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3HL TOUR Coming

Saugeen Shores | by Craig Power  

Plex To Host 6th Tour Stop April 1st


3HL TOUR Coming to Saugeen Shores

The world's first ever 3-on-3 Professional Hockey League makes it's sixth tour stop in Port Elgin on April 1st at the Plex for the 3HL Saugeen Shores Sunset Cup.  

The 3HL TOUR is the world's first 3 on 3 Professional Hockey League showcasing Canada's elite hockey talent through a series of 3 on 3 pro hockey tournaments (3HL TOUR Events) across Southern Ontario. The 3HL TOUR kicked off its inaugural season on January 1st with the 3HL TOUR New Year's Day Classic the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the historic old Maple Leaf Gardens. Since then, the tour has made stops in Oshawa, Collingwood and Guelph. The 3HL will visit Aurora on March 25th before heading to Port Elgin on April 1st. The league will be hosting a press conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th at The Plex to help promote the 3HL Saugeen Shores Sunset Cup.

3HL TOUR Events consist of 8 teams of aspiring and accomplished pro hockey players representing various cities competing in a single elimination bracket style tournament for a share of a cash purse, individual player bonuses, and pride. Individual tournaments contribute to the overall season standings, culminating in the 3HL Champions Cup. At the 3HL Saugeen Shores Sunset Cup, teams will be competing for a share of a $15K cash purse.

The 3HL TOUR is an opportunity for elite hockey players to play professional hockey in Canada. The 3HL TOUR allows players from professional leagues (NHL, AHL, ECHL, SPHL and Europe) and young talent from Junior, CIS and NCAA. The ability to play professional hockey while remaining close to home, combined with the tournaments are played on the weekend, makes the 3HL TOUR an ideal alternative to other out of country or overseas professional hockey leagues enabling players to both play hockey and pursue other aspects of their life including family, friends, and a career outside of hockey.

Port Elgin natives and brothers Brett and Miles MacLean will look to hoist the 3HL Saugeen Shores Sunset Cup on home ice with the Guelph Brewers. The Brewers currently sit in second place with $12K in money earnings and a 5-4 record. Despite being near the top of the 3HL Standings, Guelph has yet to capture a 3HL Event Title.

Through the 3HL Cares initiative a portion of proceeds will go to support national partner charities including March of Dimes Canada & Prostate Cancer Canada. The 3HL Tour will also partner with local charities from Saugeen Shores leading up to the event.

Combining the exciting open ice play of 3 on 3 hockey, with the intensity of an 8 team march madness style single elimination tournament, the 3HL TOUR will provide hockey fans with an action packed, highly entertaining, hockey event like no other.

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