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by Suzanne Gammon
It was a fun-filled weekend of bonding and bragging, friends competing on ice and then catching up off ice, as 15 teams faced off at the annual Sturgeon Falls Old Timers Fun Weekend hockey tournament March 22 to 25.
The event was split into four categories, one for regular participants of the SF Old Timers league, with players aged 35 and up forming five teams; one for the Verner league Les Boys, which had three teams; one for female players, which included four teams of players from North Bay to Sudbury; and finally the Super Old Timers, aged 60 and up, who had two local teams and a visiting team.
SF Old Timers League president Marc Cuillerier said there was “a good mix” of players, with the teams reformed every year to ensure a fair distribution of talent. He adds there is no cup or trophy on the line, just golf shirts for the winners and “bragging rights”.
Cuillerier notes that the Super Old Timers, who usually play every Tuesday morning during the regular season, have players in their late 70’s. “They even include two [WN Sports] Hall of Fame members, Mike Penasse and Edgar Gagné, so that’s pretty cool,” he beams. The two local teams are joined every year by The Hackers, players from Montreal, Ottawa, Huntsville, even Alberta who come back to Sturgeon Falls every year just for the tournament. “The Super Old Timers play just for fun, there is no score on the board. They’re all winners,” says Cuillerier.
That’s not the case in the Old Timers division, where A Division finalists Chicago and The Leafs battled hard up to the final on Sunday afternoon. Chicago team captain Michael Dupuis says it was a hard-fought contest, but the Leafs took the win honestly with a 3-1 victory. Leafs captain Shawn Lavigne was thrilled with his crew, noting they narrowly beat Chicago on Friday evening as well, and were looking forward to the rematch in the final.
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