Everyone who is involved with The Kimmett Cup hockey tournament is so excited about the full return of the much-loved annual event.  

The Kimmett Cup 2023 will happen February 10-12, 2023, at Mitford Pond and Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.  

Early bird registration is now open, $300 per team, and will remain open until December 6th at 12 p.m. after that, registration will increase to $450 per team.   

For those who are new to the area, The Kimmett Cup is a 3-on-3 pond hockey tournament held annually in memory of Lindsay Leigh Kimmett who passed away in a car accident in 2008. The tournament benefits the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization started by Lindsay’s family after her death. 

Over the past 14 years, the event has grown to attract teams from all over to partake in the fun, family, and community-based event that raises funds for important charities. Prior to her tragic death, Lindsay was enrolled in medical school at the U of C. Reid Kimmett, Lindsay’s brother says, “She wanted to dedicate her life to helping people so that’s sort of what her legacy has become and what we’ve tried to build through Kimmett Cup and the Monumental Tournament of Aces. It is a way to continue some of that work, a way to continue to help people as she would have in her life. I think we all feel, if we can do that then in some ways, she’s never really gone she’s still here kind of doing her thing.” 

The return of the Saturday evening banquet that had to be cancelled last year due to gathering size restrictions is very important to organizers including Kimmett, “The hockey is the core of the event that’s what gets us together, but the banquet is the heart of the event and tells the true story of the meaning of it.” 

A new feature this year to The Kimmett Cup is the introduction of a Men’s Division instead of having strictly co-ed teams. They have found the co-ed rule is not always inclusive as not everyone knows of women players who can play with them. As they continue to grow the tournament Reid says down the road they also hope to include all women’s teams as well.   

Kimmett says after the last two years they are excited to get back to the basics and the core spirit of the event and what it is all about. The goal is to get the event back to the scale it was at pre-pandemic. The most teams ever registered was 56 and organizers are hoping to be in that range this year as they continue to grow the event for participants, the community, charities, and for Lindsay.  

Everyone is invited to lace up for a good cause and enjoy the family-friendly event.