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Action at the fourth annual Crystal Cup began yesterday evening, however this morning was marked by a ceremonial face-off. On hand was Flyers head coach, and former NHL draft pick Gerard Dicaire, and former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dave Babych.

It’s Babych’s second time attending the Crystal Cup. Leading up to the event he said being on Charlie Lake for hockey two years back reminded of him of his time playing on the lake at his home when he was a youngster in Edmonton. It made the decision to come back an easy one.

“A couple of years ago I wasn’t sure what to expect. I grew up in Edmonton playing on outdoor rinks and we had a farm and once in awhile you got a chance to go play on the lake but it had been awhile since I did that,” Babych explained. “It was a blast; I couldn’t believe the set up they had there. The weather was beautiful. It was a little crisp out there but it was sunny and really well done. I enjoyed myself.”

Play on the ice continues throughout the day until approximately 8:45 p.m. Also tonight the Montney Coulees will be taking the stage to perform from 7-11 p.m.

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