One of the largest sporting events of the year attracted more than 1,300 players and coaches to Charlottetown over the weekend.

It was the 10th annual Charlottetown Ringette Tournament, including players from across Atlantic Canada. This year there were 77 teams, making it the biggest tournament to date.

Organizer Mike James said he has watched the sport grow in popularity along with the tournament over the last decade.

"This is one of the key events that helps us grow," said James.

"People come to the rink that have never been here before. Well, I think it's just the atmosphere in the building here this weekend and I think of how many smiling faces [there] are and how, like I say, the competitions level's pretty good. So the younger kids, you'll see a lot of younger kids hanging around and watching."

James hopes the successful weekend event will encourage more ringette associations to start up on P.E.I.