The 13th Annual ‘Steve Ramey Memorial Hockey Tournament’ was held at the EJ Broomfield Arena in Happy Valley-Goose Bay over the weekend of December 8-10.
A total of thirteen teams from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Churchill Falls, Labrador City and Sheshatshiu competed in the 3-day event across four different divisions – Midget, Female Under 12s, Female Under 15’s, Female Under 20’s.
The tournament is played each year in memory of Steve Ramey who tragically died in a motor vehicle accident in November 2002. Ramey was very involved in the development of female hockey in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, so it is quite fitting that there is a Female Hockey Tournament that bears his name.
Tracey Ramey Ottway, the sister of the late Steve Ramey said “Having this tournament played each year means a lot to the family. Steve’s two greatest loves were his family and hockey, this keeps the memory of Steve alive and carries on the legacy of Steve’s involvement in the development of female hockey here in Goose Bay”.
Keith Leonard, the President of the Lake Melville Xtreme Minor Hockey Association and tournament organiser said this year was a great tournament with some really good hockey being played.
“We had big numbers turn out to watch the games, and we were very appreciative of all the people who made donations to the food bank,” Leonard said.
Emily Martin, who was a member of the winning Lake Melville Xtreme U’12 team said she really enjoyed playing in the tournament.
“It was great to be playing against other girls and I was really happy that we won,” she told the Labradorian. “The tournament was a good preparation for the provincial championships that will take place next year.”
Leonard also said the female Midget format will be the same for the next two years due to the fact that Ramey’s son, Blake, has two more years left of minor hockey. Blake Ramey, who plays each year, was competing in the Midget division at this tournament.Results
After three days of action across the four respective divisions, the Championship matches were played with the following results:
Female Under 12 – Lake Melville Xtreme - 7, Novice D - 5
Female Under 15 – Churchill Falls – 4, Goose Bay - 1
Female Under 20 – Combined Goose Bay/Lab West – 6, Goose Bay - 4
Midget – Sheshatshiu – 7, Goose Bay - 1