Canada Games Mem­o­ries

Doug Moores re­mem­bers first Canada Game

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Lo­cal lawyer Doug Moores knows what it’s like to take part in the Canada Win­ter Games, though his ex­pe­ri­ence was prob­a­bly quite dif­fer­ent com­pared to what lo­cal ath­letes have been up to in Prince Ge­orge, B.C. Moores took part in the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of the Games in Que­bec City way back in 1967.

At first glance, Har­bour Grace’s Doug Moores and Kelsey Shute would not ap­pear to have a lot in com­mon.

One is a 66-year-old lawyer based in Bay Roberts, while the other is a 15-year-old stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. One stud­ies court doc­u­ments, while the other is learn­ing the ropes of high school.

There wouldn’t seem to be a lot there, right?

But that’s where you’re wrong. The pair has more in com­mon than you’d think. Both are goal­tenders by trade and both are from Har­bour Grace.

Fol­low­ing the start of the 2015 Canada Win­ter Games last week in Prince Ge­orge, B.C., the pair has one more thing they’d be able to sit down and connect over. Shute was one of two young ten­ders on this prov­ince’s fe­male hockey con­tin­gent, while 48 years ear­lier, Moores rep­re­sented the male the side.

He was a mem­ber of the 1,800 ath­letes from across the coun­try to com­pete in the first Canada Games, held over the course of one week in Fe­bru­ary of 1967 in Que­bec City. The games were also a part of Canada’s Cen­ten­niel cel­e­bra­tions that year.

“It was re­ally quite some­thing,” Moores told The Compass last week. “We had no idea what it was go­ing to be like.

“That was 48 years ago this week.”

Then a com­merce stu­dent at Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity in St. John’s, Moores was the start­ing goal­tender for the Me­mo­rial Beothuks, a pre­cur­sor to the present-day Sea-Hawks. In 1967, the hockey por­tion of the Games was an all-uni­ver­sity af­fair.

“Each prov­ince was rep­re­sented by a uni­ver­sity team,” said Moores. “St. Thomas rep­re­sented New Brunswick, Laval rep­re­sented Que­bec and McMaster rep­re­sented On­tario.”

The Beothuks had trav­elled for hockey be­fore, hav­ing made the trek to Nova Sco­tia for show- downs with Dal­housie in Hal­i­fax and Aca­dia in Wolfville.

“The Open­ing Cer­e­monies were held on the Plains of Abra­ham,” Moores re­calls. “It was re­ally some­thing.”

Those first Games were not with­out some hic­cups. A storm that dumped 76 cm of snow on Que­bec City nearly crip­pled the Games. A few hours prior to the open­ing cer­e­mony, of­fi­cials were told that there was no torch. The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers cre­ated their own and were able to light the flame.

As well, on the morn­ing of the first day of the games, the tem­per­a­ture hov­ered around 7 C and it was rain­ing. How­ever, by the early evening a cold front sent that tem­per­a­ture down to -33 C.

“That’s what made it so in­ter­est­ing,” said Moores. The tour­na­ment Me­mo­rial were lumped in a di­vi­sion with New Brunswick, the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, Saskatchewan, On­tario and Bri­tish Columbia. Their first two games were vic­to­ries over New Brunswick and the Ter­ri­to­ries.

Coin­ci­den­tally, Shute and her Team NL team­mates de­feated the same two teams in 2015. She earned a shutout in her team’s 70 victory against N.W.T.

Next up, was a tight meet­ing with Saskatchewan. Closing his eyes as he re­mem­bers, Moores re­calls they lost a tight 3-2 game to the team from the Prairies.

“It was a spec­tac­u­lar hockey game,” he said.

New­found­land lost to a tough On­tario team be­fore run­ning into a B.C. buzz saw from the Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia.

“They had a player by the name of Al MacLean,” said Moores. “He went on to play with Team Canada. He scored five goals against us. What a shot he had, he could shoot off his wrong foot.”

The Canada Games were the start of a great cou­ple of weeks for Moores. First came the Games, then the Me­mo­rial squad cap­tured the cov­eted Boyle Tro­phy as St. John’s se­nior league cham­pi­ons.

Moores fol­lowed that by back­ing up Gary Sim­mons as the Con­cep­tion Bay North CeeBees cap­tured the Herder Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

“We had a good team and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Moores of the Canada Games. “We were all young fel­las then.”

PHOTO BY KENN OLIVER/TC ME­DIA

Team New­found­land and Labrador goal­tender Kelsey Shute of Har­bour Grace (cen­tre) is com­forted by team­mates Heather Richards (18), Meaghan O’Rourke (31) and Jes­sica Davis fol­low­ing a 9-0 loss to Man­i­toba last Tues­day at the 2015 Canada Win­ter Games in Prince Ge­orge, B.C. Shute was pep­pered with 55 shots.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Doug Moores is shown here as a mem­ber of the Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity Beothuks in this un­dated photo.

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