Fun the goal of Danny Cleary Novice Jamboree
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.”