Stride Place will be home to the U15 'SCOREDEN' Cup tournament.
Some of the best young indigenous hockey teams from around the province will be meeting in Portage to crown a champion. The Dakota Warriors are the host team and head coach Kyle Pashe says it should be a fun weekend.
"We have five teams that are going to be playing this weekend," says Pashe. "Each of them will have two games on Friday, two games on Saturday, and then the single-knockout playoffs are on Sunday."
The coach notes that 'SCOREDEN' is a hockey apparel brand that was created by his son, and Warriors team captain, Lyndon Taylor-Pashe.
The brand is sold by Kyle's Red Eagle Design company, which will be taking part heavily in the organization of this tournament. Pashe says this event will be about exposing these players to a new style of hockey as well as continuing to promote the 'SCOREDEN' and 'Red Eagle Design' brands.
The head coach adds they have fared quite well in their tournaments so far but they are hoping this will be the first one where they can finally come out on top.
"At the All Nations tournament, we placed third and in the Treaty 2 tournament in Dauphin, we placed second. It was a tough final," Pashe explains. "In Regina, we didn't do too well, but the teams were elite and the boys battled hard and didn't give up."
Pashe notes this weekend's tournament will be the last one they participate in for a while. The Warriors plan to take a break to practice hard before returning to action in the summer. He says the team is really excited to kick things off.
"The guys are eager to win. They love hockey, so they keep wanting to play, and having these opportunities for them is great," Pashe continues. "A lot of them have been working hard and trying to get their skill level up. So, they want to play with the best."
The action begins today at 11 a.m. with the final taking place on Sunday. All games will be going down at Stride Place.