Parker Named Honourary Chair for 50th Tournament of Champions

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On-ice lead instructor Glen Parker directs a group of nearly 45 skaters at the Brandon Community Sportsplex. (Michael Lee/The Brandon Sun)

Long-time Hockey Brandon volunteer Glen Parker will serve as the honourary chairperson for the 50th Anniversary edition of the A & W Tournament of Champions next month.

Parker’s affiliation with the Tournament of Champions goes all the way back to the first two events in 1970 and 1971, when he participated as a player with the Brandon team in the Bantam (13U) Division in 1970 and the Brandon UCT team in the Bantam A Division in 1971.

More recently, Parker spent 17 years as President of Hockey Brandon from 1996 to 2013, during which Hockey Brandon took over operation of the Tournament of Champions from the City of Brandon (2001).

In addition, Parker coached 24 youth teams over the years, has served as an on-ice official for almost 20 years, and was a Hockey Manitoba Director.

He continues to serve on the executive as the Brandon representative on Hockey Manitoba’s Minor Council while also representing the Riverview Ward on Brandon City Council.

The 50th edition of the A & W Tournament of Champions will take place February 7-10 and February 15-17, 2019.

Many special events are planned to recognize the Golden anniversary of the event including a special reception to be held on Friday, February 8th at the Keystone Centre.

Further details about the reception and other events associated with the 50th anniversary will be announced at a later date.