According to organizers it was a successful inaugural Louis Riel Cup over the weekend.

The hockey tournament was hosted by the Metis Nation Saskatchewan at the Harold Latrace and Rod Hamm arenas in Saskatoon with inclusion as its goal.

Each team was required to have at least one Metis player, one Indigenous player, and one non-Indigenous player.

The MN-S says the tournament was the vision of President Glen McCallum.

“Hockey is a passion of mine, always has been,” McCallum was quoted in a media release about the tournament. “We hear the buzz word ‘reconciliation’ all the time – this weekend – we saw it in action when all cultures, all nations came together on and off the ice, in the spirit of reconciliation through sport.

Former NHLers Bryan Trottier and Rich Pilon were among those in attendance at the first-ever Louis Riel Cup.

Over $30,000 in prizes were awarded to the winning teams in each category.

The Long Lake Selects would pick up the victory on the men’s side while the Badgers would win the Ladies’ side.

(PHOTO – A ceremonial face-off at the Louis Riel Cup.  Photo provided.)