International ATC Hockey Tournament lands in Cornwall
March 04, 2014
The Benson Centre and NAV CENTRE will be host to the 41st edition of the International Air Traffic Controllers Hockey Tournament from Tuesday March 4th through Friday March 7th, 2014.
Approximately 300 players and supporters – hailing from all over Canada, the U.S., Russia and Europe – will take part.
“This is a one of a kind event in our industry that brings together our brothers and sisters from other air traffic control units and organizations in a spirit of camaraderie and charity,” says Dave Johnson, an organizer and Air Traffic Controller from Vancouver.
“Participants take advantage of travel, some with their families, to cities they might have not otherwise had the chance to see and to build bonds with people in their industry they would not have otherwise met.”
The annual event is held in a different location every year, with recent events hosted in locations such as Cleveland, OH, St Johns, NL, Fort Worth, TX, Calgary, AB and Helsinki, Finland. Next year’s destination is Lake Bled, Slovenia.
The event benefits a charity selected by that year’s organizing committee, which is made up of NAV CANADA employees from Vancouver and surrounding areas. NAV CANADA is also a sponsor of this year’s event.
“We’re very happy to say that proceeds of the 41st International ATC Hockey Tournament will benefit the Autism Society of Canada (ASC), which provides a much-needed, collective voice for the autism community in Canada,” says Johnson.
Tournament participants will be staying at the NAV CENTRE. A total of 40 games will be played at the Benson Centre over the tournament to crown the champions. Cornwall Transit is also assisting in the event by providing transportation for the competitors to and from the venue.
“The NAV CENTRE is a great place to host a large hockey tournament, with comfortable lodging, great dining options and quick access to Cornwall’s modern hockey facilities,” says Kim Coe-Turner, General Manager of the NAV CENTRE. “We are committed to bringing new events like this one to the region and are looking forward to welcoming participants and their families to our beautiful city.”
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