“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.