Road hockey returns to NorQuest

November 2, 2022

Road hockey returns to NorQuest
After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, a NorQuest College tradition made a spirited comeback. 

The college's annual Road Hockey Tournament – a cherished event that introduces newcomers to Canada to our national game – returned for a day of smiles and camaraderie with more than 120 college students and employees participating in the tournament on October 28.

"Road hockey is so much fun, so different to our normal work day, and so engaging for everyone who participates," said Sarah Smyth, Manager, Quality, Communications, and Operations for the Faculty of Research and Chair of this year's Road Hockey committee. "The weather was perfect, the energy and play super fun, and I can’t thank NorQuesters enough for all their enthusiasm and support."

The college's Facilities team won the coveted competitive league trophy, while the International Rockstars won the Spirit Award for best team play in the recreational league.

Oilers mascot Hunter and team alumni Charlie Huddy were on hand to make the tournament fun for one and all. Most importantly, many NorQuest learners got their first taste of hockey. With learners from more than 108 countries of origin, hockey is often a new experience for many. 

“I entered my class, and we had two players who had never even seen hockey before,” says Jennifer Rooke, Associate Chair, Academic Upgrading. “At the end of our game, one of them shouted 'This was so much fun. I love Canada!' with her arms over her head. We didn’t need to score a single goal for that to be the biggest win of the tournament.”

road-hockey-01.jpgThe college's Facilties team won the Competitive League trophy – and bragging rights until next year.

road-hockey-03.jpgEdmonton Oilers mascot Hunter was on hand to lend some fun to the tournament.

road-hockey-04.jpgOilers alumni Charlie Huddy meets up with one of the employee teams.

road-hockey-05.jpgFor many NorQuest students, the tournament was their first hands-on experience with Canada's national game.