MARYSTOWN, NL – The Gord Smith Memorial Trophy unfortunately won’t be awarded this year, but this isn’t the end of the senior hockey rivalry between Marystown and St. Pierre, according to Gary Hynes.
A group of Marystown Mariners senior hockey players have been competing for the trophy, named in honour of their late coach, in a series against a team from the nearby French island since 2014.
Hynes, who organizes the event, told the Southern Gazette he exhausted all of his contacts across the province in an attempt to bring in a couple of opposing teams for a tournament or even just one team for a mini-series to battle for the trophy but fell short this year.
Scheduling conflicts meant there was only a small window of opportunity for the Marystown players as well as potential opponents, he said.
Hynes said St. Pierre also had scheduling issues and couldn’t come to Marystown this year. They did offer to host Marystown in St. Pierre, he said, but that wasn’t possible either.
“Again, we couldn’t get the man power from our core of players to make the trip,” he said.
A similar situation occurred two years ago when an event couldn’t be organized and the trophy was not awarded.
“I don’t want the family or the town getting the wrong idea and thinking we just play for it every now and then when we feel like it,” Hynes said.
“Rest assured that plans for next year are already in the making to try and make the series a success once again and we hope to be competing for Gord’s trophy!”
Hynes thanked Smith’s family for their continuing support of the series.