Bay Arena players honour the memory of Ed Neil
In memory of a man who did a lot for the game they love, players from the Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association are donning special helmet decals.
Ed Neil died earlier this month at the age of 72. A founding member of the Bay Arena association, Neil exhibited a lifelong dedication to the sport in Conception Bay North. Most recently, he chaired the board responsible for operations at the Bay Arena. The Town of Bay Roberts officially took over operations last year.
Avalon Trimline Signs in Harbour Grace donated 400 decals to the association. Players wore them during a Peewee A invitational tournament hosted in Bay Roberts, where a moment of silence took place during the medal ceremony in memory of the Spaniard’s Bay resident.
This past weekend, the Bantam B Rovers were scheduled to host the Bantam B Rovers Ed Neil Invitational Tournament.
“Mr. Neil was one of those rare individuals who put the greater good of his community above his own self-interest,” association president Brenda Cole told The Compass. “This enabled him to live a life dedicated to volunteerism and civic duty. He will forever be remembered by the Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association.”
Left: Ed Neil died Jan. 3, 2017 at the age of 72.
Above: These helmet decals were made to honour the memory of Ed Neil, who died earlier this month at the age of 72.