This annual invitational tournament was held last month in memory of two Carbonear boys who lost their lives on the Labrador 31 years ago.
The CeeBees Peewee A team took top spot at the Bobby and Jerry Thoms invitational tournament, held Jan. 22-24 in Harbour Grace.
Hosted by the CeeBees Minor Hockey Association every year, the tournament is held in memory of two Peewee players who drowned off the coast of Labrador 31 years ago when they were 13 years old.
“ They went overboard, and they died tragically,” said Wendy Penney, spokeswoman for the CeeBees. “ They were members of CBN North, which it was known at the time, 31 years ago. Within the past 15 years, we’ve had a memorial tournament in their memory. It’s an annual tournament.
Bobby and Jerry’s mother Olive
“It was an excellent tournament from CeeBees’Minor Hockey respect, because if it’s that close, the teams are pretty
evenly matched. It was a really good tournament.”
– Wendy Penney, CeeBees spokeswoman
and nephew R.J. Thoms were on hand for the opening ceremonies of the tournament, which also included teams from Marystown, Bonavista, Conception Bay Regional, Whitbourne and Clarenville.
The evenly matched teams made for tight competition; the last game before the championship final could have resulted in a five-way tie for second place, but Bonavista beat Marystown to earn a berth in the gold-medal match against the CeeBees, who won the final 6-3.
“It was an excellent tournament from CeeBees’ Minor Hockey respect, because if it’s that close, the teams are pretty evenly matched. It was a really good tournament,” said Penney. Penney said the players were told during the opening ceremonies that scores don’t matter, as long as they keep Bobby and Jerry in their hearts and minds during the tournament.
Olive Thoms, centre, the mother of Bobby and Jerry Thoms, and R.J. Thoms, the boys’ nephew, drop the puck to the captains of the CeeBees and Marystown Peewee teams at the Bobby and Jerry Thoms invitational tournament, held Jan. 22-24 in Harbour Grace.
TAKING A BREATHER - Conception Bay CeeBee Stars’ goaltender Bronson Dawe catches his breath during a recent Avalon East Senior Hockey League game at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium. Dawe backstopped the CeeBees to back-to-back wins over the Torbay Sharks during the Jan. 22-23 weekend. On Friday, Jan. 22 at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, Dawe picked up the shutout as the Stars hammered Torbay 12-0. The following night Dawe was between the pipes again as CBN escaped with a 9-8 shootout win over the Sharks in Harbour Grace. It was the first time a senior hockey game was decided by a shootout in the 52-year history of the S.W. Moores Stadium. The CeeBees play their final home game before the playoffs Saturday night when they host the Bell Island Wave.
TOP: Lewisporte Seahawks player Sean Paul takes a penalty shot against the CeeBees goalie at the Novice invitational hockey Jamboree in Bonavista on Jan. 24.
Members of the CeeBees face off against the Lewisporte Seahawks at the Novice invitational hockey Jamboree in Bonavista on Jan. 24.