The inaugural Up My Hockey (UMH) 68 tournament kicks off this weekend at Kal Tire Place.
The top 68 players aged 13 and 14 from across the province will be competing. Among the players are three from Vernon – forwards Hudson Podollan, Dominik Silbernagel and defenceman Carter Hutton. Two players will be representing Coldstream – Colton Sitter and Jack Saxton.
There will be four teams of 17 players each, competing in one practice and four games. WHL and NHL scout evaluators will be in the stands, along with former NHL alums Jerred Smithson and Mark Ferner behind the bench as coaches.
UMH is run by Vernon’s Jason Podollan, who played 41 games in the NHL across six seasons.
Podollan is a high performance mindset coach, acting as a mentor and trusted advisor for hockey players aspiring to be their best. Podollan also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1996 World Junior Hockey Championships.
The tournament runs all day Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18. Admission to watch is free.
For more information, visit upmyhockey.com.