Happy 50th Ringette!
Welcome home ringette family!
Three Ways To Get GAME TICKETS
- In person
North Bay City Hall
Main Floor, 200 McIntyre Street East, North Bay
Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
- Over the phone
1-705-474-0626 ext 2802
Click on our tickets and schedule page to choose your day(s) and follow the link to buy tickets online.
Memorial Gardens Arena Box Office
100 Chippewa Street West, North Bay
Open 2 hours before every scheduled Battalion hockey game,
1 hour before every Nipissing University Lakers Women's hockey game and 1 hour before every Nipissing University Lakers Men's hockey game.
For accessible seating, send an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "World Ringette Championship."
Welcome all the athletes at the OPENING CEREMONY
Capitol Centre, 150 Main Street, North Bay
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm
General Admission: $10. Students: $5. Tickets now available.
This fun-filled and entertaining show will feature a diverse mix of celebrity and athlete interviews, ringette trivia, music, dancing, audience participation and segments spotlighting everyday people. Think of the popular television talk show Ellen.
Three ways to get OPENING CEREMONY tickets
- In person
150 Main Street East, North Bay
Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday 12 noon to 4 pm
Note that the Capitol Centre's Box Office will be closed at 3 pm on December 24th for the holiday season. It will reopen for the Opening Ceremony on December 29th from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.
- Over the phone
705-474-4747 or toll free 1-888-834-4747
Visit capitolcentre.org, click on the gold TICKETS box and choose World Ringette Championship Opening Ceremony
Sunday December 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm.
Book your ACCOMMODATIONS
Book your travel accommodations with CSTT, a free travel service.
Also! Please take a moment to visit our sponsorship page. Without the help of our generous sponsors and Friends of Ringette, this Championship could not take place. We thank every one of them for their support.
We are thrilled to welcome the fastest game on ice home!
Celebrating 50 years of ringette
Sam Jacks, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1915, moved to Canada with his family at the age of six and a half.
As director of Parks and Recreation for the City of North Bay, where he worked from 1948 to 1975, Sam spent countless hours encouraging youth to use the numerous outdoor rinks this Northeastern Ontario community had to offer.
Promoting exercise was the goal of his head, but promoting play was the goal of his heart.
Ringette is born
In 1963, Sam was a visionary who was sure of one thing: girls could skate!
He observed their figure skating skills, their passion for speed, their commitment to practice, and their joy for lacing up and getting out in the fresh air. He also knew there was a need for a winter game that girls could play and call their own.
And so, Sam invented ringette—a unique non-contact team sport on ice. The set of rules he recorded 50 years ago are the basis for today’s version of the sport.
By the way, the answer to a ringette player's most often asked question "Is it just like hockey?" is "No." Watch the above video with Rick Mercer for a quick intro to the game. (The Rick Mercer Report, "Ringette Night in Canada", CBC TV, March 4, 2009.) You can also see a similar coverage in French. Watch M. Ringuette... quand un bénévole fait rayonner son sport, which aired on Télé-Québec's Tout le monde dehors on February 17, 2013.
Sam Jacks died at the age of 59 in 1975, before ringette became internationally successful, before Team Canada won the Sam Jacks Trophy in the first World Ringette Championship in 1990, and before he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Certainly, he would have been very proud to welcome you home as family, here in his community, in North Bay, the birthplace of ringette.
Ringette goes international
After Sam's death, his wife Agnes promoted the sport both within Canada and around the world with great commitment and zeal.
Today, ringette is played in Australia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.
Players, coaches and fans will tell you it is "the fastest game on ice" and there is no doubt that the game's pace has significantly changed since 1963.
In 2000, a 30-second shot clock was introduced to the game to make it faster, more competitive and more exciting to watch.
What has also changed is that now boys—there are 700 male players across Canada—are "playing it, loving it and living it," too!
Agnes (née Mackrell) Jacks was born in Scotland in 1923 and moved to England during the Second World War to work in a munitions plant. She met Sam at a dance in England where he was stationed as a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces. She would later move to Canada as his war bride.
Agnes Jacks's name is also attached to Ringette Canada's annual scholarship awards, which provide ringette players, coaches and/or officials who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the sport of ringette with $1,000 for post-secondary education.
Agnes Jacks passed away in 2005, but her spirit lives on in the stories of those who knew her. We know she would have loved to have personally welcomed every one of you here in North Bay, in her beloved ringette community.
Carrying the torch
The son of Sam and Agnes, Bruce Jacks, who is the honorary chair of the 2013 World Ringette Championship committee and an honorary life member of North Bay's West Ferris Ringette Association, continues to carry the ringette torch on behalf of the Jacks family.
As for the future of the ringette ambassadorship, it looks bright.
Bruce Jacks's granddaughter Kirsten is a passionate player on the West Ferris Ringette Association's rep team. Look for her in her number 63 jersey when we retire the number at the 2013 World Ringette Championship closing ceremony, as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.