Alberta Pond Hockey Association
The Alberta Pond Hockey Association is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2006 under the Societies Act in the Province of Alberta and hosted the first pond hockey event in February 2007.
Between 2007 and 2011 the event continued to grow, attracting teams from all over Alberta and a few teams from Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Registrations increased tremendously in five years from 36 teams in 2007 to almost 90 in 2011.
Following the 2011 event, the Alberta Pond Hockey Association decided to put the event on hold for one year, due to volunteer fatigue. The amount of work that goes into running this event is incredible. In late-spring, early summer 2012 an entirely new association was elected to the board of directors and what had quickly become northern Alberta’s favourite winter event returned to Lac Cardinal in 2013. While the event was smaller than some of the previous participants had come to expect, with just 30 teams. The event had a successful year in 2016 with 24 teams registered and a new Junior League developed. The new association has been able to attract new teams from all over Canada and even internationally. Some years there has been 60+ teams out at Lac Cardinal Provincial Park. Every year there are new surprises and elements added to the tournament.