An­other ti­tle for the Bad­deck Bob­cats at this year's Leonard Math­e­son Memo­rial

Leonard's fa­ther re­flects on the tour­na­ment

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - AN­DREW BROOKS

The Leonard Math­e­son Memo­rial Hockey Tour­na­ment has be­come a bit of an in­sti­tu­tion for the hockey com­mu­nity in Bad­deck. Hav­ing been held for more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury, Leonard’s fa­ther Johnny An­gus Math­e­son said he’s only missed one tour­na­ment in the past 26 years. Roughly ten years ago, he was in Al­berta vis­it­ing his daugh­ter and couldn’t be home in time for the event.

The Bad­deck and Area Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion started the tour­na­ment in 1992, a year af­ter young Leonard Math­e­son, an upand-com­ing hockey player him­self, trag­i­cally died.

“I had noth­ing to do with it. They [orig­i­nal or­ga­niz­ers] had a meet­ing and de­cided to have a memo­rial tour­na­ment for him. They called me to ask what I thought of the idea and I said, ‘go right ahead’,” said Math­e­son be­fore a Satur­day af­ter­noon game.

Math­e­son got a bit choked up think­ing about what the tour­na­ment means to him.

“It’s a great mem­ory of my son. I like see­ing the young fel­lows grow up, play hockey and have a good time.”

When asked if he had a team he was root­ing for dur­ing the week­end, Math­e­son points down from the second-floor lounge to where the Bad­deck Bob­cats are tak­ing the ice for their second game.

“They’re right there.”

"The one’s my son played with – that’s their kids out

Left to right: Tris­tan Ross, Lu­cas Michael, Phoenix Pierro, Von Paul, Wy­att Ross, Carter Kuchta, Scott Smith, Bor­den Macdon­ald, Chalis Martin, David Gould, Kier­ran Kerr-shaw, Sean Paul, Daw­son Fitzger­ald, Mor­gan Isadore, Alexan­der Towle, goalies Craig...

Bad­deck Bob­cat Goal­tender Craig Michael reaches for a puck shot high dur­ing the second pe­riod of the Bad­deck vs. In­ver­ness round-robin game. Photo by An­drew Brooks

Bad­deck Bob­cat Von Paul faces off dur­ing play at the 26th An­nual Leonard Math­e­son Memo­rial Hockey Tour­na­ment on March 17. Photo by An­drew Brooks.

Bad­deck Bob­cat Kier­ran Kerr-shaw ma­neu­vers his way through In­ver­ness de­fence dur­ing round-robin play March 17. The Bob­cats beat the Ravens. Photo by An­drew Brooks

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