Juanita Champagne
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This January 13-14 marked the first time Sunrise entered a team in Camp Evergreen’s “Pond Hockey Tournament” to raise funds to help support the ministry of Evergreen of drawing kids, youth and families to Jesus.    The annual tournament is a great day!  It’s competitive, but friendly and wholesome fun! 

The ice was smooth, the air was crisp, and the Sunrise Saints were on their game. This was the first year Sunrise Community Church entered a team in Camp Evergreen’s annual 3-on-3 Pond Hockey Tournament, which took place January 14th, 2017. The Sunrise Saints were one of almost ten teams this year who helped to raise nearly $30,000 for camp ministry programs bringing kids, youth, and families to Jesus. Though the Saints did not come home tournament champions, they certainly came out sticks a ’blazing. Their first game was a hockey classic, the puck changing possession nearly as often as the team’s 6 players switched out lines. As the game came to a close, the Saints edged out ahead 7-6 and ready for their next game . . . after a breather. Games were fast and furious, taking place every 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Camp Evergreen staff kept the ice in tip-top shape (who knew a quad could double as a Zamboni?!). The atmosphere couldn’t have gotten any more Canadian. The snow was freshly fallen and the weather helped to make for the best ice conditions the 8th annual tournament has ever seen. In total, more than 150 players and family members came out for good old fashioned hockey, wagon rides, and fun family activities. In the end, the Saints made it all the way to the quarter finals, losing to a team with a ringer from the NCAA (say what?!).  Though the team could have used a massage or an ice bath afterwards, the Saints are looking forward to coming back swinging at next year’s tournament. For now, congratulations to the tournament champions, the District 5 Slugs, and the weekend’s top fundraisers, the Dalhousie Divers! Be sure to check out the pictures of the weekend and it will be like you were there. See you next year, when the Saints will “rise” again!