Fun the goal of Danny Cleary Novice Jam­boree

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Janet Neil-Cleary, sec­ond from right, mother of Stan­ley Cup win­ner Dan Cleary of River­head; his brother Neil Cleary, sec­ond from left, and neph­ews Ewen and Nolan Cleary were on hand for the open­ing cer­e­monies of the Danny Cleary Novice Jam­boree, held Jan. 22-23 at the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace.

The teams didn’t keep score, but the play­ers didn’t need to know who won or lost to have a good time at the Danny Cleary Novice Jam­boree Tour­na­ment, held Jan. 22-23 in Har­bour Grace.

“ They changed the for­mat this year,” said Wendy Pen­ney, spokes­woman for CeeBees Mi­nor Hockey, which hosted the tour­na­ment at S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium. “It used to be a tour­na­ment where we had a cham­pi­onship game and there was a win­ner de­clared, but Hockey New­found­land and Labrador doesn’t al­low that for Noviceaged kids any­more, so we had to re­name it as the Novice Jam­boree.”

Eight teams took part in the tour­na­ment, which saw mem­bers of Har­bour Grace NHLer Danny Cleary’s fam­ily at the open­ing cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing mother Janet Neil-Cleary, brother Neil Cleary and neph­ews Ewen and Nolan Cleary. The goal, said Pen­ney is to en­sure that hockey play­ers get to­gether to have fun.

“ There was no win­ner de­clared. Ev­ery kid re­ceived a medal, ac­tu­ally. When the tour­na­ment was over, ev­ery kid that par­tic­i­pated, at the end of their last game, they re­ceived a medal from CeeBees Mi­nor Hockey.” And if the goal was fun, that goal was achieved, she said. “It was quite a big day at the sta­dium,” she said. “It was a re­ally suc­cess­ful day.”

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