Lordco Islanders to represent Courtenay at upcoming recreation hockey tournament ‘world championship’

The Lordco Islanders “Old Timers“ hockey team is heading to Richmond. B.C., for the Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Association (CARHA) World Cup.

The CARHA Hockey World Cup is organized every four years in a select Canadian city, and is an event that attracts participants from all across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Over 148 adult recreational hockey teams from more than 15 countries will travel to Richmond for this week-long event, which runs March 29 – April 5.

The event has been labeled the “Olympics” of rec hockey and since its inception, it has grown to be the largest international adult rec hockey tournament in the world. The CARHA World Cup and the organization have attracted players such as Bryan Trottier, Cam Neely, Phil Esposito, Kirk MacLean and more.

The Lordco Islanders are affectionally known as “a drinking team with a hockey problem,” with players ranging in age from 40 to 56.

“When it’s time to don the hockey equipment we are there to play ‘for the love of the game’ and the cold refreshments and stories afterward,” said Stuart Lavoie. “The team was formed 15 years ago, has gone through some player changes, but the core of the team is still well intact. We are like family during the hockey season and in the off-season; we are like every other hockey player and get our off-season training on the golf course.”

Most of the Islanders participated in the 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup in Sault St. Marie, which was, by all accounts, an amazing experience.

“In the 2012 World Cup Tournament we played teams from Switzerland, Latvia, Fitchburg USA and the Sioux Lookout,” said Lavoie. “In 2016 the tournament was held in Windsor, Ontario and we won our division and brought home the first-ever World Cup to Courtenay after playing teams from Switzerland, two teams from Finland and defeating the local Windsor team to become ‘world champions.’ We are looking forward to participating in the 2020 CARHA World Cup Tournament in Richmond and being able to connect with the other players from all over the world and be reacquainted with old friends.”

The Islanders Hockey Club plays 40 games per season on Vancouver Island, which includes two tournaments, including the Pacific Cup Hockey Tournament in Victoria, consisting of 140 teams from the United States and Canada (also hosted by CARHA Hockey).

The Lordco Islanders Hockey team have made all the arrangements to attend the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup in Richmond and look forward to another outstanding and amazing tournament. If your business or company is interested in helping out the Islanders Hockey Team with any type of sponsorship, contact islandershockeyteam@gmail.com and they will be return your inquiry.

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