Coincidences aplenty at Wesley Gosse final
The afternoon of Nov. 22 had to have felt familiar to Upper Island Cove’s Randy Reardon.
It was the final of the Wesley Gosse Memorial Tournament at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts and Ascension Collegiate squared off with the Queen Elizabeth Pioneers for the right to hoist the coveted championship shield.
It felt familiar for good reason. More than two decades ago, Reardon was on the ice in the same situation, albeit in the first Wesley Gosse tournament. In 1991, he was a member of the Astros competing on the ice at the Bay Arena against a tough Queen Elizabeth club.
He manned the blue-line then for an Ascension club that was at the height of its powers that season. Reardon scored the gamewinning goal and was named the most valuable player of the tournament.
“It brought back a lot of memories,” said Reardon. “It was the same team and everything that we played in the final.”
The coincidences don’t stop there. On the ice 25 years later was Astros forward Jordan Coombs, who is Reardon’s nephew.
Just like his uncle, Coombs donned the No. 10 for the Astros and was named the captain earlier this year. In their respective finals, each played Queen Elizabeth in the final, both won and both were named the tournament most valuable player.
“It really didn’t hit me until they called my name for the MVP,” said Coombs. “A lot had to fall into place for that to happen. It worked out perfect.
“I had my mind blown a little bit because I didn’t think I was going to get that award.”
Just to add to the bevy of coincidences from the recent tournament, the score of the two games were razor close. In 1991, the Astros won 6-4. The 2015 Ascension team obtained victory 7-4. Funnily enough, it was Coombs who scored the empty netter to give his team their seventh goal.
“You don’t really realize it until you sit down and think about it,” said Reardon. “What a coincidence.”
Leading up to the tournament final, Coombs and Reardon spoke about the Wesley Gosse. Reardon shared his experiences playing high school hockey and the magnitude of being a part of the first tournament.
“We were saying how nice it’d be if it turned out for me the same way it did for him,” said Coombs. “It’s nice to be able to share it with Randy. He was really happy for me too.”
“It was a proud moment,” said Reardon.
Randy Reardon (left) and Jordan Coombs were both MVPs of the Wesley Gosse Memorial Tournament. Reardon is Coombs’s uncle.