GORE BAY—Along with great hockey and tremendous community support, the return of the annual Frosty Cup Benefit Hockey Tournament will support four local individuals.
“The tournament was a huge success,” stated Scott McDougall, one of the organizers of the tournament held in Gore Bay last weekend. “There was some really good hockey played during the weekend, and the community support was awesome. There was great attendance at the games and the bar operated by the Gore Bay Rotary Club throughout the weekend was packed Friday and Saturday until it was time for the Frosty Cup dance (Saturday evening), which was also packed, and was hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 514 in Gore Bay.”
Mr. McDougall also mentioned, “the town and the Gore Bay arena staff were awesome.”
Members of the public were also very generous in donating funds towards the ice time at the arena for the tournament. The Rotary Club, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 514 and the Frosty Cup committee worked together to organize this year’s tournament.
Proceeds from the tournament and bar at the arena, as well as from the Legion dance, are being donated to four individuals in need of some assistance.
A total of 16 teams participated in the Frosty Cup: eight teams in the men’s sportsmen division, four in the ladies’ division and four in the men’s 40-plus division.
In the sportsmen ‘A’ division the Cole King (Canadian Tire) team won the championship final 4-2 over the Stewart Pearson team. Members of the King (Canadian Tire) team included Cole King, Connor Gillis, Brycton Lalonde, Mitchal Payette, Joe Guzzo, Justin Lanktree, Kurt Podiatis, Jayden Southwind, Justice Corbiere, Chase Kanaswe and Drew Patrick.
The men’s 40-plus division saw an overtime thriller. The Ken Blodgett team defeated M’Chigeeng by a 3-2 score. The Blodgett team included Chad Chevrette, Don Wright, Roger Hayden, Lucas Little, Tom Lockyer, Cole McLaughlin, Perry Como, Steph Madore, Scott McDougall, Norm Jones, Jeff Fennerty and Joel Locke.
Northern Storm won the ladies’ ‘A’ division championship with a 7-1 win over The Beavers. The winning squad included Ruby Simon Trudeau, Victoria Pitawanakwat, Gerri Lynn Manitowabi, Kennedy Lanktree, Roxxanne Corbiere, Danielle Shawana, Deidre Debassige, Delaney Webkamigad, Victoria Trudeau and Jorja Peltier.
The first Frosty Cup benefit hockey tournament was held in 2014 and has been running ever since, except for 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic.