Steinbach minor teams that are playing in the tournament. So, not only do you need to get your kids to the rink, you've got to show up and run the score clock, you've got to run the 50/50, you have to sit at the silent auction table, it's ongoing for everybody and that doesn't count all the administration that goes into registering teams and coming up with the schedules and that kind of stuff."
The tournament continues through Sunday at the T.G. Smith Centre.
This is the first of four consecutive weekends of major hockey and ringette tournaments in Steinbach.