We chatted with Tournament Committee Member Mike Wehrwein to learn more about Western Canada's Premiere Old Timer's Hockey Tournament and the Lethbridge Oldtimers Sports Association (LOSA)'s long history in the game.
We’re excited by the news that the tournament is back with a new name! What is the history of the event?
The idea came about while the city and surrounding area was preparing to host the 2nd Annual National Oldtimers Hockey Tournament. That tournament was held in February of 1976, and we continued to host the tournament for the next 30+ years!
LOSA’s roots are tied directly in with a tournament. Can you tell us more about LOSA?
Lethbridge Oldtimers Sports Association (LOSA) was established in 1975. The idea came about while the city and surrounding area was preparing to host the 2nd Annual National Oldtimers Hockey Tournament.
LOSA founders, while busy helping to plan and host the tournament, decided to form a recreational league in Lethbridge and enter teams in Nationals.
The original philosophy was one that put emphasis on family and social events as well as recreation. There were many non-playing members, and all levels of hockey skill were encouraged to join.
By 1987, LOSA expanded to 6 teams and sometime around 1992-93 grew to 8 teams. Currently we have eight night-league teams and four day-league teams.
What can players expect at this year’s tournament?
Friday, September 1, 2023
- Welcome Reception
Saturday, September 2, 2023
- VisitLethbridge.com Ice Age Classic Dinner & Cabaret Featuring Trevor Panzcak
Sunday, September 3, 2023
- Championship Playoffs
- Sunday Finals end by 5:00 pm
Additional details for players and teams:
- 2, 25 minute Run Times with 5 minute warm up
- 3-Games guaranteed for all teams, plus playoffs
- Three welcome beverages
- Free post-game beverages
- Lunch Saturday and Sunday in the VisitLethbridge.com Ice Age Classic Lounge
- Divisional Champions receive VisitLethbridge.com Ice Age Classic Awards
- Discounted Room Rates through our VisitLethbridge.com hotel partners
What are the divisions?
35+, 45+, 55+, 65+, open 35+mixed
When is the deadline to register?
- Early Bird Registration ends July 10, 2023 (featuring discounts and prizes)
- Regular Registrations ends August 10, 2023
How can people learn more about the Ice Age Classic and connect with you online?