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REPORTING · 12th April 2012
Walter McFarlane
During the final game of the Coy Cup, the Kitimat Timbits team came onto the ice to show the crowd their hockey skills. Kitimat Minor Hockey did really well fundraising in the tournament through 50/50 raffles. While Kitimat did not come away with the cup, the community did win because many clubs received funding for their activities.

The Coy Cup has come and gone, the numbers have been crunched and it was a successful event for the community of Kitimat.

The Tuesday – Thursday games of the tournament saw around 2,200 ticket sales between the 6 games. Friday was estimated to have been seen by be between 1200 and 1500 people. Saturday’s game was approximately 2000.

“Together, [the executive] raised enough money through sponsorship. We had two platinum sponsors which were Rio Tinto Alcan and the District of Kitimat, plus other businesses really sponsored us well,” said Wendy Kraft, President of the Coy Cup Association.

They executive worked hard to make sure that people came in, advertising it and giving away tickets. “I think the success of the Coy Cup is that Kitimat is a Hockey town, number 1 and the caliber of hockey was great,” said Kraft.

Many clubs and organizations were able to use the Coy Cup for fundraising. Kitimat Minor Hockey was involved in the security of the event. Parents were also involved with the 50/50 draws which took place.

At each game, the amount drawn for in the 50/50 draw increased dramatically with the Semi Final and Final game bringing in a whopping $1042 and $2507 each.

“[The money] goes back into the Kitimat Minor Hockey Association to help us keep our costs low because the amount of kids we are having is getting less and less and our funding is getting pretty small, our finances, […] we haven’t got a grant in the last few years so this kind of helps us out,” said Ron Fossl, president of Kitimat minor Hockey.

“I’d like to thank everybody who helped us and supported us through the Coy Cup. It was very successful. Especially the parents who put their time into it,” said Fossl.

The concession was done by the Kitimat Figure Skating Club. Club President Jessica Goncalves told us she believed their club had done pretty well during the week. She thanked all the people who had come out to support the concession.

The beer gardens were hosted by the Dry Grad organization. Dry Grad does the beer gardens for the whole season of Ice Demons Game. We tried to contact a representative of the committee but they were unavailable.

So now, the question which should be on everyone’s mind is: after such a successful Coy Cup, could there be an opportunity for Kitimat to make an attempt at Hockeyville? Kraft stated she would support such a movement if someone else was willing to organize it.

Did you miss a game? Videos of the tournament are on The Kitimat Daily Video Site. The Finals go up Friday.