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Ball hockey back in Osborne village

The community driven street hockey event is back for a second year, and this time will feature a beer garden.

Jekyll and Hyde's Freehouse owner Brian Allison (right) practices for the coming tournament he's helping Stephanie Meilleur (left) host this Saturday, January 30.

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Jekyll and Hyde's Freehouse owner Brian Allison (right) practices for the coming tournament he's helping Stephanie Meilleur (left) host this Saturday, January 30.

The Osborne Village BIZ Director Stephanie Meilleur says last year’s Osborne Village Winter Classic ball hockey tournament was so successful, they just had to do it again.

The second of what she hopes to maintain as an annual event is taking place this Saturday, and building on the success of last year with “a large beer garden and all day (outdoor) entertainment stage.”

Meilleur said the event, which she thinks of as a “winter edition of Canada day,” will occupy two parking lots, with the beer garden being hosted outside of Jekyll and Hyde’s Freehouse on Stradbrook Avenue.

Two rinks on the West side of Osborne Street will play host to 25 registered teams, and more have the chance to register still.

Revenue from the tournament will help finance “streetscape enhancements” in the village, including new benches, a mini pocket park at the bell tower and 55 new bike racks, which will be installed this summer.

The good-old Canadian street hockey event and live music will run from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

“We invite everyone from the community to come on out and enjoy the beer garden, put in a team, (and) play some hockey,” Meilleur said.

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