History of the MacPherson Tournament

The annual MacPherson Tournament is a cherished tradition and a highly anticipated event in the St. Andrew’s school year. The tournament, a creation of retired teacher and first Hockey coach, Al Dunford, is one of the most respected and well-organized high school hockey tournaments in North America.

The first tournament in 1984 set the tone for the future. In the Friday night opening ceremony game held amid the pomp and tradition of the SAC Pipe & Drum Corps’ performance, the ceremonial dropping of the first puck, and the wildly cheering fans, St. Andrew’s defeated the fabled Hounds of Notre Dame 5-4 in overtime.
 
The tournament has had a truly North American flavour, hosting schools from Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Québec, Saskatchewan, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania as well as a variety of regions in Ontario.

At the outset, naming the tournament and the divisions was not difficult. Three Andreans – Lloyd MacPherson, Jim Hamilton ’33, and Bob Meagher – devoted many years to St. Andrew’s College and its goals and traditions. While their love of things Andrean was legendary, hockey was their passion.

Mr. MacPherson was Assistant to the Headmaster from 1957 to 1982 and was regarded as the standard bearer for our Scottish traditions. After his retirement in 1982, Mr. MacPherson returned to his beloved Nova Scotia. He passed away in March 1988.

Mr. Hamilton graduated from SAC in 1933, served as President of the Association, and in 1965 joined the St. Andrew’s College staff as Executive Director of the SAC Foundation. Under his leadership, the School added the McLaughlin Science Building and the Bedard Athletic Complex. Mr. Hamilton passed away in November 1989 and the 1990 tournament was played in his memory.

Dr. Meagher brought a strong academic background to SAC when he was appointed Academic Head of the Lower School in 1972. Until his retirement from the College in 1987, Dr. Meagher was an ardent supporter of life in the Lower School — Mac House, the Under 14 Hockey team, as well as friend and advisor to many young boys who were just beginning life away from home. In 1987, Dr. Meagher was appointed an Ontario Citizenship Court Judge. He passed away in June 2000.


Past Champions
Year
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Bronze Medal
2018
Edge School
Jungadler Mannheim
Seacoast Prep
2017
Northwood School
St. Andrew's College
Edge School
2016
Northwood School
St. Andrew's College
Albany Academy
2015
Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Northwood School
St. Andrew's College
2014
St. Andrew's College
Cégep de Ste-Foy
Cégep de Thetford
2013
St. Andrew's College
Upper Canada College
Northwood School
2012
Stanstead College
Upper Canada College
St. Andrew's College
2011
St. Andrew's College
Gilmour Academy
St. Francis High School
2010
Appleby College
Gilmour Academy
St. Andrew's College
2009
Gilmour Academy
St. Francis High School
Edge School
2008
Gilmour Academy
St. Andrew's College
St. Francis High School
2007
St. Andrew’s College
Edge School
Upper Canada College
2006
Northwood School
St. Andrew’s College
St. Francis High School
2005
St. Andrew’s College
Northwood School
St. Francis High School
2004
Upper Canada College 
National Sports Academy
St. Andrew’s College
2003
Upper Canada College
Gilmour Academy
IMG Academy
2002
Upper Canada College
Mount Carmel Secondary School
National Sports Academy
2001
Mount Carmel Secondary School
Upper Canada College
St. Andrew's College
2000
St. Charles College, Sudbury
St. Francis High School
St. Andrew's College
1999
St. Andrew's College
St. Charles College, Sudbury
Ridley College, St. Catharines 
1998
St. Andrew's College
Trinity College School, Port Hope
St. Thomas Aquinas, Brampton
1997
St. Charles College
St. Andrew's College
Nichols School (Buffalo, NY)
1996
St. Andrew's College
Dunbarton, Pickering
Trinity College School
1995
Upper Canada College
Shattuck-St. Mary's (MN) 
St. Charles College
1994
Nichols School 
St. Andrew's College
St. Charles College
1993
St. Andrew's College
Nichols School
Scollard Hall, North Bay
1992
St. Charles College
St. Andrew's College
Upper Canada College 
1991
St. Charles College 
Nichols School
St. Andrew's College
1990
Nichols School
Saunders Secondary (London) 
Oromocto High School (NB)
1989
Nichols School
Monarch Park, Toronto
Notre Dame du Foy (Que.)
1988
Notre Dame du Foy (Que.)
Nichols School
St. Andrew's College
1987
Nichols School
Lionel Groulx (Que.)
Notre Dame du Foy (Que.)
1986
Nichols School     
Cranbrook School (New Hampshire) 
Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan)
1985
Nichols School
St. Andrew's College
Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan)
1984
New Hampton School (New Hampshire)    
St. Andrew's College
Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan)

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