Women's Hockey Tournament Draws Players to Homer


     The Homer Winter Jamboree Women’s Hockey Tournament will take place this weekend. Hockey players of various skill levels from all over Alaska will gather to participate in a round-robin competition.

     The tournament is in its third year and has attracted participants from all over the state to test their skills in a competition at the Kevin Bell Arena. 

     Leslie Slater is a participant in the tournament. She says the idea was lifted from a similar tournament in Juneau. Several Homer locals had taken part in that event and wanted to bring that enjoyment to Homer.

     "It's been a lot of fun for everybody and it's grown every year," said Slater.

     While the tournament started out relatively small and attracted mostly Homer residents, it has steadily become more popular in the three years since its inception and now hosts many more participants, from all over Alaska.

     To take part in the tournament, players must assign themselves a skill level of their hockey abilities somewhere between 1 and 10. Slater says that helps the officials determine how to structure the teams so that everyone is given an equal playing field.

     "It's sort of an unusual format ... people enter as individuals," she said.

     The tournament will take place over three days and 15 separate games. Slater says competing teams will be whittled down to just a few in the lead-up to the championship game.

     The Homer Winter Jamboree Women’s Hockey Tournament begins at 6:45pm on Friday the 18th at the Kevin Bell Arena and will continue until the championship game on Sunday. There will also be a fundraiser from 8pm to Midnight on Saturday at the Beluga Lake Lodge. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit www.homerhockey.org.