Bay Arena play­ers hon­our the mem­ory of Ed Neil

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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.”

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Left: Ed Neil died Jan. 3, 2017 at the age of 72.

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Above: These hel­met de­cals were made to hon­our the mem­ory of Ed Neil, who died ear­lier this month at the age of 72.

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