By Josh Howald
For the 38th consecutive year, hockey players from all over the province spent the weekend in Kincardine at the Erie Belle Old Stars hockey tournament.
Five teams claimed division championships on Sunday at the Davidson Centre, but many other winners were declared as well, most notably the Kincardine Hospital and the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association. Minor baseball and minor soccer will be getting donations as well, from funds raised over the weekend at the always popular tournament and dance.
But most of the action took place on the ice.
The Girls Division was won by a team from Hamilton, called Ron's Girls. Bruce Beach won the over-45 Division, while the Ripley Classics claimed the over-35 division of the tournament. The over-35 A Division was won by the Tiverton Old Diggers, while the under-35 rec division was won by a Kincardine team, the Boozehounds.
"I would like to thank all the teams, all the people who came out to support the tournament," said Bob Surridge, current president of the OldStars, who have donated more than $10,000 to the local hospital over the years.
He also thanked all the tournament sponsors, including Miller Insurance, who donated Blue Jays tickets, and Bruce Power, who donated an iPod Apple Mini. It was won by Alana Hudson, who played for Ron's Girls.
"The current players and the alumni always help us out over the weekend, and it was great to see everybody out," said Surridge, who also thanked Rogers TV, MyFM and theBeach radio stations and the Kincardine Independent for helping spread the word.
Also sponsoring the annual event was Ron Boucher from the Erie Belle, Gilley's, the Bruce Steakhouse, Tramanto's, the Hawg's Breath, Boston Pizza, the Hair Connection, First Impressions and Dynamic Hair Design.
"If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize - it has been a very busy weekend," laughed Surridge on Monday morning.
"It was fun, and certainly another success."