Grumpy, but enjoying good hockey

Parksville teams won three of the five divisions in the weekend’s fun action

James Ethier of the Parksville Black Aces was one of the stars of the Grumpy Old Men Hockey Tournament this past weekend.

DEVIN OWPALUKNEWS Contributor

They may be long in the tooth, but they’ve still got the moves.

Parksville teams took home the championship in three of the five divisions at the 26th annual Grumpy Old Men hockey tournament, which kicked off Friday, April Fools Day.

These guys didn’t come to fool, they came to play. Over the course of three days, 24 teams played 36 round robin games, plus five championship finals. Teams came from up and down the Island, across the strait and from as far away as Edmonton.

“It’s been a great success,” said tournament director Charlie Schaal. “(Although) we’ve had a few over-enthusiastic players.”

The teams were organized into five divisions. Each division is named after a former Grumpy Old Men player who has since passed on: the Bob Gold division (ages 55-plus), the George Redl division (50-plus), the Fred McEachern and Dan Tingley divisions (45-plus) and the Zee Kowal division (35-plus).

It seemed the players thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They showed great skill and hustle on the ice, as well as displaying good sportsmanship.

Said long-time veteran of the tournament Mike Hanna from Campbell River: “It’s fantastic, well run. The referees were fantastic.”

The Parksville Black Aces won the Bob Gold 55-plus division final 2-­1 against the Duncan Hustlers. The first goal was scored by Dan Zauran and the second by Rick Deleau, who said the Aces won through “teamwork.” Aces goalie James Ethier only let in one goal in four games.

The Parksville Bruins won the George Redl 50-plus division final 8-­3 against Campbell River 50 B’s. Said Gord Dodd: “Fun tournament, good camaraderie.”

Goalie Perry Elderbroom added: “(We played a) super defensive game, super tight. We played a pressure game. It’s a great tournament. I like the (age) levels. All the games were even.”

The Port McNeil Ice Devils won the Fred McEachern 45-plus division final 5­-1 against the Gold River Greyhawks. The Victoria Capital Iron Miners took the Dan Tingley 45-plus division final 4-­3 against the Nanaimo Pylons.

Another Parksville team nabbed the Zee Kowel 35-plus division final in a tense shootout. In perhaps the closest match of all, the Victoria Police Capitals tied the Oceanside Stars 2-­2 in the last three minutes while Oceanside was serving two penalties.

Oceanside beat Victoria 2-­1 in the shootout, with stars Glen Fyfe and team captain Joe Snyder scoring.

“It was closely matched, both teams did their best,” said Snyder. “It’s a fun tournament with lots of teams and lots of fun.”

All of the three Parksville winning teams went undefeated in the tournament.

Said Spruce Grove (Alta.) Old Pines player Neil Holyoak: “It’s a great and well- run (tournament), the weather and the nice arenas. Everybody we’ve met is great.”

Organizers said the community benefits greatly from the tournament with visiting teams staying at local hotels and enjoying some of the region’s fine restaurants.

In addition, the tournament ran a charity fundraiser meat draw at the Rod and Gun restaurant to raise money to get more youth involved in skating and hockey.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach society goes to bat for insect eaters

Two bat houses built to monitor population in Heritage Forest

Parksville reopens portion of wetland

City undertakes review, remediation of liability concerns

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

Vehicle knocks out Parksville power pole

Traffic single lane heading southbound

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Friends and family playing huge role in search for Vancouver Island man

Volunteers from the public join forces with SAR crews

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

Central Vancouver Island man dies in single-vehicle collision

Pickup truck with three occupants went off the road near Port Alberni

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

Most Read