David’s Day

Young ath­lete re­mem­bered by many dur­ing day of fun.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY KRYS­TAL BLACKLER

The Port aux Basques Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion came to­gether as a fam­ily on March 3 in mem­ory of a fel­low hockey player.

The as­so­ci­a­tion held its first an­nual “David’s Day of Hockey” in mem­ory of David Stone, son of Wanda and Mike Stone of Mar­ga­ree, who died trag­i­cally in 2013.

In past years the Blaze Pee Wee Di­vi­sion held a memo­rial hockey tour­na­ment in David’s mem­ory but couldn’t get it off the ground this year be­cause some teams were un­able to com­mit.

Some of the Pee Wee par­ents knew how much this tour­na­ment means to the Stone fam­ily and de­cided to hold a dif­fer­ent event in David’s mem­ory. The re­sult was “David’s Day of Hockey,” a fun day for all Port aux Basques mi­nor hockey mem­bers.

The event started with a pizza party for all play­ers, fol­lowed by two hockey games – one with the Ini­ti­a­tion and Novice play­ers and the other with Peewee, Ban­tam, Midget and Fe­male di­vi­sions and a skills com­pe­ti­tion.

There was a for­mal open­ing cer­e­mony with speeches from Chan­nel- Port aux Basques Mayor John Spencer, MHA An­drews Par­sons, mi­nor hockey pres­i­dent Steve Lefrense and the Stone fam­ily.

Th e mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tion pre­sented the fam­ily with a shadow box made by Ju­nior Bil­lard, which holds David’s blaze jer­sey and his skates. Th is box will be dis­played at the Bruce Arena.

Feed­back from the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties was noth­ing but pos­i­tive.

“It was lovely to sit in the stands and lis­ten to ev­ery­one cheer­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved,” said Sara Mun­den. “What a great day to step away from the com­pe­ti­tion and en­joy what we all love in mem­ory of David.”

Wanda Stone said the day was “noth­ing short of amaz­ing, the way ev­ery­one came to­gether to re­mem­ber David.”

She said she feared one day her beau­ti­ful boy would be for­got­ten, but so many peo­ple have been help­ing to make sure David’s mem­ory lives on in so many ways.

“Thank you so much to ev­ery­one that helped to or­ga­nize David’s Day of Hockey,” she said. “The shadow box was ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful – we are so thank­ful for ev­ery­one in­volved in mak­ing it.”

KRYS­TAL BLACKLER

Par­tic­i­pants in the Port aux Basques Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion’s first an­nual “David’s Day of Hockey.”

KRYS­TAL BLACKLER

This shadow box was pre­sented to the Stone fam­ily from the Pee Wee Di­vi­sion. From left: Cody Par­sons, Wanda Stone, Mike Stone, Vic­to­ria Stone and Matthew Lefrense.

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