LOUISDALE: The Freddie MacNeil Memorial Royals Gents Hockey Tournament turned 40 last weekend, and organizer Leon Burt reports the hockey was great at the Richmond Arena’s final hockey event of the season.
Burt said he and the executive tip their hats to the sponsors, players and fans for making the weekend so memorable.
“We would like to thank our sponsors MacBouch Restaurant & Lounge, R.M Landry & Son, Norvon, Kin-Excel, Premium Seafoods Group, the County of Richmond, Burns Vision Optometrists, Breton Wealth Management, Highland Beverages, Martell’s PharmaChoice, Diggdon’s Freight Service, and the Town of Port Hawkesbury for their continuous support to our tournament,” he said.
“We would also like to thank the players that come out every year and provide great sportsmanship while bringing great hockey to our tournament. It was a very successful year for our 40th and we want to thank all the fans as well.”
He added that the executive also appreciates the help of volunteers who sold 50/50 tickets; Liam Burt for running the clock and playing music for all games except one; those who managed game sheets and cleaned up the dressing rooms; and the effort of the referees. Burt said he also appreciates the help of his fellow executive members Joan Burke, Natasha Mury, Dwayne Shannon, Craig Digout, and Michael Digdon.
“It’s very much appreciated,” Burt said. “All monies goes back to Strait-Richmond Minor Hockey and bursaries to our local schools.
“Hats off for another great tournament,” he said.
Maybe the biggest story out of the tournament was that the Port Hawkesbury Kings captured their six consecutive championships in the Over-35A Division.
The Kings dropped Baddeck 3-2 thanks to a Brad Raike goal with a 1:12 left in the game. Raike was named Tournament MVP for PH Kings.
The Over-35B (Lesa Sampson) division was also very competitive, as the Hornets dropped Martell’s Pharmacy 5-2 to win the championship game. Martell’s went 3-0 in round robin, and the Hornets went 2-1.
Dan Fougere was named Tournament MVP for the Hornets.
The Under-35 division saw Platinum come out on top in the championship game over the Renegades 2-0 with an empty net goal in a hard-fought game. Brent Frez was Tournament MVP for Platinum in the Under 35.