Well, it was billed as a 4 on 4 hockey tournament.
The posters mentioned goalies.
And there was trophy presentation of sorts.
But mostly it was more in that great Canadian shinny tradition as a bunch of guys got together at the Tichborne Rink Saturday to lace up some skates and take shots at nets placed face-down, all the while building up some bragging rights. Oh, and they raised a few dollars for the rink project in Sharbot Lake.
It seemed that they might be keeping score, as it was explained that a ‘goal’ involved hitting the mesh only. If you could hear the clank of puck on metal, it wasn’t a score.
But as the 5 on 4 ‘game’ ended, it seemed that a ‘winner’ was chosen more by consensus than anything else.
“It’s last goal wins,” said Joan Hollywood, whose husband Rudy seemed to be the main ‘organizer’ of the event. “Rudy organized this.
“That should tell you a lot.”
“We don’t keep score when we play cards either,” said Richard Struthers, one of the ‘players.’
“We tried playing zero on zero but it was too low-scoring,” said another of the ‘players,’ Peter Shaver.
A lot of the participants play hockey Wednesday and Friday mornings at Piccadilly and as hockey aficionados, they were more than willing to help further the fundraising cause for the Sharbot Lake project.
“We made enough for a bundle of shingles,” said Gary Giller.
All kidding aside, there was a pair of sunglasses in the donation box.
As Tim Cota arrived with a box of hamburgers and hot dogs, everybody sat down to kibitz about their prowess, spurred on by the contributions of “beverage coordinator” Darrin Richard.
“All in all, it wasn’t a bad idea,” said Hollywood. “We made a little money for the roof, which has been held up by the weather, and we’ve managed to keep interest going for the project.
“We’d like to thank the District 4 Rec Committee for the use of the rink and thank the fans (all three of them) for coming out.”