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MORRISBURG — It was announced as a boost for the local hockey community and to help a neighboring community in 2019 when Prescott-based international midget AAA showcase Leo Boivin moved to Morrisburg after the Prescott arena closed.

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Now, after two years of pandemic cancellations, the tournament is raising the stakes and moving to Cardinal.

“The Leo Committee is delighted to have the opportunity to host another edition of the best tournament in the world,” organizers said in a social media statement announcing the new venue. “We can’t wait to see everyone in April.”

  1. Same tradition, Morrisburg ice rink for the Léo Boivin tournament

  2. Left to right, Curtis Murray, Tyler Reid and Zachary Burnside of the South Grenville Rangers Major Midget B rep team promote the Leo Boivin storefront at O'Reilly's Your Independent Grocer in Prescott.  The 47th annual Midget Hockey Tournament will take place in Morrisburg on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The showcase will return to Prescott when the city has a new arena.  Tim Ruhnke / The Recorder and Times

    La Vitrine Léo Boivin takes a road trip

The tournament will take place from April 8 to 10 at the Ingredion Center in Cardinal.

Morrisburg hosted the tournament once, in 2019, and was expected to continue hosting the tournament until a new arena opened in Prescott. No official reason was given for moving the tournament. Representatives from the Municipality of South Dundas were invited to comment, but none were received by the publication deadline.

Arena Léo Boivin’s ice plant was condemned in 2018 after it failed security checks, forcing organizers to move the tournament. The first stone of the Alaine Chartrand Arena in Prescott was launched in the summer of 2021 and its opening is scheduled for 2023-24.

— The Chief of Morrisburg