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Mark Carter (right) shakes Luke Allen’s hand as he hands over a sponsorship cheque for the 48th annual Bluenose Tournament, which begins Friday in Amherst and Springhill. On hand for Wednesdays presentation was: (front, from left) Brenda Carter, Albion Auto Peewee A Ramblers player Kyle Allen, Novice Kent Ramblers player Matthew Allen, AFD Atom AA Ramblers player Luke Allen, Mark Carter, (back, from left) Mike Hunter and Richard Allen.
AMHERST – The 48th annual Bluenose Tournament kicks off Friday in Amherst and Springhill, and runs until Sunday afternoon.
The two-weekend tournament is the biggest hockey tournament in Cumberland County.
“More than 25 teams come from throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to take part in the tournament, and more than 600 players participate,” said Richard Allen, tournament organizer.
The Atom B, Atom AA and Peewee AA divisions are featured in the first weekend of the hockey tournament.
The second weekend begins Dec. 6 and features the Novice Advanced, Peewee A, Bantam A and Midget A divisions.
Carters Sports Cresting has sponsored the tournament the last four years and they are sponsoring the tournament again this year.
“We enjoy giving back to the community,” said Mark Carter, owner/operator of Carters sports Cresting. “Anytime there’s kids involved we like being involved.”
Both Carter and Allen are looking forward to the dropping of the first puck on Friday.
“We hope people coming to the tournament have a good time and enjoy Cumberland hospitality,” said Allen.
Allen also thanks tournament organizing committee members Michelle McEachern, Michelle Meekins and Billy-Jo Oulton.
“They’ve been a big help,” said Allen.
This year’s Bluenose tournament is in honour of Roy Maltby who recently passed away.
The Bluenose Tournament takes place at Amherst Stadium and the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
The schedule for this weekend is as follows:
5:45 p.m. – (Atom B) Dartmouth vs. Cumberland
6:45 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
7 p.m. – (Atom AA) Shediac/Cap-Pele vs. Cumberland
8:15 p.m. – (Peewee AA) Cumberland vs. Strait Richmond
4:30 p.m. (Atom B) Dieppe vs. Lewisville
5:45 p.m. – (Atom AA) West Hants vs. Bedford
9 a.m. – (Atom B) Dieppe vs. Dartmouth
10:15 a.m. – (Atom B) Cole Harbour vs. Bedford
11:30 a.m. – (Peewee AA) Straight Richmond vs. Kent Center
12:45 p.m. – (Atom AA) Truro vs. West Hants
2 p.m. – (Atom B) Dartmouth vs. Cole Harbour
3:45 p.m. – (Atom AA) Bedford vs. Yarmouth
9:15 a.m. – (Atom AA) Truro vs. Shediac/Cap-Pele
10:30 a.m. – (Peewee AA) Cumberland vs. Shediac/Cap-Pele
11:45 a.m. – (Atom AA) Bedford vs. Shediac/Cap-Pele
1 p.m. – (Atom AA) Cumberland vs. Yarmouth
2:15 p.m. – (Peewee AA) Shediac/Cap-Pele vs. Kent Center
3:30 p.m. – (Atom B) Cumberland vs. Bedford
4:45 p.m. – (Atom B) Cole Harbour vs. Lewisville
9:15 a.m. – (Atom AA) West Hants vs. Cumberland
10:30 a.m. – (Peewee AA) Cumberland vs. Kent
11:45 a.m. – (Atom AA) Truro vs. Yarmouth
1 p.m. – Atom B Championship
2:30 p.m. – Atom AA Championship
8 a.m. – (Atom B) Cumberland vs. Lewisville
9:15 a.m. – (Atom B) Dieppe vs. Bedford
10:30 a.m. (Peewee AA) Shediac/Cap-Pele vs. Straight Richmond
2 p.m. – Peewee AA Championship