Memo­rial tour­ney

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY COM­PASS STAFF

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.

Photo sub­mit­ted

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.