Bluefield high school hockey tournament back for third year

Jason Malloy
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Teenagers from a variety of club hockey teams will be wearing their school colours next month.

There are 16 teams (nine boys and seven girls) playing in the third annual Bluefield Friendship High School Hockey Tournament from April 1 to 5.

“I enjoy playing for the school,” said Braden Muttart, a Grade 12 student at Bluefield.

The North River West Masonry midget A Flames goalie said it is a great opportunity to play with his classmates and added school spirit is on full display during the tournament.

“It’s nerve wracking, but it’s kind of cool,” said the 18-year-old Springvale resident.

The Bobcats made it to the final last year, losing to Kinkora 3-2 in a shootout, and Muttart said hopefully they win the championship this season.

The tournament’s major sponsors are Co-op Energy and Esso.

Kevin Curry, regional manager for Co-Op Energy in Prince Edward Island, said it is the company’s second year involved with the tournament.

Curry said the event revitalizes the school spirit with current students and their families.

“Everybody really came together and we were exceptionally happy to be part of it,” he said. “I encourage all family members, friends, community supporters to get out and root for their team.”

Justine Campbell, a 17-year-old Grade 12 student at Bluefield, enjoyed playing in the tournament the past two seasons. The Rustico North Stars forward said it is a non-aggressive, fast-paced game.

“I wish they would bring back high school hockey altogether,” she said, noting it increases school spirit during the weeklong tournament.

Muttart said he has heard stories from his father from his playing days at Kinkora. He would like to see it brought back, too.

 

Bluefield Friendship High School Hockey Tournament

When – April 1 to 5.

Where – Tignish, Evangeline, Summerside, Cornwall, Montague and Charlottetown. The championship game will take place Saturday, April 5 at MacLauchlan Arena with the girls final followed by an alumni game and the boys final.

Tickets – Available at each participating school.

Who – 16 teams (nine boys and seven girls) are participating in this year’s tournament. They are separated into east and west divisions.

Boys

East – Bluefield, Colonel Gray, Montague, Souris and Morell.

West – Westisle, Three Oaks, Kensington and Kinkora.

Girls

East – Bluefield, Colonel Gray, Montague and Morell.

West – Westisle, Three Oaks and Kinkora.

Winners

Girls

2012-13    Westisle

2011-12    Montague

Boys

2012-13    Kinkora

2011-12    Montague

Organizations: Co-op Energy, Bluefield.The North River West Masonry, Esso

Geographic location: Bluefield, Prince Edward Island, Kinkora Summerside Charlottetown Kensington

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  • AAA player
    March 26, 2014 - 20:41

    Actually A and AA players have more opportunities for tournaments at the midget level than AAA! Everyone here is missing the point. This tournament is not about minor hockey or is it? Is it about making the A and AA players feel better because they feel they are the under dog in minor hockey. This is suppose to be a school activity and therefore ALL students should have equal opportunity to participate. Are they rules for other school activities that don't allow Certain students to participate. None come to this student's mind.

  • Hockey parent
    March 19, 2014 - 08:43

    This is great initiative except it discriminates against some students. Students who play AAA are not given the opportunity to participate. This is discrimination. If similar behaviour was being done against special needs it would be all over the news. They say it is to keep it fair. Each school could have A specific number of spots on their team for AAA players, AA players, And A players . All schools have at least a couple of AAA players. This would give them an opportunity to play together for the FUN of it which is what this tournament is " friendship". I agree bring back high school hockey which in the past some of the best hockey players on P.E.I who advanced to competitive levels of hockey including NHL players and coaches! As the students in the article say..it would be great for school spirt and give the teenagers something to do on the weekends.

    • Parent
      March 19, 2014 - 19:59

      There are several reasons AAA players are not a part of the high school hockey tournament. Hockey PEI and most associations revolve around the needs of AAA teams. A and AA players often lose or get bumped from ice time to accommodate AAA teams. As well, if AAA players were a part of these teams , they would dominate the play and the AA and A players would rarely touch the puck. There's no sportsmanship or team play in that! Also, this is non checking, AAA players would have a hard time adapting to this type of play.

    • Hockey parent
      March 20, 2014 - 00:08

      Sounds like an organizer responding to my comments! First of all this tournament is not part of hockey P.E.I. ? AA players do play checking hockey and they seem to adapt to play in this tournament! Spin it anyway you want it is leaving students out and not giving all students equal opportunity. Last time I checked that was called discrimination. Your comments indicating AAA players can not be sportsmen like are just rude! Like we told our son this isn't high school hockey because in high school hockey years ago you tried out and the BEST players made the team. This tournament is PICKED players so there is no comparison. This is one family who won't be helping out or supporting a school activity that discriminates against students in the public school system that we all pay taxes for.

    • Player
      March 26, 2014 - 15:05

      From personal experience of playing hockey and having played in this tournament, it is unfair that AAA players don't get to play but on another side to that, then are major midget players aloud to play? What about junior A players that are still attending high school or local Quebec Major Junior players? They need to draw the line somewhere, it's unfortunate but it does have to be done. AAA players also have many more opportunities within hockey and get to compete in many more tournaments that A and AA players, who get the cold shoulder all the time.

  • chris
    March 18, 2014 - 20:30

    I think they should bring high school hockey back, if they can, it was a great atmosphere and a great league to play in...get rid of those AA and A teams and focus on high school hockey (Hockey PEI). Give the kids a reason to focus on school and to play on their school team...