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Canada Cup 2015

15 Jul, 2015
With over 10,000 attendees, Canada Cup 2015 was a successful and enjoyable event. The tournament, which was hosted by the West Coast Kings Field Hockey Society and sponsored by Uppal Building Supplies, Thind Properties, Freight Link Express and Parminder Thind, was held on July 10, 11 and 12 at Surrey’s Tamanawis Field. 
Canada Cup is the only tournament of its kind in British Columbia and is encouraged by the community, Gurdwara associations and South Asian media outlets. “Canada Cup is the best tournament in North America where people come together and watch hockey,” expresses Udham Singh Hundal, General Secretary of West Coast Kings Field Hockey Society.
The free-for-all event was attended and well-appreciated by many politicians and renowned individuals of B.C. Well-known and notable personalities, namely Hon. Premier Christy Clark, Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, Olympian Pargat Singh, Jaspreet Sidhu - IPS, Consul Amarjit Singh, MP Jinny Sims, MP Jasbir Sandhu, Hon. Minister of Education Peter Fassbender, Hon. Minister of Technology Amrik Virk, Marvin Hunt - MLA for Surrey Panorama, and Councillor Mike Starchuk graced the occasion. 
“The tournament was definitely a treat for hockey lovers as it showcased the best teams from all over North America and highlighted the skill and talent of the players. It was a like a hockey festival,” says Hundal. 
Master of Ceremonies, Amarjit Dhillon, came all the way from Dallas, USA, to be a part of the tournament. Renowned doctors from within the South Asian community - Dr. Pargat Singh Bhurji and Dr. Gulzar Cheema, provided medical services during the three days.
The event also included free food for all the teams, athletes and spectators, as well as entertainment through amazing performances. The food was sponsored by Gurdwara Sahib, Dashmesh Sahib and Nijjar Trucking. “About 50 volunteers worked hard in the Langar to make it a success,” adds Hundal.
The entertainment part included a beautiful performance by famous Punjabi folk singer, Satwinder Bitti, and a bhangra performance by the Surrey India Arts Club.
Highlights of the tournament:
U-15 Championship
Winner: Panthers Field Hockey Club
Runner-up: Gobind Sarvar Field Hockey Club
Social Division Championship
Winner: United Brothers Field Hockey Club
Runner-up: Burnaby Lake Field Hockey Club
Women’s Premier Division
Winner: Apricot Boyz from California (First time winners of this tournament)
Runner-up: India Field Hockey Club (Canada Cup 2014 winners)
Men’s Premier Open Championship
Winner: West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club
Runner-up: India Field Hockey Club
Best goalkeeper of the tournament:
Navi Deol (West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club)
Best defender of the tournament:
Bindi Kullar (India Field Hockey Club)
Best forward of the tournament:
Daniel (West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club) 
Best scorer of the tournament:
Thijs Heddema (West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club)
MVP of the tournament:
Thijs Heddema (West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club)