Amherstburg Oldtimers

Oldtimers tournament held last weekend

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Oldtimers maintained their tradition with their annual hockey tournament last weekend.

“We had a great turnout; we are getting more teams that want to enter than we can handle at this time,” said Jim Rousseau, one of the tournament’s organizers.  “We had 28 teams playing last weekend, six from Amherstburg, one from Bothwell, one from Tillsonburg, six from Michigan and 12 from Windsor and Essex County area.”

There were seven divisions of four teams each playing at the three-day tournament at the Libro Centre. Divisions included one open, 40-rec, four 50-and-over and one 60-and-over.

Rousseau stated this season has been good as they have played in three local tournaments and got into the finals where they won one and lost the other two. The Amherstburg Oldtimers also played in a tournament in Kitchener were they lost in the finals there.

“We have two more Thursday night skates and then we will be off to St Catharines for a season ending tournament,” he said. The Amherstburg Oldtimers’ charity donations again this year will most likely be the Amherstburg Jumpstart program and the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

Attendance numbers for all the local teams’ games were good, said Rousseau.

“We would like to thank all teams for coming out for tournament,” he stated.

Amherstburg Oldtimers tournament draws team from this area and Michigan

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament returned again this year with over two dozen teams hitting the ice.

The tournament ran last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with 26 teams participating on both ice pads over the three days. That number was down slightly from last year, when 28 teams participated, but tournament manager Jim Rousseau indicated that was due to some of the players being banged up.

“I’ve got five teams from Michigan and the rest are from Essex County and Windsor,” said Rousseau. “There are seven teams from Amherstburg alone.”

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

Rousseau said three of the Amherstburg teams were in the open division with four coming from the Tri-Community Men’s Hockey League that play Sunday mornings. There were six divisions and various age groups with most divisions having four teams with the other having six.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament has been running for nearly four decades and continues to thrive because people locally want it to succeed.

“It’s the commitment,” said Rousseau. “It’s a tradition. We don’t let it die.”

The tournament also benefits the community. The Amherstburg Oldtimers purchase whatever they need locally and also make donations to Canadian Tire Jumpstart and the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

“I took the approach that we are from the town and we should support the town,” said Rousseau.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers, who scrimmage Thursday nights at the Libro Centre, also travel to tournaments throughout the hockey season. They won a recent tournament in Tillsonburg and will be travelling to St. Catharines in a few weeks.