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Little Bands tournament back in 2016

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Little Bands Tournament organizers, Stephen Fiddler, Jethro Tait, and Ziggy Beardy made the announcement at Dryden Memorial Arena with Deputy mayor Martin MacKinnon and the DDC’s Nicole Gale. Photo by Michael Christianson

By Michael Christianson

The city of Dryden and Little Bands Native Hockey Tournament announced on Monday that the tournament will return to the Dryden Memorial Arena for it’s fifteenth annual tournament during the week of February 7.

This year organizers are aiming to grow the tournament to accept 50+ teams representing youth from ages four to sixteen.

Organizer Ziggy Beardy was happy to have the tournament in Dryden again and stressed why Dryden was the best choice.

“The convenience of the two ice surfaces side by side was a big factor. Also the convenience of the restaurants, the hotels, the parking, it all made a big decision in why we came back here,” said Beardy.”

Beardy says interest in the tournament has been coming since the end of last year’s competition and they have already had several teams looking to sign up before a formal announcement was made.

Deputy mayor Martin MacKinnon attended the announcement on behalf of Dryden.

“The city of Dryden and its Dryden development corporation are happy to be chosen by Little Bands to come to our community again,” said MacKinnon. “We look forward to some really good hockey and we thank them for choosing us once again.”

Teams wishing to register, or anyone looking for more information can contact


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