On Friday, we kick off the fourth annual Gary West Sr. Boys Hockey Tournament, featuring seven teams from across Ontario as well as from south of the border.
The tourney, hosted by the Varsity B team, is named in honour of a prominent Andrean, Gary West, a teacher at St. Andrew’s College for 33 years, starting in 1963. Mr. West was Athletic Director from 1965 until his retirement.
This year’s guest teams are:
- Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, Ohio
- Lakefield College School, Selwyn, Ontario
- Korah Collegiate & Vocational School, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
- The Kiski School, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania
- King City Secondary School, King City, Ontario
- St. Charles College, Sudbury, Ontario
- Upper Canada College, Toronto, Ontario
The teams are divided into two divisions, Kinney and Foy, named after former Andreans.
Ron Kinney taught science at St. Andrew's College from 1965 until 1999 and was Head of the Science Department from 1989 until his retirement. He was heavily involved in the SAC hockey program, coaching many teams over the years, including First Hockey. Mr. Kinney passed away in April 2004.
Aubrey Foy started at St. Andrew’s in 1976 as Head of Music and was Head of Flavelle House for 17 years. He is also credited with reviving the Pipes & Drum Corps. Mr. Foy held the position of Head of Admission when he retired after 27 years at SAC. He passed away in 2003.
Tournament namesake Gary West is scheduled to take part in the ceremonial puck-drop at the Friday evening game in the La Brier Family Arena.
Most games will be played at the La Brier Family Arena, with a couple of the Friday night games being hosted nearby at the Aurora Community Centre and the Magna Centre in Newmarket.
The Gary West Cup will be presented to the championship team, along with a “keeper” banner. The Cup resides at St. Andrew’s College.
The tournament coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in the United States, a consideration for teams travelling from south of the border.
Story by Julie Caspersen