44th edition of Bluenose tourney begins Friday

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AMHERST - The 44th edition of the Carter's Sports Cresting Bluenose Minor Hockey Tournament will kick off at rinks in Springhill and Amherst beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday with action in three divisions.
In the atom AA division, the Cumberland County Amherst Fire Department Ramblers will host the West Colchester Cobras, Strait-Richmond Pirates and Pictou County Crushers while in atom A the Cumberland County Amherst Toyota Cool Blues will host the Shelburne Flames, Antigonish Bulldogs and Pictou County Crushers.
The peewee AA division features the host Cumberland County Jungle Jim's Ramblers as well as the Riverview (N.B.) Blues, West Hants Warriors and KV Sabres from Saint John, N.B.
The second weekend of the tournament will take place in early April and feature action in the bantam A and AA divisions as well as minor midget AAA, midget A, midget girls and peewee A.
The Bluenose tournament began in the mid-1960s as a friendship event featuring the Peewee Macks coached by Keith Blenkhorn. From then, the tournament grew to become one of the largest in the Maritimes.
The tournament's dates have changed several times over the years from the Easter weekend to late November. Because of scheduling, conflicts this year's tournament had to be split over two weekends a couple months apart.
Next year, officials with the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association hope to move the tournament back to late November.
Following is the schedule for this weekend:
Friday
At Springhill
3 p.m. - Atom AA West Colchester vs. Pictou County
4:30 p.m. - Atom AA Strait-Richmond vs. Cumberland
At Amherst
3 p.m. - Peewee AA West Hants vs. Cumberland
4:30 p.m. - Official opening
4:30 p.m. - Atom A Shelburne vs. Cumberland
6 p.m. - Atom A Antigonish vs. Pictou County
7:30 p.m. - Peewee AA KV vs. Riverview
Saturday
At Springhill
8:30 a.m. - Atom A Antigonish vs. Shelburne
10 a.m. - Atom A Cumberland vs. Pictou
11:30 a.m. - Peewee AA Cumberland vs. KV Sabres
1 p.m. - Peewee AA West Hants vs. Riverview
4 p.m. - Atom A Cumberland vs. Antigonish
5:30 p.m. - Peewee AA West Hants vs. KV
7 p.m. - Peewee AA Cumberland vs. Riverview
At Amherst
10:10 a.m. - Atom AA Cumberland vs. Pictou County
11:35 a.m. - Atom AA West Colchester vs. Strait-Richmond
2:30 p.m. - Atom AA Pictou County vs. Strait-Richmond
4 p.m. - Atom Cumberland vs. West Colchester
Sunday
At Springhill
9 a.m. - Atom A final
11 a.m. - Atom AA final
1 p.m. - Peewee AA final

Organizations: Fire Department, Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association

Geographic location: AMHERST, Pictou County, Shelburne Cumberland County Saint John

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