Organizers pull plug on pond hockey
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The Beaver Swamp three-onthree fundraising hockey tournament is no more, at least for now, as organizers have put the annual event on “indefinite hiatus.”
The tourney began in the winter of 2011, held on the frozen Beaver Swamp, which is located on the Bellefeuille family property, west of Alexandria.
By 2013, it had grown to be a community fundraiser, with the goal of subsidizing the cost of hockey for those in need.
As Richard Bellefeuille notes, over the years the event has helped 20 community families, in partnership with the local chapter of Jumpstart Charities.
“Our goal [for the tournament] was to organize a fun-filled day of good hockey and activities, and in return we’d be able to use the funds towards putting smiles on kids’ faces.”
The 2013 tournament raised sufficient funds to cover the costs for a youngster to register with Alexandria minor hockey, get new hockey equipment, participate in a hockey school, and receive an NHL jersey of his favourite player.
The following year, with the event raising more funds, organizers were able to sponsor and outfit one player, as well as providing an additional family with free minor hockey registration.
In 2015, the size of the tourney jumped, along with an increase in the number of volunteers and support from sponsors. There was also a significant bump in funds raised.
This trend continued the next winter, when a Little Beavers rink was added, to keep young- sters entertained for the day.
In 2017, the event expanded to open and rec. divisions, and began its partnership with Jumpstart.
The winter of 2018 saw the tournament, having outgrown its home, moved to the Mill Pond.
Reflecting on the experience, Bellefeuille explains, “Our team of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that all aspects of the event were ready for tournament day.” Ending the tourney “was a very tough decision to make. Thinking back to all the work, the hours, the fun, and of course the volunteers, players, fans, partners, and sponsors who made this tournament possible, it’s sad that it has come to an end. But to know that we’ve made a difference in the lives of so many families from our wonderful community, that will be something we’ll cherish forever.”
Beaver Swamp Hockey toques, scarves, mugs, and pucks were produced over the years, as souvenirs, but despite the announcement of the end, Bellefeille adds, “We might be back one day.”
On Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Ladies Invitational Bonspiel was held at the Lancaster and District Curling Club. Rinks from Alexandria, Prescott, Morrisburg, Vankleek Hill, Ormstown, and two from Cornwall, joined a home team in the event.
The squad from Ormstown, Quebec, skipped by Lyne Lambrou, was the overall winner. Team members included third Isabelle Coté, second Cynthia Bolduc, and lead Viviane Lalonde. The Cornwall team skipped by Ann Bruni finished as runner-up. Thanks go out to Barbara McIntosh, from Rob McIntosh in Lancaster, for sponsoring the prizes for the ladies; the beautiful ponchos and scarves were loved by all.
Co-ordinator of the event, Gisèle Korac, would like to thank all the away teams for their continued support and all club members who gave of their time to make this day a very enjoyable one.
Senior ‘A’ Prowlers on home ice Saturday
The Cornwall Prowlers senior ‘A’ hockey team is scheduled to be back in action Saturday, Dec. 8, hosting the Maniwaki Forestiers. The game will be played at Cornwall’s multi-sport complex, at 8 p.m.
Sitting in fourth place in the six-team LHSAO, the Prowlers enter this week sporting a record of 3 wins and 5 losses, along with a -10 goal differential.
The roster includes county hockey players Adam Wensink, Jesse Fontaine, and Pierre-Luc Sabourin.
Jr. ‘A’ Colts on three-game win streak
Cornwall’s junior ‘A’ Colts of the CCHL are currently riding a threegame win streak, following a 2-1 overtime victory versus Brockville, a 4-3 shootout triumph against Kemptville, and a 4-3 clipping of Kanata. The Colts are fourth in the Yzerman Division (16-13-3-1). Williamstown’s Ethan Mulhearn is amongst the tops in team points, with 19 in 33 games played. Ben Dirven, who hails from Bainsville, checks in with 15, while Alexandria’s Jeremy Quesnel has 14.
Looking ahead, the Colts are booked to play today, Dec. 5 in Rockland, and then on home ice at the Cornwall Civic Complex tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., when the boys will host the Hawkesbury Hawks.