There’s still time

Or­ga­niz­ers say teams can still ap­ply to en­ter an­nual tour­na­ment

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

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

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