Mar 23, 2019 | ALLIANCE Hockey | 1737 views
2019 Toyota Challenge Concludes
Waterloo, ON - The Waterloo Minor Bantam AAA squad and the Tomakomai All-Stars played an entertaining game on Saturday, March 23rd at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex to conclude the 22nd Annual Toyota Hockey Challenge. The Waterloo Wolves were able to seal the victory over the Japanese team by scoring with 6.4 seconds remaining in the 3rd period to break the 5-5 tie!
The final game marked the culmination of the Tomakomai All-Stars 5-day visit to Canada. The Toyota Hockey Challenge represents a cultural exchange between Japan and Canada, via hockey. Through the mutual support of Toyota Motor Hokkaido (TMH) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC), the exchange sends and receives 13 &14 year old boys to the hosting team’s country to learn about cultural differences, and of course, play hockey. The opportunity is offered to the AAA Minor Bantam Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo teams. The dispatch of teams alternates each year between Japan and Canada.
Saturday's game also featured a second-intermission shoot out between select Peewee AAA players from the Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Minor Hockey Associations. During the 2019-20 season, the Minor Bantam AAA teams from these 3 Associations will compete in round robin play to determine the top 2 teams who will compete in a one-game showdown for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Japan for the next reciprocal visit.
March 2020 will mark the 12th time that a team from the Tri-Cities will travel to Japan (Cambridge=5 trips, Kitchener=2 trips and Waterloo= 4 trips).
Our thanks is extended to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2019 Toyota Hockey Challenge, especially Toyota Motor Hokkaido (TMH) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC). Our sincere appreciation also goes out to all of the volunteers who have helped to make the event a success, including those from the Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Minor Hockey Associations.
Congratulations to both clubs on an exciting game and for proving that hockey has no boundaries when it comes to sportsmanship and camaraderie. Check out some of the photos here!