History of the MacPherson Tournament

Now in its 34th year, the Annual MacPherson Tournament has become a cherished tradition and highly anticipated event in the St. Andrew’s school year. The tournament, a creation of now retired First Hockey coach and teacher 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 opening ceremony game held on the Friday night 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 1957-1982 and was regarded as the standard bearer for our Scottish traditions. After his retirement in 1982, Mr. MacPherson returned to his beloved Nova Scotia where he passed away in March 1988.

Mr. Hamilton was a life-long Andrean. He 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 of 2000.

Past Champions

Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal
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'sCollege Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan)
1984 New Hampton School (New Hampshire)      St. Andrew's College Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan)

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