The 8th annual Steve Ramey Memorial Hockey Tournament, held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was a huge success this year. The event, which was hosted between December 7th and December 9th at the E.J. Broomfield Memorial Arena, had 16 teams participating. This made it one of the largest and most successful Ramey tournaments to date.
“It went very well, quite successful,” says Xtreme Minor Hockey Vice President Keith Leonard. “Every year it gets better and every year it gets more popular and we get more teams.”
There were three divisions in this year’s tournament; Female Under 12, Female Under 20, and Atoms. Teams from Labrador City took home the banners for the under 20 and atoms divisions. But the Lake Melville Xtreme won the under 12 championship, beating Natuashish in the finals 3-1. Jenna Turner was the star in that game. She scored two of the three goals, including the game winner.
Steve Ramey was one of the most popular businessmen in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. His tragic death on November 10th, 2002, was felt through the entire town, and especially in the hockey community. Ramey was a dedicated hockey parent who loved the sport, and devoted a lot of time to it. A hockey tournament in his name is a fitting way to enshrine his memory. Steve Ramey’s wife, Stacey, has been grateful for the honour her late husband has received every year at the memorial tournaments
“They still honour and remember his commitment to hockey, especially female hockey,” she says. “He was a great supporter of hockey, and he loved it.”
Blake Ramey, one of Stacey and Steve’s children, participated in the tournament during the weekend. The 10-year-old played as a forward for team Labrador Motors in the Atom division. Blake’s the youngest of the Ramey kids, but the importance of playing in the tournament isn’t lost on him.
“It’s my Dad’s tournament and I love hockey,” says Blake.