The Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitation Tournament starts today in Calgary for the St. Albert Raiders and St. Albert Slash.

At the Max Bell Centre the Slash play the Saskatoon Stars at 2 p.m. and the Raiders faceoff against the Calgary Buffaloes at 3:30 p.m.

The pool three schedule for the Raiders includes games against the Saskatoon Blazers at 8 p.m. Thursday at Father David Bauer Arena, Battlefords Stars at 9 a.m. Saturday at Father David Bauer and the Greater Vancouver Canadians at 11:45 a.m. Sunday at Max Bell.

The first-place teams in the five pools and three wild cards in the 25-team draw qualify for the playoffs. The quarter-finals and semifinals run Monday and the final is Jan. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Saddledome.

Last year the Raiders were semifinalists at 5-1.

The Slash also have games on tap at the Max Bell against the Fraser Valley Phantom at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Prince George Cougars at 1 p.m. Friday and the Highwood Raiders at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The first-place teams in the three pools and one wild card in the 15-team draw advance into Monday’s semifinals. The final is Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Saddledome.

The Slash were semifinalists last year at 3-1-1 after placing second in their pool at 3-1 the year before as the defending champions.

The puck drops Thursday at 8:15 a.m. at the fourth annual St. Albert Winter Classic Tournament at Servus Credit Union Place.

The 53-game draw consists of eight novice 1 teams, six novice 2 teams and nine atom teams.

Saturday’s finals are 7 p.m. for novice 1 at Mark Messier Arena and 7:15 p.m. for novice 2 at Northstar Hyundai Arena and the atoms at Troy Murray Arena.

Visit www.samha.ab.ca for schedules.

Three male and three female St. Albert age-group soccer teams will kick the ball at the 20th annual Polar Cup indoor tournament.

Games are scheduled Friday through Sunday at the west, east and south soccer centres in Edmonton and the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove.

The Polar Cup is open to teams from across Canada and offers a variety of tiers/player groupings catering to teams wanting to play competitively or recreationally.

Registrations are being accepted for the third annual Canadian Progress Club Pond Hockey Championship, Feb. 23 at Lacombe Park Pond.

There is a 32-team limit, and each team is guaranteed a minimum four games. The entry fee is $200 per team.

Monies raised will go towards Camp Warwa, Uncles & Aunts at Large and Special Olympics.

To enter, contact Keir McIntyre at keir@sarasotarealty.ca.

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