Former players give back to Minor Hockey

Brodie Thomas
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Port aux Basques Minor Hockey alumni don't mind giving back to the organization that gave them so much joy in their childhood.

Paul Simms, left, presents a cheque for $2,040 to Port aux Basques Minor Hockey president Steve Drover. The funds were raised during the Annual Christmas Classic rec hockey tournament.

Two annual tournaments have raised some major funds for the minor hockey association over the years.

Former Port aux Basques Blaze player Paul Simms presented a cheque to association president Steve Drover last week for $2,040.

That money was raised at the Annual Christmas Classic tournament held on Dec. 28, 2013.

A total of 56 players on four teams took part, according to Simms. They only had to be 19 years of age or older, and most were Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association alumni.

Simms said so many of the players only get back to Port aux Basques around Christmas, and they really look forward to seeing old friends and playing a bit of hockey.

The money raised came from entry fees, bar sales and donations from the participants.

Drover said the donations show how much minor hockey means to the players, even after they graduate from the system.

"It's nice to see guys that came up through the minor hockey system organize this and give back to the kids in our town."

The Annual Christmas Classic is one of two alumni tournaments held each year. This past weekend, the Jim Savoury Rec Hockey Tournament was scheduled to take place at the Bruce II Sports Centre.

This year, six teams including one from Burgeo and another from Corner Brook were set to take part.

That tournament is named after a former local hockey coach who put in countless hours to the Minor Hockey Association.

 

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Burgeo, Corner Brook

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