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Looking for Sponsors for the 2019 Provincials!!

The West Ferris Ringette Association is pleased to share with you the news that North Bay has been selected as the host for the 2019 Provincial Ringette Championships, to be held in North Bay and surrounding areas in March 14-17, 2019.


An estimated one thousand athletes will pour into the area for the four day event, along with their coaching staff, friends, fans and families, and we are asking for your help in welcoming them. This is a major undertaking for our volunteer association, and we are reaching out to businesses, service clubs and supporters to ask for your financial and other supports.

Click here for the Sponsorship Brochure and click here for the Sponsorship Registration Letter.

Here are some of the ways you can help:

• Financial support

• Gift items for the athletes

• Donations of healthy food and drinks for hospitality rooms at eight area arenas

• Printing and copying

• Banners and signs

• Volunteers to work at registration desks and as arena hosts


We are very excited to be showcasing our city – the birthplace of ringette – to athletes and their families from across Ontario.


The sport of ringette was invented in North Bay in 1963 by Parks and Recreation director Sam Jacks, who wanted to create another option for girls to get involved in a winter sport, and it has now spread to over a dozen countries, with over 30,000 players across Canada. It really is a great oportunity to be welcoming a thousand elite athletes to North Bay to play the game at a very high calibre in this provincial ringette tournament.


The theme for the tournament is “Homecoming 2019: Back where it all began”. Can you help us roll out the welcome mat?


Click here for the Sponsorship Brochure


2018 WFRA Christmas Skate!

Where: West Ferris Arena

When: Sunday, December 16th, 2018image1


4PM – 5PM –> Learn to Skate
5PM – 6PM –> U10 and up


The entire family is welcome to join in on the fun! Helmets are mandatory for those under 18.


Wear your “Ugly” Christmas Sweaters…prizes will be awarded!!


There is no entrance fee but the West Ferris Ringette Association will be collecting non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations for the North Bay Food Bank at the Christmas skate. Please bring your donation and place it one of the baskets inside the main doors.  A donation box will be available in the foyer area area for any monetary donation.


The rep teams will have fundraising tables selling baking, hot chocolate and chocolate bars so bring some cash and your sweet tooth!

Thank you for sharing the spirit of the season, and see you there!!


U14A Take Gold in Oshawa!

The ringette season started off with a bang for the West Ferris U14A ringette team as they competed in the Oshawa Memorial Ringette tournament over the weekend. The team dominated on the first day with two decisive wins: 7-0 win over a team from Barrie and a 9-2 win over the Gloucester Cumberland Devils.


The girls were up early on Saturday to meet a strong City of Ottawa team, but came out on top with a 5-3 win. They continued their winning ways later on that afternoon with a 9-4 win over a physical team from Arnprior, making them undefeated in round robin play and in first place heading into the finals.


On Sunday, the team was determined to win it all, meeting the home Oshawa team in the semis. The 63s showed no mercy, coming out with a 7-0 victory over the home team. The finals were a re-match against the talented team from Ottawa, but the girls had nothing but gold on their minds and battled to a 3-0 win.


All in all, the team recorded 44 goals from great passing and team work. Goalie Emma Huzij recorded 3 shutouts and they gave up a total of only 9 goals against in 6 games with outstanding defense and back checking.


WFRA U14A Oshawa Gold


Interested in playing on a competitive Adult (18+ Open) ringette team?

There will be a tryout for an Open Rep team at 9 a.m. on October 20th at the West Ferris arena.

This try-out is for players over eighteen who are interested in playing at either B or C level at one or two tournaments over the coming season (level of competition and number of tournaments will be decided based on player turnout and interest).

If you are interested but cannot make it out to the tryout please email Meaghan Spykerman.


House League Schedule – Oct. 9th to Dec 31st, 2018


Please visit the the “Schedules/Standings” link on the bar above to see the schedules for each of the divisions.



Learn to Skate 2018/19 Schedule

Please see the information below for this season’s Learn to Skate schedule:

LTS Schedule


WFRA Equipment Pickup Date for the 2018 season

The 2018/19 ringette season is almost upon us and those of you who wish to borrow ringette equipment this year can pick it up Sunday September 16 between 10 and 12.


Please  reply to to let me know that you can come that day, and  I will give you a 10 minute time frame to arrive so everybody gets properly fit and set to play this year!
I will also be in the equipment room the next Sunday (the 23rd) for anyone not able to come on the 16th, as needed.
Please remember to bring a post dated deposit cheque dated for April 2019 filled out for $100.00 to the West Ferris Ringette Association.  The deposit cheque will be returned to you at the end of the season when the equipment is returned.
For those of you who don’t know, the equipment room is located at the back of West Ferris arena.  The doors will be propped open for you, come to the end of the hall and up the stairs and you will find me!

Thank you,

Equipment Director for West Ferris Ringette Association


Here comes the 2018/19 House League Season!!


Conditioning Ice Times are now set for Sunday Sept 16 at Pete Palangio Arena, Sunday Sept 23 at West Ferris Arena, and Thursday, September 27th at Pete Palangio Arena. Additional sessions for skills development and scrimmage for U10, U12 and U14 are on Saturday, September 29th.

It is very important that all players playing in all divisions (not including Learn to Skate) attend their division ice time so that they can begin conditioning for the season and be evaluated for team assignment for the upcoming season. The House League Teams will be developed based on these evaluations, and having all the players out for multiple sessions improves the WFRA’s ability to put together balanced teams.

Here is the schedule:

PPK – Pete Palangio Arena – Kelly Ice Pad
PPD – Pete Palangio Arena – Dimarco Ice Pad
WF – West Ferris Arena


Please note that the way the age levels are grouped in these conditioning / evaluation sessions are not an indication of how the ages / levels will be grouped for the house league teams. It is simply the most efficient way to make the most of our available ice times and so that the U16 and under divisions could get equal evaluation ice time. What the divisions will actually look like will be decided at the house league draft (when players are assigned to teams and house league divisions are formed) and will be largely based on numbers in each division.
See you at the rink! Where fitness, fun and friendships happen.


2017/18 Banquet and Awards Night – April 4th – UPDATED

Thanks to all players, parents and family members for making this year’s banquet a huge success!  Several medals and awards were handed out by our emcees and House League co-directors Ryan and Carrie Culhane, and loads of great memories were made.

Click on this link to see photos of the evening.

Here are the list of Medals and Awards presented:

Learn to Skate Medals

Learn to Skate Medals

House League

– U10 – Silver Medals – Tim Hortons Toronto, Coach Shawnah Smales

U10 Silver Medals TH Toronto

– U10 – Gold Medals – Tim Hortons Ottawa, Coach Meaghan Spykerman

U10 - Gold Medals - TH Ottawa

– U12 – Silver Medals – CWS, Coach Kurt Brandt

U12 - Silver Medals - CWS

– U12 – Gold Medals – Shriners, Coach Carrie Read

U12 - Gold Medals - Shriners

– U16 – Bronze Medals – Grecos, Coach Niko Gregorin and Erin Johns

U16 - Bronze Medals - Grecos

– U16 – Silver Medals – Mathnasium, Coach Phillip Penna

U16 - Silver Medals - Mathnasium

– U16 – Gold Medals – Skaters Edge, Coach Carrie Culhane

U16 - Gold Medals - Skaters Edge

– U19/Open – Bronze Medals – Elks Lodge, Coach Ian McCulloch

U19 - Bronze Medals - Elks Lodge

– U19/Open – Silver Medals – King Sportswear, Coach Kelli Van Buskirk

U19 - Silver Medals - King Sportswear

– U19/Open – Gold Medals – Pascoe Rentals, Coach Barb Guay

U19 - Gold medals - Pascoe Rentals

Rep Team Recognition

– U10 Regional Team, Coach Jessica Johnston

U10 Regional Team

– U12A Provincial Team, Coach Carrie Read

U12A Provincial Team

– U14A Provincial team, Coach Richard Michauville

U14A Provincial team

– U16 Regional Team, Coach Rachel Desjardins

U16 Regional Team

– U19A Provincial Team, Coach Terry Ablett

U19A Provincial Team

Special Awards

– East-West Trophy

Team East - Winner of East-West Challenge

– Nell Mallory Award – Most improved team (U12A Provincial Team)

Nell Mallory award - U12A Provincial Team

– Shir-Don Award – Most sportsmanlike team (U19O King Sportswear)

Shir-Don Award - U19O King Sportswear

– Don Pecore Award – True promoter and dedicated to the game of Ringette (Peter Baldasaro)

Don Pecore Award - Peter Baldasaro

– Youth Volunteer Award – Young Ambassador of Ringette (Mykaela Shymanski)

Youth Volunteer Award - Mykaela Shymanski

– Jeff Francom Award – Volunteer of the year (Phillip Penna)

Jeff Francom Award - Phillip Penna

– Lifetime Achievement Award – Long-time member of the WFRA community (Marylin Ablett)

Lifetime Achievement Award - Marylin Ablett


Fundraising for the U19A Team!

On March 18, 2018, the West Ferris Ringette U19A team won a silver medal and the Sportsmanship award at the Ontario Provincial Championships. This earned them a wild card spot in the Eastern Ringette Championships held in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from April 18 to 22.

For the first time in North Bay history, a team is going to the Eastern Ringette Championships! The team has been together for a long time; have worked hard and played hard together.  The girls feel incredibly honoured and excited to represent the birthplace of ringette and are looking forward to this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Let’s all help them get there!!

This dynamic team has a number of fundraising efforts underway. Here are some that WFRA members, friends and family can be part of to help send the team East:

Pasta Dinner – Friday April 13th

The team will be holding a pasta dinner at the Rorab Shrine Club, located at 1250 Brookes Street on Friday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7:30. The cost is $17 for adults, $12 for children and $50 for a family of four. There will be a cash bar, bake sale and a silent auction with items generously donated by community businesses and organizations.
The silent auction has dozens of great items to bid on, including autographed sports items, Golf green fees, Virtual Reality glasses, hand-crafted urns, automotive certificates, tools, fitness memberships, Blue Jays tickets, and so much more!!!

There will be gluten free and vegetarian options. There will be a cash bar (yes, you read that right) bake sale and silent auction. The team is still looking for food donations (email Kelli for the list) and donations of silent auction items.

Raffle tickets for pre-paid credit cards

The top prize is $1000 and the cost is $10. Available through the U19 parents, and on sale at the WFRA Banquet on April 4th. WFRA President / U19 Parent Kelli VB will have some on hand at the 3 on 3 and tryouts and will also accept e-transfers (contact her at

Bottle Drive / Drop

The U19s Championship bottle drive is a DROP! Rather than going door to door, the team is asking people to pass their empties along to a team member/parent or bring them to the collection point, which is Mojo Fitness on Regina beside Burger World.Online Donations
And for those who wish to donate online, the team has  Go Fund Me page at This campaign has already raised $3600 of the $5000 goal set for Go Fund Me!

Go 63s!