TRENTON — Nearly 20 hockey teams in various novice divisions gathered last weekend for the second annual Bauer MacIsaac Memorial Jamboree at the Trenton Arena.
The event featured six teams from Pictou County out of the eight Novice Advances teams, six Novice Intermediate teams, and four Novice Development teams during games played from Friday through Sunday.
“It’s been great,” organizer Allison McNeil-Wilson said. “It’s really nice for the kids to see kids from other areas.”
The tournament is played in memory of Bauer MacIsaac, who was born in 2012 and died in 2017 in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
McNeil-Wilson praised the volunteer work to supply food and other items, and the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library for supplying books through its Adopt-A-Library book reading program.
The jamboree reflects the non-competitive aspect of novice division hockey.
Emphasis is on giving players their share of ice time. To achieve that, the players are on the ice for 90-second shifts.
Goals scored are celebrated but not recorded.
Besides the Pictou County Bantam Memorial tournament this weekend, two more are on the schedule.
The combined Adam Larade and Teresa Gallant tournaments will be played from Feb. 7 to 10 at the Hector Arena in Pictou.
The Bradley Crowther Memorial Midget C tournament will be played Feb. 15 to 18 at the Westville Miners Sports Centre.
New Glasgow and East Hants players react as the puck passes them during their hockey game on Saturday in Trenton. (Goodwin photo)