MacDonald tourney set for weekend action - Jan. 09, 2014
An annual tournament will bring 14 teams to the Border Area Community Arena this weekend in honour of a key contributor to local minor hockey.
The Doug MacDonald Memorial Tournament has been held since 1983, the year following his passing.
“He was an avid coach for the peewee level, he passed away on the ice when he was 28,” said Jessica McCarty, organizer of this year’s tournament.
Doug MacDonald was coaching peewee C hockey at the time when he passed. An avid baseball and hockey player, Larry MacDonald previously told the Courier his brother was in the middle of warm-ups for a ball hockey game at the Arena.
“They were just warming up the goalies, he took a few shots on the net and was walking back to the bench and just collapsed,” said MacDonald.
The tournament hosts C level teams from atom to bantam every year in honour of his commitment to recreational minor hockey. As always, MacDonald’s family will be present for the official puck drop, which will be conducted during opening ceremonies at 4:20 p.m. on Friday. Representatives from Skretting, this year’s tournament sponsor, will also be present.
Three teams from the St. Stephen Minor Hockey Association will be participating, as well as the bantam C Whalers from Charlotte County Minor Hockey.
Round robin games will take place Friday and Saturday, with the tournament finals taking place on Sunday afternoon. The atom finals will be at 1 p.m., followed by the peewees at 2:45 p.m. and the bantams at 3:50 p.m.
There is no admission to any of the tournament games.