The 28th Annual Esso Golden Ring was held January 17-19, 2014 and hosted U7 through U19 divisions. There were 175 teams in 16 different divisions including 3 NRL teams.
In addition to the 96 Calgary teams there were 59 teams from other parts of Alberta, and 15 out of province teams.
There were 338 Games on 451 hours of ice.
There were 70 on-ice officials refereeing tournament games. Referee game fees for the tournament total $18,465. The cost of “importing” referees and transporting them is an additional $3000. Plus, hotel rooms are provided free of charge to all out of town officials. Transportation is also provided to out of town officials to all of their games through volunteer drivers.
Thanks to the many volunteers from Calgary teams who filled the more than 600 volunteer slots.
Participants in the 2014 Esso Golden Ring received a lapel pin, a souvenir poster, a pen and lip balm. In addition, coaches packages contained misc. coupons, chips, and donated items.
Committee members accumulated 525 draw prizes for players, including 175 custom Esso Golden Ring practise jerseys so every team received 3 draw prizes.
All U7/U9/U10 teams (38) received participation medals for their friendship series.
The website was kept up to date with game scores all weekend.
The tournament program was available online – click here to view it.
On Saturday at Etwin & NES all U7 & U9 teams received their participation medals