By: Vince Clark
This year’s iteration of the annual St-Georges Voyageurs Classic Ice Hockey Tournament took place on the weekend of December 13th – 15th at the Pine Falls Arena.
The tournament featured 9 teams, The St-Georges Voyageurs, the Pine Falls Ol’ Kings, the Lac du Bonnet Ol’ Blues, the Binmuckers (from the Beaches), the Smudge Pans (From Black River), the Bannock Boys (From Hollow Water), Skyline (A team featuring a couple of former Pine Falls Locals, but largely from Winnipeg), the Ojibway Bruins (From Sagkeeng), and the 2019 Rob Thomas Memorial Tournament Champions, the St-Georges Saugers. The tournament format this year was a double elimination bracket, as opposed to the round robin format of years past.
The St-Georges Saugers came in as the favourites, having taken the Rob Thomas Memorial Hockey Tournament by storm this past march. They didn’t disappoint, thrashing their first two opponents, the Smudge Pans and Skyline, by a combined score of 21-4. They then went on to defeat the Pine Falls Ol’ Kings before engaging in a rematch of the Rob Thomas Tournament Championship game against the Bin Muckers. The Saugers continued their dominance and handily won 10-2 to advance to the tournament final and send the Bin Muckers to the B-side of the bracket.
The Bin Muckers dispatched the Smudge Pans to advance to the final from the B-Side of the bracket and set up a rematch with the Saugers. It was all for not however, as the Saugers soundly defeated them again, this time by a 8-1 margin on the back of 4 goals by team captain Colin Cyr.
The tournament was very well organized, and despite the unseasonably warm weather, the ice was in good shape all weekend. The canteen food was hot, the beer was cold, and spectators and players alike thoroughly enjoyed this fun filled weekend of hockey.