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Players from Thorburn and Trenton Bantam Rec teams chase down the puck in Monday’s championship game at the Westville Miners Annual Christmas Tournament. Trenton defeated Thorburn 8-0 for the championship title.
WESTVILLE – An annual hockey tournament wrapped up Monday after five days of games and fundraising for Westville Minor Hockey.
David Sinnis, chairman of the Westville Miners Annual Christmas Tournament, said this tournament is in its 37th year and he believes this has been its most successful year yet in terms of profit.
“And it all goes back to the kids,” he said.
The tournament is a major fundraiser for the Westville Minor Hockey organization’s operating costs.
Last year, the tournament was a success, allowing an $8,000 surplus that went towards reducing registration fees for the players.
Sinnis said he expects they surpassed what they raised last year.
“It may be our most successful fundraiser ever for this tournament,” he said. “We don’t have the final numbers, but it looks like it will be a good one for sure.”
Sinnis said the tournament’s success is due to large crowds coming out to see the games and the hard work of the volunteers and parents who donate their time to make sure it runs smoothly.
“Overall, we’ve had big crowds,” he said. “Last night, this rink was packed.”
The tournament attracts teams from neighbouring counties that travel over the holidays to take part in it.
The snowstorm over the weekend caused the tournament to go off schedule, but the games that were cancelled Sunday took place the following day.
“Other than the weather, everything was right on time,” Sinnis said.
In the championship games that took place Sunday, Thorburn defeated Westville 6-1 in the Bantam B final, Stellarton defeated West Colchester 6-2 in the Midget C final
and Westville defeated Thorburn 4-0 in the Midget B championship game. On
Monday, the tournament wrapped up with Trenton defeating Thorburn 8-0 in the Bantam Rec final, Westville defeating Brookfield 4-3 in the Atom B championship and West Colchester defeating Westville in the Peewee B championship game with a final score of 10-3.