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Deep freeze affects midget tournament

Organizers of the 35th annual Kelowna International Elite Midget Hockey Tournament were in scramble mode Wednesday morning after learning one of the participating teams would not be able to make it.

The Ontario based Burlington Eagles were unable to get a flight out of Toronto due to the backlog of flights created by the deep freeze gripping much of North America.

About 600 flights were cancelled at Toronto's Pearson Airport Tuesday causing a severe backlog at Canada's largest airport.

Tournament officials were able to replace the Burlington team with the Tier 1 Vernon Vipers for the tournament.

The Vipers will be in Kelowna for the tournament opener at 4 p.m. today against the Prince George Cougars.

Vernon will be slotted in a division consisting of Prince George, the host Kelowna Fripp Warehouse Jr. Rockets, Okanagan Academy Red, Thunder Bay Kings and the Compete Hockey Academy Rams out of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

The tournament opens up Wednesday afternoon with games at both Memorial and Rutland arenas.

The semi-finals are set for Saturday night at Rutland Arena with the final 12:30 Sunday afternoon at Prospera Place.



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