Bruises, blood but plenty of good times

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While some people used the Remembrance Day long weekend to get out of town and head away for a brief stint before winter rolls in, hundreds of hockey fans and players came together in St. Anthony and Port au Choix for their respective annual three-day hockey tournaments.

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While some people used the Remembrance Day long weekend to get out of town and head away for a brief stint before winter rolls in, hundreds of hockey fans and players came together in St. Anthony and Port au Choix for their respective annual three-day hockey tournaments.

Twin Towns arena manager said Vanessa Rumbolt said there were plenty of good times had by fans and competitors alike.

"It's the biggest fundraiser of the year and it was a very successful tournament," she said.

Eight teams contested two divisions - the competitive and non-competitive - with the Straits Eagles taking top honours in the competitive division beating home town team Backstreet's Back 5-1.

The Port au Choix team is made up mostly of students who have gone away to study at university in St. John's but who make the annual pilgrimage home each year to play in the tournament.

The Eagles on the other hand looked eerily like the championship winning side that took out the Northern Peninsula senior hockey league championship team against the St. Anthony Polars in March.

It is understood that the senior league will be back in action with Twin Towns, Straits and St. Anthony all keen to keep the competitive hockey coming for fans.

In the non-competitive side of the draw, Kelly's Heroes were crowned champions.

In St. Anthony, the Nine Inch Males continued their dominance of the Remembrance Day tournament winning their fourth straight title in a torrid physical battle against the Goose Cove Screaming Eagles 4-3.

After taking an early lead, the Eagles struck back but couldn't sneak an equalizer late in the second half.

In the Over-40 division Labatts won back-to-back titles beating Green Island Brook 3-2.

 

Geographic location: St. Anthony, Port au Choix, St. John's

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