The Huron Perth AAA Lakers will set out and capture once again the essence of Grass Roots Hockey by hosting the 5th Annual Great Lakes Cup event and deliver some of the most skilled and competitive hockey in North America. The host city, Stratford, Ontario, will once again act as a picturesque backdrop to this tournament and it will also provide teams and their families with all that they need to make their stay memorable. The City of Stratford is known for its ability deliver world class hospitality to thousands of theatre goers each year. Several Hotels, Motels and Inns as well as a variety of dining and unique shopping experiences help set our community apart from others. Combine this with an unprecedented passion for hockey that goes back well over 100 years, you then have the epicentre for grass roots hockey at its best. The Huron Perth Lakers AAA Hockey Association is proud and excited to be able host this event and showcase some of the best talent at the AAA Minor PeeWee and Minor Bantam Divisions in North America.
Did you know........One venue of Great Lakes Cup is the historic William Allman Arena.......
Built in 1924, the Allman Arena is one of the oldest operating arenas in the world. Named in memory of long time building manager, Bill Allman, this Arena has a unique heritage that dates back to its very beginnings when the "Stratford Flash", Howie Morenz played in the "Old Barn". Many N.H.L. Stars have played in the arena including, George Hay, Nick Libbet, Craig Hartsburg, Ed Olczyk, Nelson Emerson, Rob Blake, Chris Pronger, Tim Taylor, Dave Shaw, Mike Peluso, Louis DeBrusk, Brian Smolinski, Marc Potvin, Kevin Dahl, Greg De Vries, Garth Snow, Rem Murray, Mike Watt, and Boyd Devereaux. Many more have gone on to successful College, Junior. 'A' and Minor League hockey careers.
The arena's unique hip-style roof provides the perfect venue for potential renters and spectators. Home to the Stratford Cullitons Junior. 'B" hockey club, the venue is host the Club's home games every Friday night throughout the winter. Other user groups of the building include Stratford Minor Hockey, Huron Perth Lakers, Stratford Skating Club, Stratford Ringette and the Stratford Girls Hockey Association.