News One thousand ringette players vying for provincial glory SHARE ON: Stu Campaigne, staff Thursday, Mar. 14th, 2019 Abby Elvish, one of North Bay's ringette players, at the launch for the provincial championship. Photo credit: Rocco Frangione Officials say it will bring a huge economic impact and thousands to the area. The provincial ringette championships for four age divisions will get underway at 8:00am today across the area. The West Ferris Ringette Association is hosting the event that will draw 63 teams and close to one thousand athletes into the area. The 200 round robin games will be held at the West Ferris and Pete Palangio arenas as well as rinks in Astorville, Powassan, Trout Creek, South River and Sundridge. Kelly Van Buskirk, the President of the West Ferris Ringette Association said last month all the hotels are booked during the March Break for ringette. In addition to the athletes, their parents and family members will also be in the city cheering them on, bringing the total number of visitors to about 3,000. The competition continues through to the finals for each division on Sunday at Pete Palangio Arena. The championship is expected to generate about $1.5 million in economic activity. For the complete schedule, click here.