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Remembering Matthew Sargent: Annual tournament in Gander has been healing for family


In the scorekeeper’s box of the Steele Community Centre, Jan. 19, Gordon Sargent followed the play, waiting for the whistle to sound in the Gander versus Bishop’s Falls midget division matchup.

As the game comes to a halt, he hit’s the play button on his cellphone to unleash upbeat music to get the players and fans energized until the action resumes at the second annual Matthew Sargent Memorial Midget Tournament, held Jan. 18–20.

While Gordon is still involved in minor hockey as a bantam coach, taking in midget hockey games comes with a heavy heart for him.

It was the division Matthew, his son, played in until his tragic passing in 2017, at age 14.

But Gordon was out to show his support for the tournament, hosted by the Gander Minor Hockey Association.

“It’s extremely touching,” he said about the minor hockey association holding the tournament and the eight central teams that participated.

“The first annual tournament we were kind of numb and in shock, now, this year reality has set in,” he said. “All we want is our son back, but we don’t get that.”

But having the support of the hockey community has helped.

“Anyone who has lost a child knows it’s a lifelong thing,” he said. “It is healing for the family, coming together with people.”

For members of the Gander Minor Hockey Association, Matthew Sargent Foundation, and Riverstone Construction Inc., which helped organize the tournament, wanted to show its support for the family during such a difficult time.

“Matthew and the Sargents were a huge part of our association, so really, we didn’t even have to second guess that we would do this for the family,” said Joy Murray, one of the organizers.

With eight teams from throughout the central region participating in the tournament, proceeds and donations from the tournament will be donated to the Matthew Sargent Foundation.


After three days of play, Gander’s Team Sargent, took home the gold, with an overtime 6-5 win against Gander’s Team 8, which was also Sargent’s number.

Here are the tournament results:

Regular play

Glovertown (0) vs Team Sargent (10)

Bishop’s Falls (4) vs GFW 1 (4)

GFW 2 (5) vs Team 8 (5)

Lewisporte (4) vs Bay d’Espoir (6)

GFW 1 (3) vs Team Sargent (7)

Glovertown (1) vs Bishop’s Falls (8)

Lewisporte (6) vs GFW 2 (4)

Bay d’Espoir (3) vs Team 8 (7)

GFW 1 (7) vs Glovertown (6)

Bishop’s Falls (1) vs Team Sargent (N/A)

Team 8 (1) vs Lewisporte (3)

GFW 2 (1) vs Bay d’Espoir (8)

GFW 2 (0) vs Team Sargent (6)

Glovertown (4) vs Bay d’Espoir (5)

GFW 1 (9) vs Lewisporte (2)

Team 8 (7) vs Bishop’s Falls (2)

Semi finals

Team Sargent (5) vs GFW 1 (3)

Team 8 (5) vs Bay d’Espoir (2)

Bronze medal

GFW 1 (4) vs Bay d’Espoir (3)

Gold medal

Team Sargent (6) vs Team 8 (5)

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