Old cup has a new name

Trapper’s Cup honours Max Winters

Published on March 21, 2016

Taking part in the annual Trapper’s Cup puck drop were, from left, Alistair Michelin, North West River; Mary Winters, wife of the late Max Winters; and Gerry Dyson, Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

©Photos by Marlene Winters Wheeler

Some old-timer hockey players of Happy Valley - Goose Bay and North West River recently prepared to play in the annual Trapper’s Cup.

The Trapper’s Cup hockey game, which was started by the late Max Winters and with a trophy designed by Ian Massie, was meant to honour the local trappers who helped settle the communities many years ago.
This year the organizing committee of the Trapper’s Cup wanted to honour Winters and renamed the Trapper’s Cup to the “Max Winters Memorial Trapper’s Cup.”
At the start of the game, HVGB town Coun. Reg Bowers announced the change in name of the annual hockey game. Max’s wife Mary, and their daughters, Marlene, Maxene and Leanne, attended the ceremony as well.
Bowers talked about some of the events Max was involved in and how he battled hard on and off the field. Max was a key figure in sports such as softball, hockey, broomball in Happy Valley - Goose Bay. He was involved with the Labrador Winter Games for years and was the Games patron in 2006. He was closely connected to the Labrathon, which is a popular event featuring the skills of a traditional Labrador trapper.
He coached and mentored numerous players in the Happy Valley - Goose Bay area. Not only did Max take the time to coach, he helped raise a wonderful family with his wife Mary, and their children Marlene, Maxene, Leanne and John Paul.
Max loved the Trappers Cup and the friendly rivalry between Happy Valley - Goose Bay and North West River. He continued to play after his cancer diagnosis while proudly sporting his infamous leather helmet.
The game has to go on, and will continue, but one player will be missing on the ice, but not in our hearts. The fact that this annual hockey game continues keeps Max’s legacy alive and we know that he will be watching and enjoying the game.