Large crowd welcomes senior hockey back to Port Aux Basques
The Port aux Basques Mariners won their first home game in 17 years Saturday night, March 18, in front of a sold-out crowd.
Port Aux Basques tournament remembers young hockey player
The goal of the tournament is to keep David’s memory alive, says his mother Wanda Stone, shown here with two-year old daughter Victoria.
PORT AUX BASQUES — Four years after losing her 13-year old son David, Wanda Stone manages to find a measure of comfort in the pee week hockey tournament that bears his name.
“It means a lot,” said Wanda, who spent part of Saturday morning’s event chasing two-year old daughter Victoria around the children’s play area.
“Keeping David’s memory alive is the purpose right now.”
When representatives of the Pee Wee league first approached her with the idea of naming the tournament for her son she was honored. David had once been a forward in the league. He died in a snowmobile accident in 2013.
She likes that the kids come together to have fun and play hockey in his memory.
Steve Lefresne, Director of Port aux Basques Minor Hockey, says the support the tournament gets from volunteers is unreal. It has even drawn enough donations from supporters that there is no charge to watch the games.
Five teams participated in this year’s tournament: Port aux Basques Blaze, Port aux Basques Blaze Girls Under 15, Corner Brook Royals, Stephenville Jets and Strait Rifters.
The tournament concludes Sunday afternoon with bronze, silver, and gold medals handed out.
The Stephenville Jets, the Corner Brook Royals, and the Strait Rifters – hailing from the Northern Peninsula – are all participating in the 4th Annual David Stone Memorial Tournament.
The PAB Blaze Girls Under 15 joined the tournament last year.