Another title for the Baddeck Bobcats at this year's Leonard Matheson Memorial
Leonard's father reflects on the tournament
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.”
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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