The Opening Day of the Canada Cup was a huge success and featured a lot of action on and off in the court.
In the High School Division the Canada Cup welcomed a record 12 teams. After a day of competitive matches it was Sherwood Secondary from Hamilton (pictured) edging cross-town rival Winston Churchill to capture the High School Division championship.
The Canada Cup's guest of honour, Mr Borje Salming, arrived at the tournament's opening ceremonies and was joined by fellow Maple Leafs Alumni Nick Kypreos, Bill Delago and Jim McKenny as well as Councillor Peruzza and Jennifer Myers of York University. The popular ceremonies were watched by at least 300 people as the Alumni took part in a shootout and watched an exhibiotion game.
The Canada Cup's new sponsor, Intrepid Travel, along with the Canada Cup Committee awarded the Ottawa Blizzard with a trip to Peru worth $1,400 due to the Blizzard's record breaking eight team entry in the 2011 cup.
Outside of the opening ceremonies, Mr. Salming was busy promoting the Canada Cup all day across the city. Friday's Canada Cup Floorball media hits included CityTV, Hockeycentral @ Noon (Rogers Sportsnet), The Fourth Period Magazine, Source For Sports TV, NHL.com, OMHA, the Toronto Sun, the Bill Watters Show (AM640) and NHL Home Ice (XM Radio).
In the evening, the Intermediate and Elite divisions kicked off with some teams playing a game or two. In the Elite action, the hometown Toronto Vikings edged rivals Ottawa Blizzard 3-2. The Hamilton Floorhawks beat two-time Canada Cup champs NYC Floorball 5-2. Montreal Fight Club will play their first game tomorrow.
Stop by York University anytime on Saturday to catch great floorball action. Games begin at 8 AM and run until 8:45 PM.