The 35th Little NHL Hockey Tournament has come and gone in Greater Sudbury with a great deal of success, but not before the seed was planted for the prestigious event to return to the Nickel City in the future.
During the opening ceremonies, it was announced by the Ojibway Cultural Foundation - the host organization for the 2007 tournament - that the event would be back in Sudbury in 2007.
The 36th annual Little NHL tournament will take place March 11 to 15, 2007.
All this week, the Dr. Edgar Leclair, Carmichael, Garson, McClelland, Walden and Countryside Arenas were filled with the cheers of young boys and girls as they showcased their skills from the tyke level to the midget level.
About 2,000 players from over 45 First Nations communities across Ontario electrified the city with their passion for the game of hockey.
The event also saw the first ever Little NHL Hall of Fame inductions made at the Radisson Hotel.
In the Founder's category, Len Self, James McGregor, James Debassige, Norm Debassige and Earl Abotossaway were honoured.
In the Builder's division, Paul Williams, Tom Nolan and Fred McCloud were immortalized.
In the Player's category, Gerrard Peltier, Barry Tabobadung and Ted Nolan were honoured.
The Little NHL event was founded in 1971 and has had countless players compete, including NHL stars Jonathan Cheechoo (San Jose) and Chris Simon (Calgary). For more information, visit www.littlenativehockeyleague.com