Avon View’s an­nual boys’ Birth­place of Hockey Tour­na­ment starts Thurs­day

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One of Nova Sco­tia’s pre­miere Di­vi­sion 1 boys’ hockey tour­na­ments is be­ing held in Wind­sor and area res­i­dents have front row seats for the ac­tion.

An­drew Rogers, man­ager of the Avon View Avalanche, said the an­nual Birth­place of Hockey Tour­na­ment gets un­der­way Nov. 8 and of­fers four days of qual­ity hockey.

“It’s a high cal­i­bre tour­na­ment. It’s all Di­vi­sion 1 high schools. It’s prob­a­bly one of the bet­ter high school tour­na­ments go­ing in Nova Sco­tia right now,” said Rogers.

The tour­na­ment was started in 1992 by King’s-Edge­hill School and, in 2013, Avon View be­gan host­ing it. The tour­na­ment draws in teams from across the prov­ince, plus New Brunswick.

Play­ing in the Howard Dill Di­vi­sion are: Avon View, Wood­stock, Cole Har­bour and Northum­ber­land; play­ing in the Chook Smith Di­vi­sion are: Hor­ton, Sus­sex, North Syd­ney, and Glace Bay.

“Both teams from Cape Bre­ton are al­ways strong — Glace Bay and Memo­rial. Those guys al­ways come ready and put on a good show. The teams from New Brunswick are al­ways strong,” said Rogers.

Avon View is ex­pected to hold their own in the tour­na­ment as they have a num­ber of vet­eran play­ers.

“There are a lot of guys who have played three years on this AV team – guys like Hay­den Burgess, Will Caines, Ethan Sals­man, Dan Lord, and Kee­gan Turn­bull,” said Rogers.

“This will be their third year play­ing in this tour­na­ment and they re­ally know what it takes to win. Our goal is to make one of those semi­fi­nal games on Satur­day night.”

The event runs Nov. 8-11 at the Hants Ex­hi­bi­tion Arena, with the cham­pi­onship fi­nal be­ing held in the af­ter­noon. Last year, it was

an all-New Brunswick fi­nal that was de­cided in a shootout. Rogers hopes this year’s fi­nal will have an­other ex­cit­ing con­clu­sion.

He said the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is es­pe­cially thank­ful for the sup­port re­ceived from area busi­nesses and groups and hopes to see a healthy crowd check­ing out the tour­na­ment.

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