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Girls Hockey Tournament Has Some Big Numbers….

Girls Hockey Tournament Has Some Big Numbers….

Girls Hockey. It’s BIG in Brantford. And the Brantford Girls Hockey Association’s annual tournament is one of the biggest tournaments in the community. It consistently adds to community engagement and popularity since the league started in 1974.

This year’s 37th Annual Walter Gretzky Tournament will be held from Friday February 23rd to Sunday February 25th 2018. Here is the tournament at a glance:


Days of competition




Ice rinks









The tournament features teams coming from all over the region, some travelling 4-6 hours to compete, as well as six teams traveling from the U.S. With 2,100 participants travelling with family and friends, this event will give another large boost to the local economy through hotel bookings, meals at restaurants, shopping at our great retail outlets then gassing up their vehicles before they leave. The estimated economic assessment based on participants and those that accompany them is $333,900. When you factor in the ice rentals on behalf of BMGA, it all adds up.

And with this tournament being named after Brantford’s Lord Mayor and Canada’s Hockey Dad himself, Walter Gretzky has made his way down to the rinks in the past to greet everyone and make them feel special; as only Mr. Gretzky himself can do.

BGHA provides so many opportunities for girls in the Brantford and area to experience all the joy, excitement and comradery that organized sports create. The BGHA Belief Statement speaks for itself: 

-       The qualities of good sportsmanship and citizenship will be promoted.

-       Hockey must lead by example, recognizing that these experiences may have profound effect on future attitudes, moral              development and community involvement.

-      Enhance the positive value of our hockey programs by providing leadership and initiative to develop better citizens.

-      The value of hard work, determination, the pursuit of excellence and success in all activities.

Thank you to Brantford Girls Hockey Association for putting on another great tournament and offering an incredible program for our young girls. They are building upon a great foundation as they travel through life and become exceptional women with many important values to bring to all that they do.


Brantford Girls Hockey Association

37th Annual Walter Gretzky Tournament

BGHA Belief Statement


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