The first Wes For Youth Online High School Hockey Tournament held in Walkerton and Hanover last week was a huge success, raising an estimated $5,000 for organizers.
Six teams participated in tournament held Jan. 8 and 9, which was organized and hosted by Sacred Heart High School. Games were played at the Walkerton and Hanover arenas.
The gold banner winner was Norwell District out of Palmerston, beating Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School from Guelph, 2-1.
Host team Sacred Heart was the winner of the silver banner game, beating Centre Wellington 1-0.
The bronze game went to St. Mary’s Owen Sound, shutting out Hanover 6-0.
Earlier games saw: Norwell beat St. Mary’s, 3-2 and Centre Wellington 2-1, and Hanover 6-0; Sacred Heart beat Hanover 5-4 and lost to Centre Wellington 2-1 and Bishop Mac 1-0.
Local players of the game for Sacred Heart were Wendall Cameron, Justin Hooper, Jarrett Kuntz, Cody Lang and Mike Ratchford in the silver championship game. Players of the game for Hanover were Tanner Mighton, James Barclay, Devin Williams and Travis Sweeny in the bronze championship game.
The ad hoc Hanover team was made up of former teammates of Wes’. Because of the withdrawal of extra-curricular activities, the Hanover high school couldn’t enter a team, so a group of boys took it upon themselves to organize a team.
Money was raised by admission donations, food and merchandise sales, and a buy-out by Sacred Heart students for the game against Hanover, which saw more than 300 students pay a minimum of $5 to leave school and attend the game.
All money will be used to support www.wesforyouthonline.ca, an online counselling site for Grey-Bruce youth in emotional and mental distress. The site was started by Jamie and Yolanda Cameron and family in memory of their son Wes Cameron, who committed suicide in 2011. The site is hoped to be operational by February.