There’s still time
Organizers say teams can still apply to enter annual tournament
There are people around the world hoping to find a spot on a team in the annual Vince Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament.
“David Butts is formerly from Glace Bay and now lives in Bulgaria,” said Richie Warren, founder and tournament chair.
“He and his friend Charles York, who lives in Cape Breton, are hoping to get on a team,” said Warren. “As soon as David can get verification he’s on a team he’ll be buying a plane ticket.”
The 28th annual Vince Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament runs March 23-March 28.
Warren said there is still time for teams to sign up for the tournament in many of the divisions and if any teams don’t have enough players he has a list of people who want to participate but simply don’t have a team. He said there is a woman in Toronto who is looking to get on a team, three men from New Hampshire wanting to get into the 45 years and up division, two men in from New Brunswick for the 30 and up division, and others.
Warren said this is going to be another great year as there are new teams and teams which participated in the past who will be returning.
“There are about four teams we hadn’t seen for awhile play- ing this year which is great including the Kitchener-Waterloo Rustys,” he said. “We have teams coming from as far as Fort MacMurry and Ontario and across the Maritime provinces including Newfoundland.”
Helen Hynes, logistics coordinator, said they encourage anyone still wanting to put a team in the tournament to contact their office.
She said there is lots of room for teams in both the men’s and the women’s 19 and over division.
At one time a person had to be at least 35 years old to participate in the tournament.
“There were all kinds of young people in the 19 and up age cat- egory waiting until someday they could play in the tournament who are really happy now they can. They just love it.”
Hynes said there is also room for teams in other divisions including 35 and over, 40 and over and 60 and over.
Teams can register by calling the Vince Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament office at 902-849-1133 or stopping by the office in the Cape Breton YMCA Enterprise Centre in Glace Bay. There needs to be a minimum of 11 and maximum of 18 on the team. Registration is $820.
Hynes said if anyone wishes to inquire or register a team they need to do it as soon as possible. She said the schedule will be finalized by March 1 and after that no other teams can be added on.
Warren said they hope the fans will be out again this year to see good hockey and to also take in championship games which were exciting last year. There were 24 championship games last year.
“One championship game was 1-0 and most were within one to two goals, very exciting games.”
The tournament is holding a major fundraiser of a ticket draw for two tickets anywhere West Jet Flies. Tickets are $2 or three for $5 and are available at the tournament office at the Cape Breton YMCA Enterprise Centre in Glace Bay. The winning ticket will be drawn March 26 during the championship games.
“There were all kinds of young people in the 19 and up age category waiting until someday they could play in the tournament who are really happy now they can. They just love it.” Helen Hynes, logistics co-ordinator