FORT ST. JOHN -- The Crystal Cup is back and is celebrating a decade as one of Western Canada’s biggest pond hockey tournaments.

Registration for teams looking to compete in the in the main event, women and old-timer division cups, and the Sid Davis Memorial Youth Challenge closes February 9th – and spots are filling up fast.

Crystal Cup President Neil Evans says this year, many out-of-town teams have signed on to participate because of the growth the event has seen over the course of its 10-year history.

The tournament takes place at the Charlie Lake West boat launch, just outside Fort St. John.

It is made possible through the collaboration of Evan’s team and corporate sponsors.

“We have an incredible core group of guys that are dedicated to hosting the event,” said Evans.

In addition to the hockey action, players and spectators can enjoy a beer garden, food vendors, a kids skate, and a shinny rink.

“It's amazing the amount of work that goes into it and what the event becomes year to year,” said Evans.

This year’s Crystal Cup will also see a famous Canadian face make an appearance, as former NHL player and “Shorsey” star Terry Ryan takes part in the games.

“It's the first time we're mixing Hollywood with hockey,” said Evans.

The Northland Trailblazers Snowmobile Club will also be holding their 2024 “Snow & Shine” alongside the Crystal Cup.

The first puck drops on February 23 and the event runs through February 25th.

“People that have not been out to the event—it’s just amazing to see the smiles and kind of awe of the event,” said Evans.